Posts Tagged ‘Brazilian Psych’

Guaxe – “Onda”

Got a new video up today from Boogarins offshoot Guaxe, the duo of Dino Almeida (Boogarins) and Pedro Bonifrate (Supercordas). “Onda” is a sparkling psych-pop stunner full of blurred neon synths, fogged vocals and an insistent beat that pushes the song along with a hypnotic shake. The band’s named after the Gauxe bird that lives in the forests of Brazil near where the artist’s recorded, inspired by the bird’s otherworldly synth-like call. Definitely a track that should appeal to those in the mood for some downtempo grooves from Temples or offshoots of Beta Band, Lone Pigeon.

The band’s Pedro Bonifrate gives a bit of insight into the track and its homegrown video. “Onda” is one of the last songs we’ve recorded for the album, and one of the upbeat ones. Roughly it’s got me singing the verses and Dino singing the chorus, so you can hear us both on this one. The video was edited by myself with amateur footage from our gatherings in Paraty through the last 4 years, when the album was recorded. I guess it’s a nice way to show people some effective context about the Guaxe project, which was born from friendship and a true love for music.” The record is out September 6th from OAR.



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Piri – Vocês Querem Mate?

Far-Out Records digs up another gem in their series focusing on the catalog of Brazilian label, Quartin. The first recording of songwriter Piry Reis is a long lost psych-folk gem that flirts with Tropicalia, but winds up in much dreamier territory, touching into the Bossa Lounge vibes of Sergio Mendes dipped in a rosy pink glow. Heavy on flutes that roll out pastoral and languid, the album can’t help but conjure up humid summer afternoons and a gauzy vision of romance.

Though the artist achieved some amount of notoriety in Brazil, along with a majority of the Quartin catalog, his albums have fallen out of print and fetch a hefty bounty on the secondary market. The first of four albums that would explore the lush side of MPB (Música popular brasileira), Vocês Querem Mate? is one of those lost artifacts that’s more than just excessive crate digging. Fans of library funk grooves will have plenty to love here, as well as any post-Bossa collector’s looking to fill a hole in their collection. Absolutely loving these issues from Far-Out, worth keeping an eye on the entire series.


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José Mauro – Obnoxius

José Mauro’s masterpiece Obnoxius is a deep cut of Brazilian psych and melancholia that’s long been sought out in collector’s circles. Bolstered by mystery and an imposed mythic status due to the artist’s untimely death and/or disappearance shortly after the recording, the album itself was shelved until years after it was recorded. The record has loose ties to some of the other top tier Brazilian songwriters (Marcos Valle, Caetano Veloso, João Gilberto) but one listen through the singularly lush Obnoxius reveals the artist had his own way of capturing the heartstung glow of sadness that transcended those influences. The record is swimming in orchestration, subtly saturated voices and just a twinge of psychedelia.

Mauro emerged as one of the voices of dissent in Brazil during the military leadership of the ’60s, and his protest songs no doubt drew the ear of the government, adding another layer of mystery to his story. Unlike many of his peers, Mauro chose to stay in Brazil rather than emigrate during the time of artistic oppression in his country, and details remain scant as to whether a car crash did him in or he met more sinister ends. However tragic his personal details, this album stands as a promise of what might have been and what he left behind. Far-Out have put the long lost masterpiece back into circulation for those who don’t have the means to stumble onto a pricey original.

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