Labirinto is a band from the giant Brazilian town São Paulo, and Divino Afflante Spiritu is their tenth release. The band is a sextet and the first album came in 2006, three years after their formation. The band was a desire and experience of friends whom aimed to work out their musical influences through the composition of instrumental music. Inspired by feature movie scores, experimental music bands & sounds and references that go beyond music itself. References to arts, photography and literature, the compositions look in to create textures and images based vibes, as in a soundtrack. Inviting the listener to come up with the picture and scenario on his own mind. The song Divino Afflante Spiritu,
Labirinto develops sounds, timbres and dynamics that are all equally blended, avoiding the predominance of a unique sound source. Their harmonics constructions is done by guitars, bass and drums, followed by analogic and digital synths, cello, violin, piano e other instruments. The São Paulo prioritize the emotions aroused by running through the whole aesthetic labyrinth.
Labirinto is acknowledged as a pioneer in developing its musical style in Brazil. Their references are based on post-rock, progressive rock, experimentalism, and minimalism, classical and Brazilian popular music. After some years of career consolidation, the band is one of the most respected and renowned in the indie scene, getting good reviews from the public and the press. São Paulo’s Labirinto are not the spearheads of a vivid local scene, but to stay within the realms of post-rock metaphor, more of an isolated island within a vast ocean of nothingness.
The song Agnus Dei,
Divino Afflante Spiritu is already the band’s 10th release, but only the 3rd full-length album. The band’s back catalogue is made up of a number of EPs and splits (with Thisquletarmy among others), a detail which showcases the band’s strong roots in the DIY scene. Guitarist Erick Cruxen and drummer Muriel Curi, a long-married couple, have learned how take control of every aspect of the band’s universe themselves: from running their own record label to booking their own tours to running their own recording studio, the internationally renowned Dissenso Studios in São Paulo.
This time, Cult Of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg was hired for the productions, but the entire production happened via the internet, exemplary for this time we live in. Lindberg ever setting foot on Brazilian soil! Since the pre-production phase, Curi kept in touch with Lindberg, Cruxen comments, «We talked a lot to him about our plans and ideas for the tracking sessions. He did an online support video session during the recording sessions, and we were aligning ideas for technical decisions. He was monitoring the whole recording process, basically. At the end, we sent him the audio files and he mixed and mastered the album at his own Redmount Studios in Stockholm».