Magazine article New Internationalist

Sobre Noites E Dias

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sobre Noites E Dias

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Sobre Noites e Dias by Lucas Santtana (No Format Records! NOF25 CD/LP)

That Brazil is such a creative churn of all things interesting in pop and dance music is not exactly news. Historically, this is the country that created its own politically savvy psychedelia in the 1960s; invented its own operating techniques for synthesizers (the early machines came without any Portuguese instructions) in the 1980s; fell upon bands as diverse as Talking Heads and Kraftwerk, and genres as different as reggae and punk, as sources of material to deconstruct and reassemble in ever-wilder ways. Like balladeer Devendra Banhart and Afro-bricolagepunks Metá Metá (reviewed in NI 461 and NI 472), musician Lucas Santtana follows in this tradition, with the chosen medium of Sobre Noites e Dias, his third album to be released outside of Brazil, being a no-rules-allowed electro pop.

No rules here means unexpected combinations (dub, African highlife and Sixties psychedelics on a sun-drenched 'Diary of a Bike' or Philip Glass-inspired strings on 'Human Time') and lots of collaborations. …

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