Brazil, 1974, progressive folk / chamber folk

Quinteto ArmorialDo romance ao galope nordestino: This one leaps and dances with all the wild precision of a naked flame. No vocals, nothing plugged in. In a way this reminds me of the charming chamber play of Penguin Café Orchestra, where rhythm is primarily kept by the interplay of the stringed instruments. This album tiptoes and gallops and falls to the ground laughing. Considering the neo-Medieval cast to a lot of the folk here, don’t think you’re going to be getting a traditional Brazilian folk album. Still, this is a fun listen, and it might just turn your frown upside down.

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