Spray is proof that the past is part of the present and the future. After the release of the remastered version of the debut album (“Pintado no Luar”), it is Salto Mortal’s turn to receive the same honor.
Launched in 1999 by the Numerico publishing house, the project’s second album features Rui Reininho in its production. João Paulo das Neves, Spray’s mentor, says that Rui Reininho’s production process was quite spontaneous and interesting, as a kind of guiding thread that only intervenes when he thinks he should do it.
Innovation combined with acoustic instruments, through modern arrangements, simple melodies, electronic timbres and elaborate guitar riffs culminate in strong songs that define the pop/rock sound of “Salto Mortal”. In the words of João Paulo “it is a harder disk”.
In addition to the GNR vocalist, the album features Peixe (Ornatos Violeta), Francisco Reis (Raul and Friends of Salsa), Paulo Praça (TurboJunkie), Emília and Paulo Costa (Ritual Tejo).
Anoiteci ft. Rui Reininho
The first single from “Salto Mortal” is entitled “Anoiteci”. The duet with Rui Reininho, is an unprecedented, never before seen on the radio.
According to João Paulo, “working with Rui Reininho was perhaps the biggest brand that music gave me. In human terms. To be a person. I learned a lot and I feel that Rui still gave me a lot of the “nervous system” that composes me. Its influence on Portuguese music is unavoidable, and it was like that in my life! It was a fantastic sharing with the great man of rock in Portuguese!”.
In 1997, Spray arose from the silence of someone temporarily alone. Although the name sounds like something collective, it is the personal project of João Paulo das Neves, in all voices and instruments.
“Spray is something ethereal, volatile like me, it has colors, and it flies! It’s from the world and from any language!”, Explained João Paulo Das Neves.
Cosmopolitan, the work sometimes has guests who also give a lot of themselves (Rui Reininho, Paulo Costa, Peixe, Paulo Praça, Joana Carvalho, etc …) and help decisively what results in the final product
During his career, Spray has albums, with, in production, Luis Carlos Pereira (Pintado No Luar), Rui Reininho (Salto Mortal, who has an interesting duet with Rui Reininho on the theme Anoiteci, and with Paulo Costa on the theme More Uma And João Paulo Das Neves, in the most recent Brit.
For João Paulo, there is a before, and after London. It was in the English city that he defined his perception of the world and of art, after an episode in which “for the first time, I lived and played on the streets. Homeless ”.
London’s experiences, whether through the streets, bands he played with, or even smells, made his work tend to be more cosmopolitan and without barriers. Despite Pintado No Luar, not suffering from this influence, the albums that follow, assume this condition.
Maximum proof of this close relationship and João Paulo, with the United Kingdom is the album Brit, the one published in 2020 by Sounds & Visions RECORDS.