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There was a thread in American music in the late 1960s that someone untangled across the U.S., then stretched over to Europe, where it took root in 80s shoegaze. It ties together bands as disparate as the 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Mazzy Star, Blonde Redhead, and the Jesus & Mary Chain. It?s noise rock or math punk or psychedelic or shoegaze or doom: It?s the down-tuned sound of chaos and beauty, and while no one was looking, it also worked its way through the Americas and took root in Brazil under the name Firefriend. The Black Hole (Little Cloud Records, 2017) - a tight three-song EP that clocks in at 21 minutes - is the eighth release from the Sao Paulo trio. This is music to play in the dark, a sonic soundscape made for dreaming beside the campfire or - as the title track demands - it?s music for turning up and driving through the desert night with, full-tilt and fully immersed. The bass grooves move you along; the drums tell your heart to beat; the guitar-work needles its way into your subconscious and pulls forth demons; and the vocals ease you back to sleep. Firefriend pulled that thread from the 60s and created something that feels like a bit of everything that thread ever touched. Their sound doesn?t rush to the pop hook or stall itself in the crunchy riffs, it glides above everything else in its own orbit, echoing the best parts of psychedelic, shoegaze, and noise by taking it all into strange new fields of bliss. And with a vinyl release from Portland?s Little Cloud Records, it can be heard as God intended at epic 45 rpm. Do yourself a favor: Turn the music on, the lights off, and let yourself go.
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Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Jan 2018
Questo trio psych di San Paolo, Brasile capitanato dalla vocalist e bassista Julia Grassetti (comple...


Le Crowley, UK. Dec 2019
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Firefriend are Julia Grassetti (bass and vocals), Caca Amaral (drums...


Le Crowley, UK. Apr 2018
São Paolo’s Firefriend are back with a new LP, Sulfur, set for release on Portland based label Li...


Primal Music Blog, Ireland. OCt 2018
The ever prolific São Paulo-based trio of ‘Firefriend’ continue to plough a deep sonic furrow i...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Jun 2019
Il miglior gruppo rock psichedelico in circolazione? Non lo so. Voglio dire, sono sicuro che ciascun...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA. Nov 2018
Pity São Paulo band Firefriend, who’ve been at it for over a decade and whose waves of superlativ...


Simon SixSmith, Netherlands. Dec 2013
Firefriend suddenly got a lot less friend and a lot more fire. This is a sweeping, expansive, peyote...


Kev Drummond, UK. Jun 2018
Manchester.London.New York.Berlin. All cities that we associate with having rich and varied musical ...


Linkiesta, Italia. May 2015
... è piuttosto un meraviglioso caleidoscopio di influenze. I Firefriend non si fa...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA. Aug 2019
More than deserving of its place deep in rock’n’roll’s hall of fame is the mid-distant, part-s...


Al Schenkel, Brasil. May 2014
O Firefriend investe pesado na dissonância, ruídos e experimentações, trazendo em seu ...


Dan Joy, US. Jun 2018
Setting aside the buzzy haphazardness and semantic dilution characterizing today's use of “psyched...


Reverb is for lovers, Germany. Apr 2018
Grenzen waren Firefriend schon immer egal. So auch auf dem neuen Album, das Noise, Psych und Space R...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Apr 2018
“Colpaccio della Little Cloud Records di Portland, Oregon che si aggiudica (diciamo così) la pubb...