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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.



Anonymous said...

can't wait to listen to this one. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I think the link crapped the bed. Try this:

Flash Strap said...

Link fixed, thanks for the heads up.
Was that you, Mr. Wilson?

Anonymous said...

album of the year, every year!

Laurent - Clap Yo Handz said...

Thanx a lot, all those awesome post.
About Brigitte Fontaine and Art Ensemble... AE of Chicago recorded some stuff with Alfred Panou ("Je suis un sauvege", "Le moral nécessaire"). This is f#ckin' history because you can the first slam in french.


Paulo Padilha said...

I know I'm a bit late to the party on this post but if anyone wants to know, Pedro Santos was a highly accomplished session percussionist, up there with guys like Nana Vasconcellos. He even played on Rhythm of the Saints!

This was his only solo record, but other people recorded many compositions of his. He was normally credited as Pedro Sorongo, his nickname, and maybe his best known composition is Sorongaio, recorded by Baden Powell and others.

Also worth checking out are the albums he did with Sebastião Tapajós, where he's credited as Pedro dos Santos.

Lastly, Krishnanda was produced by Helcio Milito of Tamba Trio. Incredibly, the same year he produced Orquestra Afro-Brasileira's second album, another holy grail worth checking out. They only recorded 2 albums, about 15 years apart, but they both contain some of the deepest, most awe-inspiring afro-brazilian music I've ever heard.

Flash Strap said...

Thanks, Paulo!

ASDLR said...

this needs a re-up.

Keep the musicophila alive.


Flash Strap said...

Link still works, actually. Just give it another shot. What it really needs is an upgrade!

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