Its certainly psychedelic... Its also terrific! Kieron Tyler (The Arts Desk / Mojo)
A compelling and surprisingly tuneful cauldron of weirdness! Mark Hudson (The Daily Telegraph)
An intriguing compilation - well worth checking out! Robin Denslow (The Guardian)
Far to the north-east of Brazils twin musical capitals of Rio and São Paulo, lies the city of Recife, in the state of Pernambuco. During the countrys lengthy and oppressive military dictatorship (1964-1985), a cadre of like-minded and socially conscientious musicians were quietly building their own music scene, away from the glare of the censors.... for a time, at least.
Strongly influenced by the psychedelic music coming out of America and Britain (and further inspired by visits to India and Morocco), local musicians such as Zé Ramalho, Lula Côrtes & Alceu Valença were to be the vanguard of their own, wild, hedonistic Psyche-scene. There would be sitars and lutes merging with traditional Pernambucan percussion; constant collaborations and ethereal art-collectives; experiments with found-sound colliding with earthy flutes and driving backlines all helped along by men wearing lipstick, acid, mushrooms, marijuana, suggestive dancing and plenty of onstage kissing.
The songs and artists featured on this album are a fittingly schizophrenic selection. Psychedelic Pernambuco finds crazed ethno-punk giving way to tweaked Americana; mystical jungle-folk stands alongside cocaine-fuelled fuzz-rock, and acid-raga trance segues into mutated proto-disco.