Baleia hails from Rio De Janeiro and is considered by music critics to be one of the best and most exciting new bands in Brazil. Baleia was formed in 2011 and consists of brothers Gabriel and Sofia Vaz (vocals, percussion, guitar), Felipe Ventura (guitar, violin), Cairê Rego (bass), David Rosenblit (piano, keyboards) and João Pessanha (drums).
After releasing two songs on the internet in 2011, Baleia grabbed the attention of critics who immediately hailed them as one of the most promising new bands in the country. That brought them about 100.000 music video views and a nomination for Prêmio Multishow, one of Brazil’s most important music awards.
During 2012, the band worked on their first album, ‘Quebra Azul’, which was released in 2013 to great enthusiasm. The record was praised by the general public and critics, being described as “possibly, one of the most significant works our generation has ever produced.”. (Musica Pavê)
Although difficult to classify, the sound of the album was considered by many to be influenced by post-rock, folk, orchestral music and MPB (brazillian popular music), while some critics tried to pull out some non-conventional genres when trying to define it. “Progressive pop” and “post MPB” are examples of those definitions given to ‘Quebra Azul’, an album that amplifies the musical spectrum of the band by sinthesizing the ideas and references of all six members in eight original songs.
Still in 2013, ‘Quebra Azul’ appeared in more than twenty “best of the year” lists, including MTV Brasil, wich stated, in a review of the band’s live performance, that Baleia is “one of those indecipherable bands and one of the strongest names of the new brazilian music”.
While always relying on popular music, the band’s creative music arrangements and unusual song structures take a distance from the tired, cyclic comfort zone of pop music. They are full of rich soundscapes, dynamically shifting between introspection and explosion.
The album’s first single, ‘Motim’, was released in Europe by the label ‘Mais Um Discos’. The track is part of the compilation ‘Rolê: New Sounds of Brazil’, wich features other brazilian artists such as Arnaldo Antunes, Rodrigo Amarante and Metá Metá.
Bruno Giorgi, nominated for the 2012’s Latin Grammys for Lenine’s album ‘Chão’, was responsible for Quebra Azul’s music production and mixing, together with Lucas Ariel and the band itself. Carlos Freitas, from Classic Master Studio (SP), also nominated for the Latin Grammys for the album ‘Chão’, was in charge of the mastering.