Rio De Janeiro via Loughborough University, the carefree bossa-nova rhythms of Cristobal And The Sea groove gently in this debut EP Peach Bells. The indie quartet manage to weld Wilson Simonal and Jorge Ben with Arthur Russell and The Beach Boys. "Disquiet" and "My Love (Ay Ay Ay)" have a more distinctly Brazilian flavour, while ‘Zorro’ recalls some of Phil Spector’s more cosmic productions, bar the tropicalia outro.
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 26 November 2014
What. Is. This? Well, it’s a samba/tropicalia influenced melange that recalls Gilberto Gil, Astrud Gilberto, Os Mutantes and Sergio Mendes all put in a big blender by a truly multi national cast of musicians. You do wonder though if they speak the same language as, to be honest, its a bit of a bloody mess. It’s all feel good Brazilian rhythms and an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink production style that Animal Collective might reject for being just a bit too busy.
I like this kind of sound but I think the album needs more space, vocals are stacked on vocals as flutes, electronics, and all manner of percussion battle for supremacy in extremely busy arrangements which recall The Polyphonic Spree singing The 5th Dimension’s back catalogue all at once. I feel exhausted after two songs. The melodies are nice and summery though - it will sound better in the warm days of July, you can bet your life on it.
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