Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Multi-instrumentalist and genre-traversing Brazilian singer-songwriter Lucas Santtana returns with his new album, ‘The God Who Devastates Also Cures’, the follow up to the highly acclaimed ‘Sem Nostalgia’, set for release on London based label Mais Um Discos on 15th October. A technicolour masterpiece of international alt-po...
Friday, July 13, 2012
Lucas Santtana follows last years highly acclaimed album ‘Sem Nostalgia’ with a remix album featuring interpretations from Optimo’s JD Twitch, Deerhoof’s John Dieterich, Burnt Friedman, Joao Brasil, M. Takara 3 and more. Released digitally on the 16th July the new album will be available for free download from his website. &...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Brazilian Lucas Santtana follows his highly acclaimed album of last year ‘Sem Nostalgia’ with the first in a series of remix EPs, released digitally on the 9th April. On ‘Sem Nostalgia’ Santtana used samplers, processors and other hardware to reconstruct the Brazilian tradition of voice and guitar and on this EP Mais Um...
“One of the best of the younger Brazilian musicians and songwriters” New York Times
Experimenting with only “voz e violão” (voice and acoustic guitar) back in the 1950s Dorival Caymmi and João Gilberto laid down the blueprint for what many people today consider the quintessential sound of Brazil.
Since then, with artists so in awe of what the past masters achieved, this style has been frozen in time – until Lucas Santtana tore up the rulebook and brought this tradition slap bang into the 21st century
Equal parts Tom Ze and Thom Yorke, Lucas Santtana is one of Brazil's most interesting, dynamic and experimental singer-songwriter-producers. He is the first artist signing to new UK based Brazilian record label Mais Um Disco who’s much acclaimed debut release ‘Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira’ charted a sonic snapshot of the most exciting mew Brazilin music.
With the help of long-term song-writing partner Arto Lindsay - Lucas has breathed new life into the Brazilian music institution that is “voz e violão”.
To achieve different sonic results, the tracks were co-produced by Lucas and collaborators. Berna Ceppas is responsible for the atmospheric and minimalist mood of “Nature #1 In Mi Maior” and “Hold Me In”, where the noise of a missed note echoes through the space, as if on purpose. “Who Can Say Which Way” was produced by Chico Neves, and so was “Ripple Of The Water”, recorded late at night, inside the woods of Rio De Janeiro’s Botanical Gardens.
Gustavo Lenza and Lucas Martins produced the sound collages of “Super Violão Mashup” whilst ‘king-of-the-mash-up’ DJ Joao Brasil produced the sounds for the frenetic “Violão de Mario Bros”. Buguinha Dub lent his effects to “Amor em Jacumã” and “Cira, Regina e Nana”, as did Rica Amábis in “Recado pro Pio Lobato”. Arto Lindsay, Lucas Santtana’s usual partner, co-wrote “Hold Me In”, “I Can’t Live Far From My Music” and the beautiful, seventies infused “Night-time in the backyard”.
When the concept overshadows the music, a conceptual record can be in danger of needing an instruction booklet in order to make any sense yet this is not a threat here. “Sem Nostalgia” stands on it’s own, independent from the concept that built it.