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Leo Maia: Making organic modern progressive rock, exploring harmonic dynamics and ever-shifting odd time signatures.

Leo Maia - Pneumothorax

Leo Maia is a Brazilian progressive rock / metal singer, passionate composer and self-producer. His style is grounded on vintage prog influences, blended with post-rock and spiced up with metal, resulting in an original hybrid progressive music. Maia philosophy is to make modern prog rock that is accessible with a primary focus on song writing. Drawing from a wide range of influences

Pneumothorax is the dynamic debut offering from prog artist Leo Maia. With a distinctive style rooted in vintage ‘70s prog influences, blended with post-rock and spiced up with heavy metal riffs, the Brazilian composer, now based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada is beginning his musical journey with a stunning release.«I’m extremely excited about this debut release and how the final product turned out. It’s been a real struggle for me, both physically and mentally, to overcome this Pneumothorax. My chest muscles and ribs still hurt to this day, but seeing all of these feelings turned into an emotionally loaded song and the reception it’s been getting really brightens my spirit! Especially with how people are liking my singing, which was my greatest worry when I was lying in bed with a chest tube. Will I ever sing this song again?, a quote from the song, is a true statement from my own self-doubting mind».

Beautifully crafted melodies and harmonies deliver an epic piece of composition. From soaring vocals and jazz instruments to organ sections and heavy distorted guitars Pneumothorax has it all. The single is fantastic debut bringing something different into the progressive realms.

The track Pneumothorax is an epic and emotional journey through the artist’s real life experience with a total lung collapse. The song makes the listener experience the multiple mental states of the story, from a calm day suddenly interrupted by pain and fear, leading to anxiety and wrapped up in a triumphant energetic hospital discharge. Leo Maia’s composition mixes vintage prog influences with metal and post-rock, rich in harmony dynamics.

This song was fully recorded and produced in a bedroom on the artist’s home in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was produced using Reaper and only using stock or free plugins.

For fans of: King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Oceansize, Mogwai, Dream Theater

Leo focuses on making organic modern progressive rock, exploring harmonic dynamics and ever-shifting odd time signatures while gluing everything together through smooth melodic lines. His proposal is to not depend on overly technical instrumental mechanics, but focusing on composition, songwriting and message in order to achieve a progressive sound.

Lyrics:

Breath

It’s taken for granted

The taste of air is

So sweet

Suddenly stops

Hold me down

Drain the oxygen away

Cut me, tube me, save me

Let me breath

Tie my gown

Take me to the x-ray

Hold me down

Drain my lungs

Pneumothorax

Will I ever sing this song again?

Pneumothorax

Release my soul

Bear the night out, alone

Hear the bubbles in the drain

Can’t sleep at all, burning, stabbing

In my chest

Eyelids barely open

Feel anxiety take place

Let me go

To your arms

Pneumothorax

Will I ever sing this song again?

Pneumothorax

Release my soul

Lyrics translation to Portuguese (Leo Maia’s native language):

Breath (Respiração)

It’s taken for granted (é dada como garantida)

The taste of air is (o sabor do ar é)

So sweet (tão doce)

Suddenly stops (de repente para)

Hold me down (me segure)

Drain the oxygen away (drene o oxigénio para fora)

Cut me, tube me, save me (me corte, me entube, me salve)

Let me breath (me deixe respirar)

Tie my gown (amarre minha bata)

Take me to the x-ray (me leve para o raio x)

Hold me down (me segure)

Drain my lungs (drene meus pulmões)

Pneumothorax (pneumotórax)

Will I ever sing this song again? (será que vou cantar esta canção novamente?)

Pneumothorax (pneumotórax)

Release my soul (libere minha alma)

Bear the night out, alone (aguente a noite toda, sozinho)

Hear the bubbles in the drain (escute o borbulhar do dreno)

Can’t sleep at all, burning, stabbing (sem conseguir dormir, queima, perfura)

In my chest (no meu peito)

Eyelids barely open (pálpebras mínimamente abertas)

Feel anxiety take place (sinta a ansiedade dominar)

Let me go (me deixe ir)

To your arms (para teus braços)

Pneumothorax (pneumotórax)

Will I ever sing this song again? (será que vou cantar esta canção novamente?)

Pneumothorax (pneumotórax)

Release my soul (libere minha alma)

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6841 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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