9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 October 2013
Brazilian psych-pop duo Boogarins are new to me but I’m immediately quite taken by this debut album. Apparently Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are school friends from the central Brazilian city of Goiania who took to making bedroom recordings on borrowed equipment, working things out as they went along, and have ended up with a surprisingly coherent album of slinky psychedelic pop with a warm, shambling feel, lots of good tunes and surprisingly well balanced production, showing a maturity far beyond their late-teenage years.
The press release compares the pair to Tame Impala, Dungen and Os Mutantes, which is fair, but (presumably in no small part due to the low key recording techniques) this record has a more approachable, DIY feel than those bands (although the comparisons are certainly valid in terms of their dreamy ‘60s inspired sound which fuses ramshackle fuzz with dreamy vocal harmonies). For those of you wanting to listen to younger people making music that’s mature beyond their years, you can forget retro irritants The Strypes; Boogarins are the real deal.
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