Caravela Escarlate is a Brazilian symphonic prog band which was founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2011.

“Caravela Escarlate” is their second album, originally self-released in Brazil in 2017, and is a big step forward from their debut “Raschuno”. Where the debut was more acoustic, “Caravela Escarlate” is way more keyboard-driven, classic prog rock.

The album is heavily inspired by both English and Italian 70’s prog, but also by traditional and popular Brazilian music, which makes their musical blend quite special.

While the music almost sounds like it could have been recorded in 1973, the lyrics (in Portugese) have a bit of a more modern touch – inspired by science fiction, comic books and environmental concerns. The main character is ‘Caravela Escarlate’ itself, which translated to ‘Crimson Ship’. It is an alien character from sideral space, which can transform into its own vehicle of transport – in specific a ship. And what better foundation for a spaced out retro prog album than that?

Fans of keyboard trios like ELP, Trace or Triumvirat will love tracks like “Planeta-Estrela” and “Atmosfera”, and fans of symphonic prog (especially the 70s retro style) should definitely check this out.

“Caravela Escarlate” will be reisssued through Norwegian label Karisma Records on March 1st 2019.

Track list:

  1. Um Brilho Fragil no Infinito
  2. Caravela Escarlate
  3. Atmosfera
  4. Gigantes da Destruição
  5. Toque as Constelações
  6. Futuro Passado
  7. Cosmos
  8. Planeta-Estrela

David Caravelle – Vocals, bass, guitars and violins
Ronaldo Rodrigues – Keyboards
Elcio Cáfaro – Drums


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