|Gay, Ben Lamar / Benjamim E Edinho|
|Add Date:||2018-12-04|| ||Pull Date:||2019-02-05|| |
|Week Ending:||13 Jan||6 Jan||30 Dec||16 Dec|
Ben LaMar Gay - “Benjamin e Edinho”|
Reviewed by Chano
Benjamim e Edinho is a joint production of Ben LaMar Gay and Brazilian guitar master Edinho Gerber. The two musicians shared friendship & stories across a co-residence in Chicago and time spent in Rio de Janeiro (where Gerber is from, and Gay lived for some time). In the diverse spectrum of Gay’s catalogue, Benjamim e Edinho is where he displays his admiration for the experimental folk/R&B arrangements of Chicago Soul originator Charles Stepney, 1970s Quincy Jones, the work of Moacir Santos and all the storied innovators of Brazilian experimental music. Benjamim e Edinho is a nugget of Pan-Americana that rebirths the revolutionary, psychedelic & sexy sound of classic Tropicalia through a Chicagoan lens. (From promo :)
FCCs: One FCC on track 8 :(((
Favorites: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
RIYL: psychedelic, jazz, tropicalia, samba, and other fusions!
1. “Dere Ma Baby Go” - 3:37 - Uptempo beat, loopy guitars, energetic vocals, and switch ups in beat/rhythm throughout the first few minutes. Cool glitchy stuff spread throughout.
2. “Swim, Swim” - 3:23 - Upbeat. Stringed instrument and synth bloops with vocals; high energy but in a darker kind of way; really nice transitions; Portuguese vocals! Very cool song.
3. “Weapons” - 3:27 - sort of melancholy acoustic guitar and introspective vocals about family and other themes; fun snare rolls build intensity along with a little electric guitar making interesting distorted sounds;
4. “Golden Thrush” - 2:24 - really pretty instrumental track; twinkling guitars and other sounds give this a really nice positive vibe.
5. “Totem” - 3:54 - Midtempo. No drums, but stringed/guitar sounding instruments and synth for first few minutes of this one; two different vocals give nice texture to the lyrics about flying, strength, and other interesting visual themes. Really pretty choral singing toward the end of track. Very magical vibes.
6. “Empregada” - 3:56 - Very funky; wah sounds, synth lead; cool vocals about what “mama” is gonna do; sounds like a wah pedal on a percussive instrument. Very sick track.
7. “Kunni” - 3:48 - Synth sounds open up the track are upbeat, warm, lush, and atmospheric; Real nice funky/jazzy bassline; vocals throughout give this a very ethereal yet straight up song feel. Drums come in about halfway through.
8. “Ye Ye” - 4:11 - Bassline with nice spacey effect, super upbeat drums, clarinet, and vocals give this a nice cosmic jazzy vibe. FCC right at the end that I’ll try to edit out.