A Origem Das Espécies – Séculos Apaixonados

Continuing our Brazilian theme, we go for something completely different. This is Séculos Apaixonados, who are modern day Brazilian hipsters who make the kind of shiny soul-oriented 80’s style AOR that makes you imagine yachts, pastel jackets with the sleeves rolled up and uncomfortable bikinis. A bit like Hall and Oates, or the Style Council, if the Style Council were also obsessed with carioca funk. This is the first single off their second album and I’m fascinated by it.

Séculos Apaixonados are on Soundcloud

They are also on Facebook

Aline Reis – Johannina (Ladybug)

While we’re all drinking our fill of televised elite sports from Rio, let’s continue with some Brazilian music. This is the brand new debut album from Brazilian singer Aline Reis, who is a different Aline Reis from the woman who has been playing in goal for the Brazilian Olympic football team.

This is probably a bit more what you’d expect from Brazilian music than last night’s parody metal excesses. There are beautiful acoustic guitar parts, there is gently groovy Latin percussion and the whole thing has an air of hushed tropical celebration.

I haven’t found the web presence of Aline Reis (the singer) because Aline Reis (the goalkeeper) is algorithmically winning out at the moment. She used to be in a band called Saia Rodada, but now she’s gone solo. This is as much as I know [EDIT: I think it turns out that is a different Aline Reis who is a singer, I think this might be the equivalent of being called Rachel Smith in the UK].  Please enjoy.

[EDIT 2: We’ve heard from the woman herself! You can enjoy the album on Soundcloud too]

Aline Reis is on Facebook

Aline Reis is on Soundcloud

Metal Is The Law – Massacration

Tonight’s great big Olympic Opening Ceremony in Rio is doubtless going to be a spectacular celebration of Brazilian culture and all that, but I bet that they don’t include any mention of the thriving and passionate Brazilian heavy metal scene.

It was the same in the London 2012 one. Not a single snippet of Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath. No Judas Priest. Not even a sniff of Saxon. No Hawkwind either, which I was terribly disappointed by.

Anyway, in an attempt to counter this, tonight I’m showing you a song by Massacration, who are a sort of Spinal Tap type band, in that they started as a comedy act and eventually became a real band. They describe themselves as the greatest and most classic heavy metal band. I feel like I’m getting maybe 50% of the jokes because I don’t understand Brazilian Portuguese, but if you are a metal fan (or know one) I think you’ll be familiar with the tropes poked here.