Growing up, I have always been a fan of the haunting, “leaves-you-in-a-trance” kind of music. The kind of music that sends you out of your world in a jiffy, and keeps you there until you snap out of it. The “Shadow Of The Tomb Raider” soundtrack and the jungles of South America, the “Witcher 3” soundtrack and the world of the witchers, and the “Death Stranding” soundtrack and the post-apocalyptic, proto-modern world, are all shining examples of the kind I refer to. “Tribo” by Hummana may very well be up there with all of these collections and does just that. Keep reading to know why I had the gall to put these together.
The moment this album comes on, the kind of atmosphere it creates is not one from the world of today at all. The whole air changes from the modern, industrial world, to that of purity. I say this in the best possible sense– that Tribo is an experience I have yet few words to describe. Starting off extremely strongly with “Bailinho”, the first track from the album, the minimal instrumentation and the intimacy that Hummana manage to create with the vocals, are truly something mesmerising. There are elements of progressive music shining all over the track, with the occasional electronic element keeping one sanely within their chair, unless a magic spell were to waft them away somewhere they wouldn’t be able to come back from.; if you can excuse the hyperbole.
The trope continues with “Carga”, this time with a beautiful piano riff and more elements of rock music coming in with the drum kits and the ever-so-slightly present electric guitars in the background. There is drama here, so is the whole palette of words I fear I may exhaust. Cinematic, in a word.
The album decides to take a whole new approach with “O Canto de Erva”, with traditional hand-played percussion instruments supporting the happy, easygoing tone of this song. The bass is played well and tastefully here, while the mix plays around with the mind in ways I have rarely seen.
The album brings tears, it makes you happy, and torments your mind with emotion, all while sounding like a delightfully crafted masterpiece. “Ceifeira”, “Meu Mar” and “Toada Bastida” are also songs that are worth a mention, for how exquisitely unique they make the album sound.
With an album as complex and intricate as this one, it is absolutely mission-critical that the mix not let it down, and I’m happy to report that that is the case here– and that the tech behind the mix elevates this album to a level beyond the already-high regard I have held and maintained for it. The layers all sound delicate on their own; yet drive the sound with panache and composure at every beat of the running time of this album, which is just shy of an hour and three minutes long. Yet, it sounds like an eternity in heaven when you’re by yourself, listening to this album in your room with the lights turned out– and you do not fight it; you simply let yourself take it through everything it will. That is what I did, and I’m a happy man.
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