SOYUZ’s third album ‘Force of the Wind’ holds all the trademarks, beauty, and eccentricities of classic Brazilian recordings – think artists such as Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges, Burnier e Cartier, Arthur Verocai et al – but this record wasn’t made in Brazil and is in fact a brand-new release.
SOYUZ (which translates as ‘union’) is a creative collective from Minsk, Belarus, led by composer, arranger, and singer, Alex Chumak, multi-instrumentalist, Mikita Arlou, and drummer, Anton Nemahai. SOYUZ’s previous albums explored and reimagined the legacy of jazz-oriented, non-English-language pop music of the 20th century. For their third album, there is a stronger focus influenced by 70s Música popular Brasileira, building bridges from it to present-day Belarus. Alex notes that from the moment he first encountered Brazilian music, he found in it a kind of concentrated emotion that felt as if it were familiar to him from his childhood. This non-verbal emotion and connection between the listener and musician echoes in the music, regardless of understanding of the language the album is recorded in