Céu & Curumin
On her first two albums, São Paulo singer Céu enchanted listeners by slipping her deliciously sly and supple voice around languid bossas and sambas subtly updated with touches of electronica, reggae, trip-hop, jazz, and pop. But on her new Caravana Sereia Bloom, produced by Gui Amabis, Céu is far more eclectic, her repertoire inspired by a metaphoric journey around Brazil and the Caribbean, assimilating influences and reaching back to the expansive philosophy of psychedelic-era Tropicália. She particularly taps northeastern Brazil's potent musical crucible for elements of baião, maracatu, and mangue, as well as Jamaica and a pan-Latin array of styles that only begins with merengue, cumbia, and chica, all woven into tracks that sidle and sashay from sizzling Carnaval to cool Ipanema. "You Won't Regret It," one of three tunes sung in English, is a vintage Lloyd Robinson/Glen Brown rocksteady song that Céu also laces with New Orleans spirit, from her vocal phrasing to the splashes of trumpet and tuba. Another, "Streets Bloom," is a seductive dose of noir-funk accented by programmed steel pan. Also along on tour is fellow São Paulo resident Curumin, a drummer, singer, and composer who plays on some Caravana tracks and has a new album of his own titled Arrocha.
Fri., June 15, 7 p.m., 2012
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