Singer/songwriter Rodrigo Amarante is probably best known in indie rock circles for his time as a member of Little Joy and Los Hermanos. Easy Sound Records released Amarante’s solo debut, Cavalo, a couple of months ago, and the material on the album was written during a peculiar period when Amarante returned to his native Rio De Janiero after many years away, and recognized that he was a stranger – in a place he once knew . And perhaps, even stranger that his home was something he kind of mythologized in his own mind.
“Hourglass” the album’s first single sonically, owed a debt to the psychedelic 60s, thanks to a series of buzzing and twisting organ chords that punctuate the hook; however, the throbbing bass lines and Amarante’s speak-sing vocals brought Cake and Soul Coughing to mind.
In the press notes for Amarante’s latest single “Tardei,” the singer/songwriter says that the song is sung in a retrospective perspective about a trip and the time that it took for it to end. Sung entirely in Portuguese, the song’s arrangement is sparse, as its comprised of Amarante’s vocals, guitar and backing vocals, and it immediately evokes the sense of an old folk song – in particular, a song that seemingly is as old as time itself.
The video is gorgeously and cinematically shot and conveys something fantastical and larger-than-life. And this is done to suggest something much deeper about human memory. As Amarante mentioned in the press notes, "my attempt with this video is to convey this idea to the ones who don’t understand the lyrics in Portuguese and to suggest, with the way it is very staged and fantastical, the sense that memory is an invention and, like our identity both embellished and incomplete, it is a creative tool that comes alive when looked at, a source of perspective.“
In any case, the song and it’s respective video are both strange and hauntingly beautiful.