Brazillian rockers Boogarins are a fantastic example of the ways in which American and British music traditions greatly benefit from the injection of a more diversified group of influences.
In this case, Boogarins—comprised of high school friends and natives of Goiânia, Brazil, Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz—have taken a revitalized look at trippy, chugging psychedelic rock and filtered it through the samba-inflected coastal grooves of the Tropicalia movement that grew substantially in Brazil in the 1960s. Their debut album As Plantas Que Curam
was recorded while Fernando and Benke were still in high school in their parents' basements.
The album was obssessed over and tinkered with for at least a few years and manages to recall the exuberant weirdness of Brazillian psych legends Os Mutantes, as opening track "Lucifernidas" sounds like its speeding out into the desert for an indefinite stay on the back of a Ratatat guitar line and loping drum beat. Hearing lead singer Fernando practically whisper the lyrics in his native Brazillian Portugeuse makes me think the language was created to be sung aloud.
The clanging, house of mirrors rocker "Ere," the languid, dusty island jam "Despreocupar," and the spacey jangle pop of "Doce" show a young band with a creative vision firmly intact and a tight grasp of how their influences should inform their work, not stifle it.
It's not every day a Brazillian band plays a neighborhood joint in Lawrenceville on a Wednesday, and considering Ferndando and Benke have been touring for the better part of 18 months, their live show should be more than capable of delivering the Tropicalia-inflected psych rock that made their debut album so fascinating. (146 44th Street, Lawrenceville, Cattivo