... and not just because they have "sex" in their bandname.
Name: Sexy Fi
Where They’re From: Brasilia, Brazil
When They Started: 2009
Genre: Groovy Indie
Sounds Like: Brooklyn on the beach.
Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, isn’t exactly the place foreigners have in mind when they picture Brazil. It’s a futuristic and orderly metropolis of of twisty highway interchanges and stark modernist architecture, and it’s over 1,000 kilometers inland from the shore.
But that doesn’t stop homegrown indie rockers Sexy Fi from sounding like a day on the beach. The group, formerly operating under the name Nancy, arose out of the Brazilian capital with a hybrid sound that includes trembling surf guitars, funky horn parts and a vocal style recalling ‘60s-era British psych-pop, sung by vocalist Camila Zamith in English and Portuguese.
As Nancy, the group had made some noise back in 2009 for their catchy garage rock anthem, “Keep Cooler.” Then in 2011, the quintet changed its name to Sexy Fi (which is certainly more “googleable” than Nancy, to say the least) and recorded a new album of material in Chicago with producer John McEntire, of The Sea and Cake.
The resulting material, out later this year under the name Nunca Te Vi De Boa, is unlike anything on the Brazilian scene today. The songs pair serious musical chops with deep songwriting, and feature crafty, detailed arrangements. Moody clarinets weave between feedback-belching guitars. Contemplative indie tunes evolve into Afrobeat-inspired jam-outs. The overall effect is a sound that feels unbound by strict genre conventions, moving freely through different sonic spaces. Take a listen to one of the upcoming album’s best tunes, “Loro on Loro.”