Album Review

Fumaca Preta – “Fumaca Preta” – [Soundway Records]

Thurston Hunger   1/30/2015   12-inch, International

Why can’t we find more “psychedelic soul” like this. Holy
(black) Smoke! Alex Figueira, a gent of Portuguese and
Venezuelean descent, builds a little barracao behind his
house in Amsterdam, and somehow the Amazon river flows
through it! Psycho-tropicalic-super-freak-tastic sounds,
like a bunch of happy monsters eating forbidden flowers
digging up tried and driven beats, fuzzier than an
Electric Turk’s beard, more powerful than a Soul Train in
Space, and less calories than most coctails. Figueira
pretty much screams as if he’s under attack by Vampyros
Lesbos on the dance floor. Every band member wearing
cow-bell-bottom pants I assume. But this is ear-spanking
new stuff, check out the break with the diseased robot
thank-a-thon in the eponymous lead off track on side B.
“Pupilas Dilatadas” drops a rave tab before rock-star
orgasm-face solo. At times lyrics just repeat in various
shades of madness. Kika Carvalho is brought in as mind
and heart doctor with go-go voices from attending nurses,
Elaine, Paula and Cissa who try to help. But the patient
is too far gone, too far happy. Check out the haunted
house organ on “Voce Enlouqueceu” and “Perdidos” the
latter even finds flute and a chamber quarter before
going surfing in that secret tie-dyed river. Such
a great album capturing abandon and musical fun!
More please…
-Thurston Hunger

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Fred Mertz says

Loved the sounds AND the review. Not sure which I liked more! Go Go Thurston


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