Alexandre Kassin, Moreno Veloso and Domenico Lancellotti are three of the coolest players on the new Rio de Janeiro music scene. As the +2 band, they have each taken it in turn to dominate recordings and they have also found time to enliven the latest samba revival with Orquestra Imperial, an often-changing project that has included the likes of Seu Jorge. On this excursion, Kassin leads his colleagues through what sounds like an unexpectedly easy collision between an experimental rock band and old-style Brazilian bossa nova. So there are easy-going, melodic ballads that show off the fine singing of Moreno (the son of Caetano Veloso), and these are suddenly dissected with playful electronic effects and wild or sturdy guitar riffs from Kassin. The final tracks are in English and feature Sean O'Hagan, and John McEntire of Tortoise. It's an intriguing set, but they are even better playing live.
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