Divina Supernova - 'Torus'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this evening’s Independent Spotlight, we delve into the music of Divina Supernova. They’re a rising Brazilian duo with an extensive resume that includes a good deal of live performances, both at home and abroad, and a previous record. ‘TORUS’ is the outfit’s latest offering; an incredibly eclectic, bizarre record chock-full of influences. Here on The Spotlight, we dig into six of the tracks.

Unfortunately, I’m an English-only speaking critic, and Divina Supernova was made aware of this prior to sending me their content. Thus, it’s difficult for me to speak on the actual lyricism of the songs. The opening song, which is also the title tune, is a complex offering that combines elements of electronic music, pop, and prog rock. Vocally, Ana Galganni seems to have a fitting register for this kind of music. She weaves in and out of the production with tact, and even though I don’t know what she’s singing, I can acknowledge her positive impact and presence throughout the tracks.

Right off of the bat, there’s something I really dig about Divina Supernova. As aforementioned, they’re truly a hodgepodge of influence. ‘Torus’ is an electronica track infused with prog tendencies and pop vocals. ‘Supernova’ is an elegantly sparse, beautiful song. It even feels a tad jazzy, and string sections rise and fall in the backdrop of the production. It’s a smooth, easy listening experience that’s immensely rewarding. Plus, the vocal banter between Galganni and Júnior Bocão, her musical counterpart, is superb. He adds a hip hop presentation of sorts, perfectly complimenting Galganni.

‘Binaural Waves’ continues Divina Supernova’s jaunt through rock and roll and jazzy influence. Plus, the lyrics are English! Obviously, I found even more enjoyment in this track as a result of that. It also allows me to speak the duo’s lyricism. It’s quite good, accentuating a reverb-soaked, easy riding composition. That spurt of English was short-lived, though, since the jazzy ‘College Park’ returns to foreign vocal pieces. Musically, however, this may be my favorite track of the songs I set out to review. Faint electronic notes are overlaid by a sharp, minimalist production.

‘Estamiragem’ feels a bit quirky, returning to some rock themes alongside some hip hop. There’s even some world percussion scattered throughout, backed by a distorted electric guitar. The song is a compelling argument for Divina Supernova’s ability to genre-hop not only between songs, but in the middle of them, with effortless tact. This is insanely impressive and I have to herald Divina Supernova for that above everything else: they’re a melting pot of inspirations that actually ends up with a cohesive product.

The closing of the album is ‘Equilibrio.’ I don’t need a copy of Rosetta Stone to know that it means ‘equilibrium,’ which is essentially balance. I think the word is an apt analysis of the band as a whole: they’ve found an equilibrium between all of their musings and a sound that actually slaps them together in a meaningful fashion. ‘Equilibrio’ does this with some zaney instrumentation and vocalization.

Based off the six tracks I spent time with, Divina Supernova’s sophomore endeavor is a complete success. It’s well recorded, produced, and performed, and consistently surprising and refreshing. Check them out below.

Release TORUS: https://divinasupernova.bandcamp.com/

www.divinasupernova.com (english version)