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August Overview: Brazil

By Marcelo Costa /  Scream & Yell

 

With less than a month to decide the future of Brazil, the feeling is that the eyes of the world are watching us. We need calm. And art, always art, continues to comfort us as the government maneuvers to fake the blatant economic crisis and the number of people living below the poverty line, which triples. The streets are taken over by homeless families and the news is overflowing with corruption scandals covered up by a government that has been dismantled. At the dawn of August, Bolsonaro proposed to sentence to death the organization that supports cinema in the country, and in these uncertain days, madly illustrated by the drastic change in weather (tomorrow we could have a freezing cold or a scorching sun, and only we'll know when we wake up), only hope in the future keeps us going. Fortunately, it is full of great music and movies. Learn about our highlights.  

on his new album, Maglore looks back to the past, to the end of the 1960s and, above all, to the first half of the 1970s. But the result is not an album full of nostalgia for what was not lived: it is much more an attempt to rescue the legacy of a time that is very similar to the current one, to try to find ways to make it different in the present and in the future. This fifth album makes the melodic richness of the quartet more evident by giving the pedal a break and filling the songs with brass and string arrangements, providing references to samba rock, Brazilian soul music, Motown, the Beatles, Love and Similar. Even with more plural arrangements and harmonies, the themes of v they more easily reveal the songs in their essence, and the result is a pleasure for the ears.

It is rash to say that v it's the group's best record, but it's tempting to do so, because, listened to in sequence, the album has an "uplifting" effect. By rescuing feelings and ideas that have been buried under layers of hatred and anxiety in our daily lives, Maglore offers what only the best pop music can offer: the feeling that, no matter how difficult things are, it is still possible to find and experience beauty and joy.  By Leonardo Vinhas

MORE RELEASES

Josyara – ÀdeusdarÁ: Josyara is one of the great names of the new Bahian scene that stood out with a moving debut album, Gentle Fury (2018). Now he returns with a percussive, electronic, Afro-Baiano and poetic album that explores sounds while preaching detachment from the hardships of life, dedication to the unknown and opening up new paths. Listen on your favorite platform.

Rico Dalasam- End of Attempts: On the eve of the release of this EP, the rapper wrote on his Facebook page: "Let us be known for our dreams and not for our traumas." This p(r)o(f)ethical tone marks the album's five confessional tracks, which feature exploits with Céu and the trio Tuyo, danceable rhythms, r&b accents, immersions in conflicts and suffering. Hear him dance with his eyes closed.  

Ombu- Certain Ages: The indie trio from São Paulo has been on the road for 10 years and only now has their first full album arrived. The delicate lo-fi rawness of the early EPs subsides in a sweet, pop, romantic and dreamy album that "addresses the changes of life and talks about seeing the world in different ways". An album to listen and fall in love

Salma and Mac- Voo Livre: Salma Jô and Macloys are the founders of Carne Doce, a nice indie group from Goiânia, in central Brazil, with whom they released four acclaimed albums. Here the couple changes the guitar for the great guitar, embraces hedonism "with sugar, affection and mischief" (as the lyrics of desktop) and launches a delicious, sensual, forceful, acoustic and romantic pop tropical album. Listen on your favorite platform

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A black family from the suburbs seeks to follow their dreams in a country that has just elected a far-right man as president, who represents the opposite of everything they are. This is the starting point of the obligatory mars one, a film by Gabriel Martins that premiered in Brazil in August after going through the Sundance (USA), Toulouse (France) festivals and winning four awards at the Gramado Film Festival (Brazil): Best Screenplay, Best Film of the Jury Popular, Best Soundtrack and Special Jury Prize. mars one is the film selected to represent Brazil at the 2023 Oscars. And that's not all: in August, Gabriel Martins also signed the clip of the first single of the Minas Gerais gang, hairs. Look at trailer and the clip below and don't lose sight of the work of Gabriel and his independent production company Plastic Films. Worth a lot!

 

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