It is without question that there are millions of shining diamonds lying in the rough world of independent music. We here at DDC enjoy nothing more than stumbling across such great talents. Eight months ago we received a hit on our Instagram account with our #DDCMusic hashtag. The video featured a man with a guitar in a bedroom, a potentially disappointing recipe often seen on IG. That video was a clip of Carlos Kalado’s “Constelação”, which was an instant favorite among our circle. Several months later we featured Carlos on our blog and our appreciation of his music continued to grow. In March we received notification and were elated to hear that Carlos was ready to release his debut EP, Ecos. Let’s get into it!
“Every song has a story, but you are free to imagine what you want by listening to each song. The intention is to make you feel everything the music conveys.”
Carlos Kalado, is a musician, producer and fingerstyle guitarist hailing from Jacarèzinho, Brazil. Carlos began making music at the age of 15, when he took his first steps with the guitar. Over the years, he worked in several bands in which the focus was on songwriting. After this period with bands and touring festivals, he learned a style that is not widespread in Brazil: fingerstyle (technique in which the musician creates melody, bass and percussion at the same time).
Kalado later decided to abandon his studies in songwriting and focus on fingerstyle guitar. It is during this apprenticeship with fingerstyle that he began to explore the world of the musical production and has continued to expand his knowledge of the craft.
In his career, Kalado has been selected to play in the FAMPOP, (festival with national recognition), as well as participation in Fejacan (another nationally recognized event). Kalado has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with former Rancore vocalist Teco Martins and has recorded with Rodrigo Skill, a renowned drummer who is now part of the duo Fernando & Sorocaba. Kalado has also been featured in numerous publications and made arrangements for various artists across the region. In the area of musical production, Kalado participated in courses with Jorge Araujo do Som Binário and Danilo Gustavo of Home Studio VIP.
Today Carlos mainly works in his own home studio in which he produced, mixed and mastered his first EP Ecos, released on April 2, 2017. “Each song has a story to be told through the strings. I prefer each of these stories to reach the listener in a unique way, ” he shares. “The idea is to make each listener feel the music and the mix of sensations of the rhythms that I bring through the fingerstyle,” said the guitarist who divides his album into three parts: celestial world, middle world and underworld. Ecos is currently available for purchase and streaming on several major services.
With rich textures and ambient atmospheres, Kalado’s inaugural release Ecos leaves everything to the imagination. “Every song has a story, but you are free to imagine what you want by listening to each song. The intention is to make you feel everything the music conveys,” says Kalado.
The six track EP opens with “Mundo Invertido”, a tone establishing acoustic guitar driven ambient adventure. Next comes “Prelúdio”, a slower work with an abundance of melodies and ambiance. The title track “Ecos” follows, giving insight into the album’s overall theme. The track builds into a faster paced instrumental electronic jam and then brings the listener back to where the journey began. “Terra Molhada” (Wet land) opens into what the listener can imagine to be a beautiful morning in the Amazon. Harmonious eco sounds guide the auditor through the only track that features vocals. “Constelação” is the album’s purest fingerstyle track. Armed with only guitar and delay effect, the track is compositionally simple, yet so sonically satisfying. The EP closes with “Gravity”, the album’s most uptempo track. Kalado throws the whole kitchen at “Gravity” displaying the artist’s full catalog of skills. Balladlike guitar drives the song along with pleasant arpeggios and dance style percussion. Ecos is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer.
Overall, Ecos is a rock solid EP from a very accomplished independent musician. It has been a pleasure getting to know Carlos’ work over the year and we cannot wait to hear what comes next. Check it out below! Connect with Carlos on Youtube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With Carlos’ blessing, we have added his artist profile to our site which can be found here. Carlos Kalado’s EPK can be found here.
Favorite Track: Constelação
Ecos by Carlos Kalado