Sunday, May 2, 2010
Lost in the Flood, Lost in the Fire: Lula Côrtes e Ze Ramalho- Paêbirú (1975)
This gem of Brazilian psychedelia is, or was, extremely rare-- supposedly because most of the original pressings were lost in a flood (according to wiki, others) or a fire (allmusic). But this cult item of intrigue needs no myth to validate it. It's just excellent.
A double album with each side addressing a different element, it jumps from free-folky jams, to achingly pastoral instrumentals, to ethereal psych-jazz, to almost krautrock in the vein of Can's ethnological forgeries... from improvisation to composition. In a way, it resembles the patchwork of Pink Floyd's studio section from Ummagumma, but, you know, way more beautiful. Maybe that's a useless comparison.
Anyway, this is an amazing record. It's just beautiful, surprisingly weird, undeniably savvy, both experimental and traditional.