Once upon a time… - that’s how every good story begins. Autista, Azevedo Silva’s second album, is an exercise in sadness, isolation and loneliness. It’s the irony of perception of someone who lives isolated but surrounded by people – we are all like that, autistic. In this (parallel) universe Reality is something to be perceived in its own tunnel. The world is sketched by two guitars, an acoustic and an electric one. In that world the songs are about beings of love and hate.
It is clear that Autista follows the first album Tartaruga (turtle), not only because it is more mature but mainly because it lost the naïve feeling. If Tartaruga drifted through the world, Autista knows the way: it is heavier, more intense, more overwhelming. This album will not be a case of love-at-first-sight, nor is it certain that you will understand that this is love for all your life (and death). One can vouch for this, after several listening sessions preferably with our eyes closed.
In the voice that is singing, there is a soul of the old ages, of all ages. Bystanders will not be sure of what he is or sings about – some poor devil? Maybe Autista is in his own world where access does not follow easily from listening. There is a wall and we must jump over it.
Azevedo Silva is here to stay, it is evermore clear and this second album is proof. His influences are still pointing to Carlos Paredes’ guitar and Zeca Afonso’s personality - without prejudices, being humble and having a strong attitude. Autista is, despite its instrumental richness, naked and bare. However, simplicity does not compromise intensity. In this world guitars are still the best instrument to express the voices they have within, the voices that want to get out – and they really do.
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