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Notaro, Marconi – “No Sub Reino Dos Metazoarios ” – [Time-Lag]

Thurston Hunger   9/28/2006   A Library, CD

While Brazil seems to be popping up more and more as a choice
destination for travel these days, only via Time-Lag (the
label that is) can one get to the ultimate Brazil, early 70’s
with florid Tropicalia intertwining happy hippy sitar vines.
Satwa was another release that Time-Lag revived, and after
that Lula Cortes hooked up with Marconi Notaro (what a great
name, like a radio notary?) for this. Indeed, the last track
here is a paean called “Ode to Satwa.” As with that project,
this produces organic psyche, garden-of-Eden ragas, divinely
twelve-strung out. Bird calls, whistling, water dropping on
rocks…natural music! Two studies in “Anthropologic” feature
bass doing a Ravel two-step, with quick-slide electric guitar
bang and sliiiiiiiips that give way to more Io Pan sort of
revelry. Throaty Brazilian vocals come in on the end of both
of those, and on many tracks here, sounding like they were
sung around the bend of cliffs at the beach. “Oh Greedy Life”
is a sunstroke of genius! Gotta get a translation of “I Have
No Imagination To Trade Wives” as I suspect this ties to what
Marconi mastered over the next 27 years, issue seven books of
poetry before dying 10/24/2000. Give him a little Lazarus.
3W: Brazil Oyster Cult!

-Thurston Hunger

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