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A getaway from the city, one microphone, hours of free improvisation.

This is an digital-double-long-play recorded in the oldschool tradition of early psychedelic music, which we drew from some of our most inspirational bands: the likes of mr. Syd Barret and the Floyds.

This is an experiment and a statement to what stressful lives can do to our inner freedom, our mental health and our creativity. Before we recorded all of our previously released albums, on the very early days of 2019, we took off from our home city of São Paulo (the most densely populated metropolis of both southern and western hemispheres) for a short retreat at the beach. No work, no stress, no internet, no social media, just the nature and the Breeze. There we played what little Irish tunes we knew, along with hours of free improvisations.

Since then, we went professional, we perfected a little more our stage performances, our identity, our improvisation skills and musical techniques... but some of our most inspired moments are still contained within this selection of early experiments.

What this album taught us is that peace of mind and mental health are of the utmost vitality for EVERYONE - and creativity, once thought to be a skill reserved only to self-proclaimed professional artists, is actually the fantastic byproduct of being a master of one's own consciousness.

2019 and 2020 (The Year Of The Covid) were our taking-off years, full of creative spurts and growths... but they also brought us face to face with the curse of anxiety and depression, stress and falling outs - issues that time and again have been responsible for the splitting and ultimate demise of so many bands we admire. We learned that lesson from our ancestors, and we out to not let ourselves down the same sad road. We dove deep into studies of creativity and mental health, we paved a road for creative healing... and we bid farewell to our beloved nation of Brazil.

As we move on to a new journey of new discoveries, learnings and experiences, we take one last look back at our cradle, the one that set us apart from all the other amazing Irish music bands out there.

We follow the breeze.



This album was entirely recorded with a single stereo microphone.
It was mixed and mastered by Tunisian musician and sound designer Mustapha Denguezly, who also shares the psychedelic rock band Avdey with our flutist Leo.
The cover art was painted by our former bodhráni, Amanda Pinheiro, who since departed the band to follow her own breeze.

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released January 1, 2021

VIOLÃO
Paula Camacho

BANJO / BANDOLIM
Felipe Tupã

IRISH FLUTE / TIN WHISTLE
Leonardo Ramos

LOW / HIGH WHISTLE
Thomas Mourão

BODHRÁN
Amanda Pinheiro

MASTERING
Mustapha Denguezly

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Harmundi Galway, Ireland

Harmundi is a unique blend of Irish music and free improvisation, well seasoned with worldwide influences, and a rather curious psychedelic aftertaste.

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