No Reino Dos Afetos 2


Bruno Berle, the young songwriter and poet originally hailing from Maceió, the capital of Brazil's Alagoas state, crafts songs that are simple, direct, and full of tender nuance. With his first album No Reino Dos Afetos (which translates to "In the Realm of Affections" and was released in 2022), Berle firmly established himself as a unique and important voice in the burgeoning scene of new Brazilian artists making a global impact, including peers like Ana Frango Elétrico, Tim Bernardes, Bala Desejo, Sessa, and more. Now back with his second album, No Reino Dos Afetos 2, he stretches that further. Bruno Berle's music lives between two worlds -- a traditional Brazilian folk talent steeped in history, and a contemporary, dreamy electronic pop; the result is songwriting that's genre-bending, intentional, iconoclastic and consuming, spacious and sinewy and singular, a striking reflection of its composer while leaving space for the listener to settle in. The guiding theme of No Reino dos Afetos 2 is a relationship, unfolding in the arc of a weekend. It traverses the innocence of an early young love, how that can be formative, can stretch on to take new shapes, or shape you. Coupled with the lo-fi aspects that shape much of the album's personality in the vocals and the production, No Reino Dos Afetos 2 is meticulously elaborated by Berle's sonic alchemy, like on the mid-album instrumental "Sonho," which feels like floating. The production, the arrangements, his restraint and intentionality in crafting his songs feel just as vital as their emotional cores. His songwriting is amorphous, fluid, an encompassing genre-bending movement in-and-of-itself, quietly daring. The songs are often in conversation with other works -- drinking in fountains as diverse as the filmmaking of Ingmar Bergman, the poetry of Walt Whitman, the rhythm of Djavan, and the painting of Maxwell Alexandre. Musically he weaves together a rich tapestry of Brazilian folk, UK 2-step garage/dub, trip hop and sun-soaked west coast songwriters; something akin to the worlds of Milton Nascimento, Arthur Russell, James Blake, Feist, and Sade colliding into one. Featuring Batata Boy.