Brazil, 1974, progressive pop / psychedelic folk

Secos & MolhadosSecos & Molhados: Though this isn’t as good as their perfect debut album, that’s not really a criticism. It’s hard to perfectly repeat oneself. I’m not going to pretend to understand the social and political situations out of which grew this album, but Ney Matogrosso is a firecracker unlike any I’ve ever heard. There’s something beautifully primal about him. I’ve just discovered that the band name, when translated into English, is “Dry & Wet”. I wonder what—if anything—that refers to. This music is daring and creative and can be appreciated even without understanding Portuguese, but suffice it to say, they believed their land was dead and their people sad.

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