Móveis Coloniais de Acaju – Idem
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A friend of mine introduced me to this band from Brasília in late 2006. Their songs are simply crazy. A creative mix between rock, ska, samba, swing, and eastern European sounds. It is the kind of music you can (and will) repeatedly sing along with the vocals and with the instrumental part. I can say that after listening to their album “Idem” for 1,5 years, I’m still able to go from São Sebastião (where I work) to São Paulo (about 2h30 trip) happily singing their songs along the way…
Yesterday I finally got the chance to see them live! And they are great. Móveis Coloniais de Acaju (could be translated as Colonial furniture made of a mahogany-like wood) is composed of 10 skilled musicians that create a spectacular atmosphere on stage, always dancing and interacting with their audience. During the song Copacabana (one of their hits), the crowd opens up a circle and most of the band (with their instruments) get off the stage to play the song’s instrumental interlude with their fans. After they are absorbed by the crowd (and still playing the song’s climax) they magically re-appear on stage! Crazy.
They have released an official music video of the song Seria o Rolex?, you can watch it below.
Also, there are tons of fan videos with them playing live, here.
As many growing independent bands from all over the world, Móveis Coloniais de Acaju know the importance of their fans and the internet to spread their music. Each musician post entries to their weblog, songs are available for download on the official site and you can also buy a hard copy of the album Idem at Amazon. You will find them at MySpace (where you can read André Abujamra‘s description of the band).
Please world, listen!
Móveis Coloniais de Acaju – Idem
01 – Perca Peso
02 – Seria o Rolex?
03 – Aluga-se-vende
04 – Copacabana
05 – Menina Moça
06 – Cego
07 – Esquilo Não Samba
08 – E Agora, Gregório?
09 – Swing Hum e Meio
10 – Do Mesmo Ar
11 – Sadô-Masô
12 – Receio do Remorso
Filed under rock, ska, world
Triplexity – Between Light And Shadow
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Extraordinary album!!! Triplexity is a virtual band between Nikila, SaReGaMa and Hamelin Bérengnier, build upon live collaboration thru the internet! I was already familiar with SaReGaMa’s unique music style (see 4D Reality and The Pluteus Trip compilation) and was expecting good music for this self-tagged different forms of NuJazz collaboration. It came out extremely nice! A mix of jazz, chillout, kind of meditative, with excellent instrumental melodic lines (sax, clarinet…) ok, go and download!
Listen to the song Three 4 Ten
Camerata Brasileira – Deixa Assim…
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Very nice Brazilian music released a week ago at Jamendo! Camerata Brasileira plays the “Choro” (or “Chorinho”) which is a typical style of instrumental music from Brazil. You can read more about Choro here or visit some links at this wikipedia stub.
Don’t forget to visit their website! There is another album available to download. You can also buy their CDs here.
I leave you with Camerata Brasileira‘s description by Marcello Campos:
Improvisation, choro, swing, jazz, samba, electronic/techno, mutation, tradition, contemporary Brazil, music… just music.
The choro has already been a musical gender, a style, a way of performing… anyway, it has received a series of concepts (and misconcepts) which gave it faces and labels. For Camerata Brasileira, the choro is a celebration of life: more than technique or wisdom, it is knowledge and art, and so being it surpasses music and becomes part of our daily lives. If Camerata performs it in two or three parts, in the correct style, with the adequate structures, anyway… it doesn’t matter. Camerata does it only because it’s music, and that’s what these guys like to do, by an imperative biological or aesthetical need – who knows?
Camerata signs its creations with a personal touch, in which one can identify many of the contributions every one of them slowly brings into the whole. Sources? There are many of them… Maybe all of those cited in the beginning of this text.
Their nowadays repertoire includes pieces by Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, Jacob do Bandolim, Sivuca, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Tom Jobim, besides their own pieces. But don’t be surprised if they come out with an unknown composer, a musical freak or a non-ortodox proposal, for their north is music… just music.
Axial – Senóide
Most beautiful compositions I heard lately… Axial is a Brazilian band that creates delicate songs fusing electronic elements, acoustic instruments and voice. Nicely soft vocals and synth beds get surrounded by subtle glitch effects… songs arrangements are diverse with some improvisations and creative structure of melodic lines. The album Senóide has been released this year and will be available at their website until it get to the stores. You can also listen to their music at Last.fm.
Here are a couple of videos of them playing live! Very nice!
Manguina – Ot Azoï
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Some traditional music with a dramatic violin! A very different mix of cultures, from jewish to flamenco. Check their website for more info (in French).
Philippe Mangold – Voyage dans l’éther
Delightfully original ambient tracks! Smooth listening for those who enjoy atmosphere music with a mixture of voices, acoustic instruments, a little bit of electronic timbres and nicely laid percussion.
Filed under ambient, world
Au Lit les Mômes – Au Lit les Mômes !
“Swing song et musette folk dingue easy kitching” what?
This album really surprised me. Expect creative songs, diversity of sounds and styles, catchy french vocals, and very good humor!
Filed under humor, pop, world
Jonathan Rickert – Tea Lounge Groove
This beautiful composition was found in BeatPick music label, who kindly provided access to the songs for podcasting (thanks to katy)!
Tea Lounge Groove is a blend of ancient and recent world sounds from different cultures, with a special eastern taste. Songs are very rich and ecletic making it suitable to all audiences 🙂
The album production is excellent, which probably made Samovar Tea Lounge happy! There are some track descriptions in CDBaby, if you are curious enough.
Sit back and relax!
Pangenianos – A Estrada de Seu Zé
This beautiful album from the Brazilian band Pangenianos is based upon people from northeast lands of Brazil, where the dry weather makes life not easy at all. Its songs reflects the daily workarounds in this hostile environment…
This album surprised me for the originality of the songs! It is a mixture of regional melodies, experimental musical concepts and a nice instrumental set. Each song has its own identity but they all feel like they belong to the same album 🙂
Filed under ethnic, rock, world
Maya de Luna – Au Bout du Monde
This is a nice album with melodic jazzy vocals in french (it is always great to listen music sang in other languages than english :-P! It has a kind of misterious atmosphere and some cool subtle electronic features. It is made of collaborative work of Maya with others artists, making it lovely diverse. If you like tags “Au Bout du Monde” is in Trip Hop.