Album: Muito mais que o amor (2013)
Vanguart started getting proper attention around 2007 when they had an underground hit with their single Semáforo, which is still a great Brazilian folk-rock anthem, well worth checking out. They used to cite Bob Dylan as a major influence, but things have moved on and it’s interesting to watch them develop. The new album Muito Mais Que O Amor has a more poppy feel than their previous two releases, which the singer Helio Flanders says is because they aren’t depressed any more! One of the songs (Meu Sol) has been picked up for a soap opera soundtrack which is a big deal in Brazil for an independent band. Maybe that’s why they’re sounding so upbeat.