Forro in the Dark
Asa Branca (Nublu, 2007)
The unmistakable voice of David Byrne opens this 4-track EP, giving it a considerable pop sound. It seems like Forro in the Dark innovative concept of forró has made them into a popular act that attracts big names. Their previous collaboration was with the rising star of Brazilian music, Seu Jorge .
The recording is clearly directed to DJs and dance clubs. All the songs have a dance feel to them and there are three different versions of the same song, Asa Branca. The first version is the pop one. The second one is a retro sounding cowboy mix, which belongs to the neolounge fad. The third version is much edgier, featuring the electronics of Dublex Inc., and a jazz downtempo groove.
The remaining piece, "Kidon Kibom," is the best on the EP, together with the Dublex remix of Asa Branca. "Kidon Kibom" is a grooving electronica piece that builds up, with electronic beats combined with acoustic drumming, topped with repetitive vocals and brass.
Get the recording from www.nublu.net.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.