You know when a song very naturally expresses our state of mind? When a song translates, almost intuitively, our feelings? This typical naturalness marks the musician’s first solo work Rafa Martins, from the band Savages in Search of the Law. No album Sights, which goes from the bedroom to the sea, it conveys in sincere and serene tones much of what we feel (and continue to feel) in the confusing days, with uncertain sun, that have settled since the time the record was born.
In an interview with pavé music, the artist tells about the inspirations, affections and ambitions, changes and returns that make up the world of his new album, an invitation to tear the sky, feel again and have a coffee.
Música Pavé: Rafa, unlike his work with Selvagens à Busca da Lei, Sights It’s clearly “inside”. This fits well into the sonic language of the album. Did you opt for folk, for the softer sound, due to the limitations of the context or because you already envisioned more intimate songs?
Rafa Martins: It came a little from the compositions that reflected the state of mind I was in, but it also came from the aesthetics that I wanted to assume on the record. During the writing process of the album I was totally immersed in the folk universe and at that moment it made a lot of sense, also because of the limitations, to leave the guitar as the center of all the sound.
MP: Listening to the album, the reference genres come out quite naturally. More specifically, who did you hear that served as a direct inspiration to compose the world of Landscapes? And where did the ideas for the clips come from?
Rafa: I listened a lot to Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, George Harrison…. and so on. The clips are all about the moment of social isolation. The script ideas started from there. They had to function independently of large teams or locations that involved health risks. the clip of Boat in Your Sea was in a house, crazy bird, in an apartment and Café, in one place. I’m not going to lie, I loved doing them all like this! I felt more able to act more naturally with few people working there with me.
MP: If you were to choose a track like “this here is Sights“, which would you choose? Why?
Rafa: I think that Boat in Your Sea. It well symbolizes the Sights in the lyrics, in the melody and in the context in which it was written.
MP: Sights came from a strange world, of seclusion and deprivation of the usual resources to make music – without the public routine of a band, without concerts and the like. The album clearly translates the anguish and hopes at stake in this context. But things are changing. How do you expect the songs to be received now, in a post-isolation world? what do you expect from Sights live, beyond the bedroom at home?
Rafa: Good question. I played two solo shows since the album was released and three with Selvagens, and I can say that the feeling It’s a fresh start, in many ways. On stage, I try to simulate an environment as if it were a room, very intimate. The public response has been very good, little by little people are memorizing the lyrics and even getting emotional while singing. For me, it’s a sign that I managed to convey something real on the record. Speaking of this crazy period of coming and going of things, the public is still a little confused by everything, venues are adapting, musicians and bands too. It is a new moment that has no stability and everything can change at any time.
MP: One of the elements behind the record was also your return to Fortaleza after a long time in São Paulo. How does this geographical displacement appear in the compositions? How did the change of place stir your imagination?
Rafa: Undoubtedly, this change was a direct influence throughout the process. This return moved my affective memory a lot, in a way it brought back some feelings that were dormant and have to do with roots. Other than that, the contrast of SP x Fortaleza, which is in the climate, geography, beach, rhythm… As a very lonely process, in which I composed and recorded alone (with participation) one of the coolest feelings I had was to remember from when I was a teenager and was playing and recording in my room when I lived with my parents. I felt in a already seen, but with all the baggage and experience that I carry today.
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