Naves – Voyeur


Artist: Naves

Title: Voyeur

Release: Digital / Cassette

Year: 2016

Label: Artes & Oficios

From Santiago, Chile, comes this alternative band with an eerie psychedelic sound that drowns you in a kind of trance with their flanged, swirly guitars and slow mood with some nice emo vibes, all wrapped up in an ambience that makes you think of bands like Hum, Title Fight, or even Duster and Codeine. But, what’s special about it? Let’s check Voyeur out.

This isn’t your typical Run For Cover rip-off band that idolizes the 90’s. While there’s a lot of nostalgia in this album, you can notice the band tries to mix things beyond the typical alternative rock/shoegaze standard. The waves and rhythms, the way phasers, chorus and flanger mix together, the changing tempos and the overall energy generates something that says: “Hey, we are trying to do more than emulate this one band that was popular 20 years ago”. Naves (Ships) founds its voice in melancholy moods, tired voices, big waves of pulsating guitars and a constant beat with a wavy bass. While they define themselves as a mixture of emo, post-hardcore and psychedelic rock, I can hear very present traces of slowcore and space rock.

While the compositions are nice, well done and everything is well executed, one of the higher points of this album is the production. The ocean of sounds is crystal clear, you can identify every single drop, taste every texture. The album separates itself from the shoegazy wall of sound-noise. You can close your eyes and feel everything. Tie yourself with the introspective energy of this album. Use the melancholy as a way of relax and think. Expulse those little demons. Let the words flow, in and out. Breathe.

But this album it’s not just pure sadness. It has pretty straight forward songs like Saliva, the eight track, and Calma, the ninth, that still manage to mantain the album’s consistency. Still, the songs that describe the whole sound of the band better are the longer ones, like Glaciación and Humedad, mostly for the mood. So, if you are ready for a big trip, press play and ride.

Charlie Vásquez

Writer in a lot of places. Art enthusiast. Collector of LPs, comics, stickers, fanzines and books. I also play bass and make experimental electronic music.