June 25
7 p.m.
Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu's supple voice is imbued with breezy sensuality, earning easy comparisons to Ipanema's Astrud Gilberto. Her affinity for samba, bossa nova, and their global hybrids indicates an alignment with Tropicália. She experiments with electronica, complex rhythms, and sophisticated pop ideas. It's enough to inspire declarations that she's the future of Brazilian music. All true enough, as is her penchant for subtle reinvention with each new album. That's the case now with Tropix. Céu says the title is a fusion of tropical and pixel, the latter referring to the technological blips and pings that flit about tunes like "Amor Pixelado." The LP includes a diversity of percolating rhythms stretching from Brazilian roots to electro-funk, new wave, trip-hop, and quirky grooves adapted from worldwide sources. Yet Céu establishes a remarkable degree of organic cohesion. Finding traction between freneticism and insouciance is Céu's ideal zone, enabling her to juxtapose the lilting, saudade-tinged "Sangria," the melting psychedelia of "Camadas," and the cubist rock of "A Menina E O Monstro." Kauf opens.