Jambalaia challenges the limits of convention and presents his new single and video, “Fissura”. The band from Brasilia dives into the depths of a society marked by lies, exploring the duality between the real and the imaginary. The video, recorded in the Samambaia Sand Dunes, uses glitch aesthetics to accentuate this atmosphere of contrasts.
With a decade on the road, Jambalaia released his debut album in 2013 and has since conquered space with a series of singles, showing an evident musical and artistic maturity. His trajectory includes participation in prominent events, such as FIFA FAN FEST, LIFA (Mexico) and Porão do Rock, in addition to having taken his art to stages in Brazil and around the world.
“Fissura” marks the beginning of a new phase for the band, consolidating its new formation and musical proposal. The track creates a synthetic and dense atmosphere, while the video transits between minimalism and epic, exploring the duality of the intimate and the collective.
Produced by Felipe Roller and mixed and mastered by Guilherme Medeiros, “Fissura” is now available on all major streaming platforms, inviting the public to venture into this unique sound and visual journey provided by Jambalaia.
How did the idea behind the new single “Fissura” come about and how did you work to create the synthetic and dense atmosphere of the song?
I, Pedro, vocalist, was returning home one day and listened to classical music. There was a very striking piano that stuck in my head. The other day I listened again and the melody of the song started to come out along with the lyrics. I took it to Felipe Roller, guitarist, showed the reference and we started to arrange the harmony of the stanzas and chorus. After some rehearsals, Felipe Roller produced the song on the computer adding synths and guitars with modulating effects, leading to the band’s new moment.
The video for “Fissura” was recorded in Dunas de Areia Samambaia and uses glitches aesthetics. How did you choose this setting and how does the visual aesthetic connect with the song’s message?
This location was chosen because the white desert works for our imagination as this empty, spacious, calm, yet challenging place. It’s like being inside your own mind. These lyrics talk about a difficult moment of conflict between parties that can generate fissures. In the end, going to this place, with all these textures, was a way of talking about this moment, and the glitch came to accentuate the discomfort. We’re talking about bugs, and the glitch is an aesthetic of the bug.
You have a long trajectory in the music scene, with 10 years on the road. How do you see the musical and artistic maturation of the band over this time?
Yes, it’s plenty of time. The band always had a main rock side, but on the first album we mixed it with other influences like reggae and funk. Like every band in the first album and in the first shows, we thought that our journey would be easier, that we would reach great achievements with what we had, yes, innocent. Today our sound has not lost its essence but has gained a new way of expressing itself and we work more seriously, focused on reason, with no illusions that a record company will fall from the sky and take over our career. The internet in the middle of all this made a lot of difference.
How did the band’s new formation influence the creation of “Fissura” and what are the main differences and innovations it brought to Jambalaia’s sound?
The change of Jambalaia members made it easier for us to see the sound we wanted to achieve. With the arrival of Matheus and Murilo, we were able to talk better about a more modern sound, often minimalist, with a lot of dynamics. The ear of everyone in the band was now focused on the production of the song as a whole, moving everyone in the same sonic direction.
You already had the opportunity to perform at important events, such as FIFA FAN FEST and Porão do Rock. How did these experiences shape the band’s identity and sound?
We always played the sound that we enjoy, regardless of the show. The show we did in Mexico had the same identity as a small show in Brasilia. Shows or important events do not shape our identity, it comes from the heart and life
Besides the release of “Fisura”, what are Jambalaia’s future plans? Can we expect more songs, a full album or maybe a tour?
We are working on new singles that could become an album in the future. At the moment we are focused on releasing everything that has been in store for a few years now. Shows are in the pipeline, we’ll definitely have something.
You mentioned that the new single debates the boundaries of right and wrong in a society infected by lies. How do you see the role of music and art in bringing reflections and questioning these limits?
I don’t think that music without content is bad, sometimes we need to relax and not take anything seriously, really alienate ourselves. We try to convey in the music a reflection that many times the person would not have, and in a way, we try to comfort those who are listening, showing that in life unpleasant situations happen to everyone.
The production process for “Fissura” had the collaboration of Felipe Roller and Guilherme Medeiros. What was it like working with these professionals and how did they contribute to the sound of the music?
Due to the fact that Felipe Roller is the band’s guitarist, he, within the harmony of what the band aims for, was crucial for the production, speaking of the instrument as a whole, Felipe was able to find timbres that made us get closer to pop/modern without lose the essence of the band. Guilherme did the mixing and mastering work with excellence, achieving a great result.
The duality between the real and the imaginary is explored in the video for “Fissura”. How do you approach this duality in your music and what are the main artistic influences behind this approach?
In the song it is said “it may seem that it will not show”, showing that we all have 2 sides, what we see and what people see, in the song we leave a tension that will be resolved in the next releases. We listen to a lot of Twenty One Pilots, NF, Imagine Dragons, where everyone brings current reflections on life.
Where can listeners find “Fissura” and what are the best channels to follow the band’s news?
Fissure is on all streaming platforms (Apple Music, spotify, deezer etc), just search for Jambalaia. We are also on Instagram and YouTube as bandajambalaia.
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