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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol ”Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol” 1976 Brazil Psych Folk

Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol ”Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol” 1976 Brazil Psych Folk
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Interest in Brazil’s 1960s/1970s music scene is pretty much dominated by Tropicalia these days, but behind this popular front lay a bevy of fantastic psychedelic rock albums that don’t otherwise fit in with the kaleidoscopic coastal sounds of folks like Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa or Os Mutantes. One of these is the self-titled release by Flaviola e o Bando do Sol, an ethereal slice of psychedelic folk music put together by many of the same cats who made Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho’s Paêbirú such an enduring classic. 

There is a lazy, mellow vibe to the proceedings here that really puts you in a midnight, beach campfire vibe, with jangling acoustic guitars and wispy flashes of percussion bedding Flaviola’s warm, reassuring vocals. Flute, dulcimer, and what sounds like a harp also make appearances here, as well as several other instruments that sound distinctly Brazilian, though I’ll be damned if I can name them. The rare, rapid-fire semi-electric number “Asas” and the catchy “Balalaica” are definitely the numbers to play to Tropicalia fans, featuring the record’s most energetic rhythms, with Flaviola and friends cheerily chanting out the title on the latter (whether or not the song actually makes use of a Russian balalaika I have no idea). Slower pieces like “Noite” and the autoharp punctuated “Canção de Outono” are more personal numbers, with sleepy sways to them and delicate finger picking. 

The record is pretty short, at just under half an hour long, so I’ll keep the review short in turn. After all, this isn’t exactly an album that you can say very much about, as it’s more about the magic of hearing all these simple acoustic sounds come together – there is nothing shocking or avant-garde here, simply beautiful music that is bound to stick with you long after the needle’s been lifted. British-based reissue label Mister Bongo has done us all a favor by repressing this one on 180 gram vinyl, though if that’s not your thing (and it should be) then they also have copies on compact disc. Don’t miss this one....Rising Storm review.....~ 


What would happen if Robin Williamson, Mike Heron or Vashti Bunyan had been born in Recife, Brazil? … How they would sound? Probably, we will never know, but for me the closest answer lies in 1974’s album “Flaviola e o Bando do Sol” (Flaviola and the Flock of the Sun).
Williamson, Heron or Bunyan weren’t in Brazil at that time, but Flávio Lira, Lula Côrtes, Pablo Raphael, Robertinho of Recife, and Zé Ramalho certainly were, and they could have been perfectly the “Incredible String Band Brazilian counterparts”, their self tiled lp sounds astonishingly fresh, full of native acoustic Brazilian instruments, gloomy at times [canto funebre], hysterical [asas (pra que te quero)] or extremely poetical [noite].
If you like the folkier side of other Brazilian kids Called Os Mutantes (I know that you like them) you certainly will love Flaviola, as Forced Exposure points: “this is a brilliant album, full of strange moments (cellophane crinkled into the microphone as percussion), some deft acoustic guitar, and some of the prettiest songs this side of Vashti Bunyan”
This mystical album alongside Zé Ramalho & Lula Côrtes “Paêbirú” (recorded the same year and almost with the same lineup as Flaviola…) and Satwa’s “Satwa” constitute the three jewels of Recife’s acid folk crown.
What are you waiting?, put your headphones, turn on the music, and smell the perfumed night of Recife. This could be the cheapest and exciting Holidays ever!
Keep Listening…!!! ….~

Totally essential! Wicked deep, folky acoustic psych rock obscurity from 1970s Brazil! This will definitely appeal to fans of our Brazil 70 compilation! Another great example of Brasilian 'psicodelia' from the collective of underground musicians in Recife, featuring Flávio Lira in the lead role, along with Lula Côrtes, Pablo Raphael, Robertinho of Recife, and Zé of the Flute. Of the crazy albums from this period, the Flaviola record Flaviola E O Banda Do Sol (Flaviola and the Flock of the Sun) is one of the rarest jewels. Although it was recorded the same year (1974) as Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho's Paêbiru album, and with most of the same musicians, this is mainly an acoustic album, rife with poetic language and regional instruments, but also demonstrating the abundant energy of people involved in making something fresh and new. The cauldron of influence in Recife resulted in some very intriguing music, and the Flaviola album is no exception -- it's more intimate a trip than Paêbirú, and more accessible an experience than Satwa; this is a brilliant album, full of strange moments (cellophane crinkled into the microphone as percussion), some deft acoustic guitar, and some of the prettiest songs this side of Vashti Bunyan. Notes are (more or less!) in English, and hefty booklet includes lyrics too! Recommended! Super-deep!....~ 


Flavio Lira (a.k.a. Flaviola) only recorded one album, released on
Lula Côrtes Solar (Rozenblit) imprint. Even now, the album sounds
astonishingly fresh. Full of native acoustic Brazilian instruments and
folk guitars, he even crinkled cellophane into the microphone to get
a uniquely trippy effect. This contemporary-sounding album features
the likes of Zé De Flauta, Lula Côrtes, and Robertinho de Recife. .....~


Melancholic, poetic, psychedelic: more dozens of adjectives can be attributed to this wonderful album recorded in 1974 in the city of Pernambuco, with the participation of genius Lula Cortes, Zé da Flauta, Robertinho do Recife and Pablo Raphael, musicians not very well known , but important in the psychedelic Northeast scene. Released in a few copies by the solar label, the musician Flaviola brought an innovative sound in the national music, merging a Brazilian acoustic folk, to a somewhat "lysergic" experimentalism, that originated a true pearl, unfortunately obscure, very rare today.
Creativity was what Flávio Lira, or Flaviola, did not lack. Beautiful lyrics compose the disc, some drawn from poets like Garcia Lorca, even the Piece of Hamlet, Shakespeare.
An album that was due a while ago in the blog. Anyway, a good trip to all!.....~


Flavio Lira (aka Flaviola) only recorded one album, which was released on Lula Côrtes' 'Solar' (Rozenblit) imprint. Even now the album sounds astonishingly fresh; full of native acoustic Brazilian instruments, folk guitars… he even crinkled cellophane into the microphone to get a uniquely trippy effect. It is a contemporary sounding album that features the likes of Zé De Flauta, Lula Côrtes and Robertinho de Recife 
Flaviola’s music has been compared to Vashti Bunyan. He now resides in Rio de Janeiro where he composes music for theatre and films....~ 





Members 
Lula Côrtes, Robertinho de Recife, Zé Ramalho, Flávio Lira, Paulo Rafael 


Tracklist 
A1 Canto Fúnebre (Abertura)
A2 O Tempo
A3 Noite
A4 Desespêro
A5 Canção De Outono
A6 Do Amigo
B1 Brilhante Estrêla
B2 Como Os Bois
B3 Palavras
B4 Balalaica
B5 Olhos
B6 Romance Da Lua Lua
B7 Asas (Prá Que Te Quero?) 




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