I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Democustico are yet another of the Far Out Record labels fantastic new artists. Gabriela Geluda features on vocals, Mauro Berman on bass, guitar and keys on many of the cuts and Far Out's mega-producer Roc Hunter contributes too (check his remixes of Marcos Valle's cuts and works with all the other Far Out artists). I first heard this group with the track "Brasil" a few years ago and that one didn't wow me. But "Sereia" did as did the 12" for Vaga Lume. With this album, I wasn't really sure what to expect as far as the musical direction but I did know to expect quality since it's on Far Out Records.
And Quality it is! The CD starts out with some acoustic/folk sound... pure guitar and Gabriela's sweet voice welcomes you to the album with "Summer of Flora". Wonderful, uplifting. Then you're taken to... well what is it? Arabic/samba like rhythm? "Grito" is the track and it kicks up the pace a bit before one of their hits, "Vaga-lume" comes on. Sitar and a sweet beat... it sort of reminds me of The Karminsky Experience meeting Suba. "A Sereia" follows. It's also laden with sitar but it's got one kickin' bossa beat to it. Another track that I liked was "Pera" which was cute in all of it's traditional glory. But the song that stuck out the most to me was "Nunca Never". I heard it earlier this year on Far Out 100, and the song has loads of attitude in the beat which drops silent for mayube a tenth of a second... what an effect! I can't wait to hear the inevitable remixes to those tracks, let alone the rest of the album although the originals here just might be too strong in their own right.
This is a terrific album... just missed a perfect 5 star rate because I didn't fall for every single song and the approach to some tracks was just too similar... but I rarely have hit the FF forward while listening to it. This release definitely took me by surprise and I recommend it. I'd say if you do like this, check out works by Mylene Pires (and vice versa - if you like Mylene, check this out), Cibelle, Marcelinho De Lua, Sabrina Malheiros, 4Hero's side of the "Brazilika" album and pretty much anything Roc Hunter's had his hands on.