In the Brazilian independent scene, Ava Rocha is already a well known name. The songstress – also a multitalented artist, film-maker, actress and more – has won prizes as “new artist” from many important institutions in 2015. The recognition comes from the release of her first album as solo artist. Previously in 2011, Ava has released music in a band that carried her name in capitals, AVA. Now at her own terms, Ava refined her message in a vibrant, fun, experimental and plural album. I’ve listened to Ava’s newest album multiple times and with every new listen I discover a new line that enchants me deeply. It’s a deeply poetic album filled with wonderful word contortions to mesmerize the listener.
The album is called Ava Patrya Yndia Yracema which is her given name; it can be understood as a collection of tracks that reflects the diversity of emotions a person can feel. Sure, it talks directly to women; and about multiple kinds of women. Or better, all the kinds of women that we have within us. This special connection to the feminine world doesn’t exclude the reconnaissance of men from it. Since, the message is, in fact, about feelings.
Thus, the album’s single “Você não vai passar” was written by Ava’s partner, Negro Leo, a talented musician in his own right. The song goes by the perspective of a person telling her once loved one that s/he has overcome the relation. Anyone can relate to this feeling of releasing oneself from another person, from a relationship that no longer is healthy. That’s why the single has broadly enchanted people; during Ava’s concerts, the audience belt out this song with the highest enthusiasm.
Another track from the album that has conquered a broaden acclaim is “Transeunte Coração”. In a ballad-like rhythm, Ava talks about the lonely hearts looking for love around town and how it turns to be unrequited love. Her singing involves the listener, in a way that feels so light even when she’s talking about disillusions. This cosiness of her voice is noticeable in other tracks like “O Jardim” and “Doce é o Amor”.
Actually, alongside the careful and diverse rhythmic composition in each song, Ava’s voice gives dimension to them. It’s possible to feel the immensity of the ocean, of the world and of ourselves in the track “Mar ao Fundo” or the intensity of love in “Tão Tão” (a track that interlaces a mesmerizing experimental rhythmic construction to her voice). “Auto das Bacantes” shows unique strength related to the empowerment, a feeling also noticeable in the amazing cover she did of “Canoa Canoa”, from Milton Nascimento (unfortunately not featured in the album). All the emotion that the songstress brings makes me believe that Ava Patrya Yndia Yracema is an album that shows the strength of being – in its all dimensions.
Obviously, it all gains another dimension in her concerts; as previously mentioned, Ava is a multitalented artist and crafts very carefully her performances, from her costume to her gestures. For the ones who get the chance, she has an intense schedule of concerts around many Brazilian cities and also, she’ll perform at Popload Festival along with Wilco and Battles, next October in São Paulo.