Invoke

Invoke

by Arto Lindsay
     
 

Brazilophile Arto Lindsay carries the legacy of tropicália -- the tropical pastiche that defined South American cool in the '60s -- into the future on Invoke. What began as a salute to the country and culture where Lindsay, the son of missionaries, grew up has become the fertile basis of his most mature work. While the famed guitarist led New YorkSee more details below

Overview

Brazilophile Arto Lindsay carries the legacy of tropicália -- the tropical pastiche that defined South American cool in the '60s -- into the future on Invoke. What began as a salute to the country and culture where Lindsay, the son of missionaries, grew up has become the fertile basis of his most mature work. While the famed guitarist led New York's no-wavers in the early '80s and made art out of a resolute inability to play his instrument, Lindsay will no doubt be just as fondly remembered years hence for gorgeous, surprising discs such as this one. The resonances of Brazil's aesthetic -- its slippery lightness, fecund African rhythms, ripe sexuality, omnivorous appetites, and omnipresent juxtaposition of trash and beauty -- come naturally to Arto's music. Sympathetic producer Andres Levin and downtown bassist Melvin Gibbs help Lindsay craft compelling rhythmic beds for his musings, crackling with percussion, the odd electronic blip, feedback, and mirage-like glimpses of acoustic beauty. But they aren't the only ones Lindsay lets into his unique world. On "Predigo," members of the Brazilian rock band Nação Zumbi contribute growling swamp beats; guitarist and longtime Lindsay acolyte Vinicius Cantuaria works his rhythmic magic on strings and cardboard box on "Unseen" and the bossa nova-funk "Beija-Me." While Invoke carries on in the same vein as Lindsay's previous Brazil albums, the sense of refined experimentation is at its greatest, and his crooning -- surprisingly supple and open -- would do tropicália legend Caetano Veloso proud. In fact, with his ever-tightening concept of a new tropical avant-garde, Arto Lindsay may just have lapped his Brazilian heroes.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Seemingly far from the chaotic no wave of DNA, Arto Lindsay continues his explorations into the subtleties of Brazilian pop music. Throughout Invoke, avant-gardisms bubble just below the surface in strange loops and weird drumbeats, occasionally finding their way to the top (such as on "In the City That Reads"). Lindsay fuses the ideas of the art pop of David Byrne with the haunting samples of Soul Coughing's Mark de Gli Antoni. The result is a magical, atmospheric disc that is ambient in its effect with enough surface-level tension to keep the listener engaged. It is undoubtedly mood music. The only problem might be in finding the proper situation in which to listen to the disc. It's a bit too mellow for party listening and perhaps a bit too bright for late-night contemplation. It might be best suited for dusk on a summer evening, letting it provide the transition into darkness.
Entertainment Weekly - Larry Blumenfeld
Idiosyncratic pop of the highest order. (A-)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Righteous Babe
UPC:
0748731702724
catalogNumber:
27
Rank:
51018

Tracks

  1. Illuminated
  2. Predigo
  3. Ultra Privileged
  4. Over/Run
  5. Invoke
  6. You Decide
  7. In the City That Reads
  8. Delegada
  9. Uma
  10. Clemency
  11. Unseen
  12. Beija-me

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arto Lindsay   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Malach   Clarinet
Stephen Barber   Organ,Clarinet,Guitar,Keyboards
Melvin Gibbs   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Andres Levin   Guitar,Keyboards,Loops
Sandra Park   Violin
Peter Scherer   Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Dengue   Bass
Vinicius Cantuaria   Guitar,Vocals,Cardboard Box
Dari Moraes   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar
Lúcio Maia   Guitar
Berna Ceppas   Korg
Pato Rouco   Surdo
Panda Bear   Drums,Vocals
Marivaldo Paim   Surdo
Mário Pam   Surdo
Jorge du Peixe   Tambor
Nanny Assis   Percussion

Technical Credits

Arto Lindsay   Producer
Paul Angelli   Mastering
Stephen Barber   Horn Arrangements,Violin Arrangement
David Boyle   Engineer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Melvin Gibbs   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andres Levin   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Antoine Midani   Engineer
Fabiano   Digital Editing
Steve Cohen   Executive Producer
Sohrab Habibion   Engineer
Diego Cortez   Art Direction,Creative Producer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Daniel Carvalho   Digital Editing
Juan Garcia   Engineer
Berna Ceppas   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Marivaldo Paim   Contributor
Kiko Klaus   Engineer

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