Pélico: Você Não Entende Nada

21 10 2014

New Brazilian artist Pélico covers Caetano Veloso.

Praia do Futuro

16 09 2014

Praia do Futuro is a slick, stylishly-filmed gay romance from Brazil which falls curiously flat. On paper it would seem to tick all the boxes, for me at least: gay sex, Brazil, stylish cinematography and an exotic arthouse director, Brazilian-Algerian Cannes juror Karim Ainuz. But in the event, I found the relationship between a moody Brazilian life guard and German motorcyclist oddly uncompelling. We knew so little about either character (dialogue is sparse) that in the end I didn’t really care if they ended up together or not. Shame. Plus, some scenes seemed rather forced – like when the lovers strip off and stand on rocks watching waves breaking while they laugh. Who does that?

The film was on as part of Hong Kong’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, on now.

Jaloo’s Downtown

13 09 2014

The Lady Gaga of the Amazon, androgynous synth-shaman Jaloo rocks his Rio Xingu-meets-Downtown-DIY look on new single, Downtown.

Read an interview with him here.

…. and Marli’s black magic

5 09 2014

Tecnobrega, the colourful style of music from Brazil’s Para state mixes Amazonian rhythms with analogue beats and a cheerfully tacky (or is it  sophisticated?) pop sensibility. The genre has been on fire lately, producing a whole new generation of some of Brazil’s most interesting artists. First there was Gaby Amarantes, then Jaloo – and now Marli.

Marli is a former domestic helper and now lo-fi underground electro artist, who according to last.fm, writes songs about “love, nature and satanism.” Her sound is all raw, ragged-y vocals over DIY beats. Her look is even better – a brazenly cheap tumlbrrific style popularised by a million teenage bloggers, and yet also uber-hip style bible SuperSuper.

Tacky, or tasteful? The tecnobrega connundrum in a nutshell.

Here is her old band, O Olho do Tarado.

Brasil retro

18 08 2014

Three of the country’s indie “divas” look to the sixties for inspiration:

The under-rated talent of Fernanda Takai:

Mallu Magalhaes:

And Barbara Eugenia:

Barbara Eugenia: Dropping (hipster) bombs

9 08 2014

An eye-catching new video, and breathy new sound, for Brazilian singer Barbara Eugenia (above) and below, from her last album.

31 nights in Brazil in Melbourne

8 08 2014

To mark the World Cup celebrations in Brazil, Australia’s government-funded, free-to-air “multicultural channel”, SBS, programmed a killer month-long selection of Brazilian films, organised by region no less, from Sao Paulo and Rio to Minas Gerais and the relatively obscure Para and Maranhao. Impressive work ! Above, Rodrigo Santoro in “Behind the Sun” and below a clip from “Cidade Baixa” (Lower City) featuring the now-Hollywood star, Alicia Braga, both representing Bahia. Following on from the recent discovery of “Neighbouring Sounds“, I would like to check out more Brazilian flicks


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