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- Paebiru by Lula Cortes
10/10 Evan Customer review, 8th August 2013
This rare diamond of a record (read the press release for more info on the rather sad story of this record) should have been bought in its droves. We should be able to say the names Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho, even if only because our Dads talk about them when referring to their youth or those fancy music journalists list them as influences upon the great musicians of today. This isn't the case and this album got lost, waiting to be discovered.
Now with this reissue, this album with some of the softest and punchiest moments ever seen in psychedelia, can be rediscovered, a diamond among the rough of 'good' new bands like Peace, vomit.
'Nas Paredes' is one of those punchy moments. A 7 minute epic which has you swirling, headbutting and sacrificing goats with its tribal rhythm, clunky vocals and general mayhem. At the 4.40 mark an instrument with a whistle like pitch kicks in and just erupts in the middles of the song, it's a genius note which is so clever for it's unpredictability.
Contrast that heatwave of a 7 minutes with opening track 'Trilha De Sumé'. Like Fleetwood Mac's 'Albatross', this instrumental track has within it an emotive feel which seems more human than any vocal. It is light and air and rises above us as we look at it float ever higher, leaving us down on the earth. You may think I sound ridiculous but it truly is quite spiritual.
'Raga Doa Raios' has a fantastic descending sitar line which hits a beautiful Indian vibe before some scratchy, Hendrix style guitar bursts over it. It shows a mastery of instrumentation which is a joy throughout the album. It makes the songs seem natural, harvested or discovered rather than crafted. 'Beira Mar' has this natural feel very literally as it combines waterfall sounds to the sitar and guitar notes which jump around like new born lambs in a tranquil glade.
This album really does create imagery in the listeners mind inspiring escape to a new world of bliss and air. I don't give 10s, but this is It.
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