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Maraca - Longe

From AMG Reviews

Maraca's strong interest in Spanish and Portuguese cultures motivated the concept album Longe around the writings of the early 20th century Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Singer Gabriela Vermelho sure has the warmth, flexibility,and range to mimic traditional styles, but the rhythm section remains steeped in rock music, giving the grooves a feel heavier that expected. Then again, Longe is not meant to be genuine Portuguese folk. The backwards oud introducing the opening track, "Dobre," is as good a clue as any. Petr Filák's oud adds a Sephardic color, but the piece is resolutely modern. Trumpeter Frantisek Slavík contributes neocool touches in this and a few more pieces. Two songs are sung in English, the other ones are in Portuguese. Arrangements are carefully tailored to offer a balance of tradition (violin, trumpet) and innovation (in the bass work of Ales Obkrácil, particularly creative and unpredictable). Pessoa's words, especially his darker, more intimate poems, find fresh resonances in these elegant songs. Highlights include the delicate "Sonhos," the very East European "I Know," and the teasing bossanova "Nuvens." This is world fusion of a different kind, relying on very adult alternative pop atmospheres instead of the usual hyped-up Latin dance rhythms. Try it, if only for Vermelho's highly seductive voice.

François Couture, All Music Guide

- All Music Guide


Discography

LP Maraca , 2000
LP Longe , 2003
LP Bloody balads ,2005
LP The Body is too slow for me,2006

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Maraca, world music and alternative rock group mixing jazz and electronic music, with folk roots all over the world. Czech Grammy nominated for their second album Longe with mystic portuguese lyrics by Fernando Pessoa.One of the best czech groups since 2000 year.
This is world fusion of a different kind, relying on very adult alternative pop atmospheres. Try it, if only for Vermelho's highly seductive voice.