Mosquitosby The Mosquitos
Maybe Chris Root really did get his love of Brazilian music in the womb, as the publicity for this record claims. Wherever it came from, it's real, although his playing is more a sketchy American approximation of the subtle rhythms of samba and bossa nova than the real complex thing. Not that it matters. His songs here, on Mosquitos, have an aura of joy -- often childlike -- that's echoed by the voice of Juju Stulbach (very breathy and seductive) and the keyboard work of Jon Marshall Smith. Root's Brazil might be, to an extent, an imaginary creation, but he loves playing there, and songs like "Mosquito" and "Boombox" have a soft energy and a sunny vitality. To be fair, none of it would work properly with all three people. Alone, Root would sound a little too naïve, too much like a kid scrawling in a book. His excesses are tempered by the others, and the result is some glorious pop music that's more Brazilian-inflected than really Brazilian proper. Root does get in a love song with "Juju & Blue," and "Pure Like Snow" is a gorgeous little piece. It might not be the American/Brazilian fusion of Arto Lindsay, but it works on its own terms, neatly crossing cultural and geographical boundaries. In their own quiet way, Mosquitos are quite revolutionary -- and great fun.
- Release Date:
- Bar/None Records
Performance CreditsMosquitos Primary Artist
Jon Marshall Smith Group Member
Juju Stulbach Group Member
Chris Root Group Member
Dave Brodie Upright Bass
Technical CreditsJon Marshall Smith Producer,Engineer
Juju Stulbach Artwork
Chris Root Producer
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Terrific CD! I heard the story about this cross-cultural band on an NPR Weekend Edition profile and tried to buy it at B&N store right away; however, it had been just released and the store had received only one copy that was immediately "snapped up". I waited almost 3 weeks for my copy and it was well worth the wait. It's light and breezy music, kind of like a cross between Brazilian pop and Hawaiian music. All cuts are great and "Boombox" is quite amusing.