SXSW is notorious for driving in artists from all over the world. It becomes a music mecca for anyone wanting to dig into an international pool of sound. One particular band commuted from their home country of Portugal to spread their music across the conference venues. Flying in from Lisbon, meet Vaarwell.
Vaarwell is a trio-band Lisbon-based, formed by Margarida Falcão, Ricardo Nagy and Luis Monteiro having Margarida’s voice as a focus on every composition.
From a 11-track LP, YOU was the single that put them first on the indie world highlights about 3 years ago. Exploring Margarida’s angelical voice combining with dreamy-synths and remixed samples, the song elevated the atmosphere to a heavenly undiscovered place where they wants us to be. All the instrumental arrangement were perfectly connected to this mystical place, specially the guitar, during the whole song.
But Vaarwell is not only this, from the gorgeous and mature Homebound 456 to the recent EP Early Rise they embarked even further into a sort of complex “samples world”, exploring different sonority and different instruments that fulfill their music. And in the latest record the amount of attention given to all the production carefully creates exceptional moments all around every song they make.
Vaarwell managed to get the attention of the likes of SXSW and BBC with the release of singles like Money and Stay.
The band played a variety of shows during the week at SXSW, even one accidental solo set at B.D. Riely’s after some equipment complications. We even had a chance to meet up with the crew for a brief photo session!