In times where the waters are anything but still, one needs a hell of a fine boat to sail through them. That's why umnavio's name (one ship) is so fit for its purposes. Formed and based in Uberlandia, MG, umnavio picture the basic idea of having a band: four friends who happen to love music and want to make it together. They work with a very underappreciated formula but take it to a whole new level. The single "Descanso", which is a live session, reminds oneself of the times when the word indie meant something special, creative, original and visceral; their ep, 2009's "Sete Coisas Que a Gente Guarda no Bolso", out by Cheder Records, it's a compilation of truly amazing songs. Outstanding lyrics, very emotional singing, pure and raw feeling. With deserved media, the record might open the door for many other great musical acts hidden and crushed under a widely ignorant concept of what popular rock music is.
"Sete coisas..." is structured in seven songs (and one bonus track) named quite simply yet the titles are richly illustrated by the words. It can be thought of as conceptual. It's just one of the many ways to look at it. Some magazines linked them to bands like Cap n' Jazz and a few of the so called "real emo" scene, the one which boomed in the 90's, long time before the term Emo started being regarded as it is today. However, that statement can be easily put to test. At most, it can be related to exquisite underground bands in Brazil, such as Polara, the late-great College, Gigante Animal (whom they toured with) and many others but, even though they're great groups, umnavio has that special something that it's been missing from brazilian pop rock scene. For them, music comes first. That's crystal clear as soon as you play the first track. It's unawarely popular. It's evolution.
The band is currently on hiatus when it comes to live gigs but are expected to release a new EP in early 2011. It will be tough to match "Sete Coisas..." quality and, as lead singer/guitarrist Lucas Vasconcelos said, they're "still trying to write a song better than Descanso". As worried as he might be, though, there's no trouble there. The follow up should be better or, at least, just as good. As for a full-lenght, the quartet is taking their time at the sea.
In this dark era music has been experiencing, umnavio refuse to walk the plank, they'd rather shine a light on a scenario that can redefine what pop-rock is. So, climb up your local lighthouse, mate, and keep an eye on the horizon. This ship has come to make port.