Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sophisticated Hallucination of an Exotic Brazil- Pedro Santos- Krishnanda (1968)
This is one of the most arresting records I've heard in a long time. Wow. I haven't been able to scratch up a lot of information about this little Brazilian masterpiece or its creator but all information (or lack thereof) seems rendered irrelevant in the face of such elegant, surprising, and beautiful music.
There's a lot going on here: experimental Brazilian pop, heaping helpings of Exotica styles and instrumentation, a touch of Indian pop instrumental (a la Bollywood funk meets Ananda Shankar), a shot at Couleur Café-era serge Gainsbourg, and a psychedelic kinship with Library artists (Roger Roger and Nino Nardini's Jungle Obsession comes to mind)... but all of that is just grasping for a touchstone with which to describe a really very unique record.
And it is very unique, and very inventive, in just about every moment contained in the record. There's a song that uses the sound of water as a rhythm instrument. Oh wow, it really is a fantastic record. Fans of Lula Côrtes e Ze Ramalho's Paêbirú will absolutely need this record, and all the Exotica junkies ought to try it, as well. It is basically an experimental Brazilian Exotica record with a throbbing, transcendent streak of creativity and passion. Let's just call it a must-have. Let's just call it a masterpiece. Let's just recognize in it the glory of music, and revel in the delight of its gifts.
Let me know, if you would, if you can improve on this 192 rip.