American-Brazilian Arto Lindsay is the perfect musician to entangle the popular music of Brazil and the U.S.
American-Brazilian Arto Lindsay is the perfect musician to entangle the popular music of Brazil and the U.S. and emerge with a sound that challenges his listeners in the most seductive manner possible. Invoke summons samba and tropicália with sublime confidence, folding these vibes into art rock, noise rock, samples and loops, conjuring wonderful music that flirts with ambient—just flirts, however. Such songs as "Over/Run," "Illuminated," and the title track have an undeniable groove that prevents them from lurking in the background. "Clemency," "Unseen," and "Predigo," on the other hand, are muscled-up avant soundscapes, rich in percussive urgency and brooding, industrial, sonic imagery. Leaving no Brazilian stone unturned, Lindsay ends the album with an exquisite, airy samba, "Beija-me" (Kiss me). His performance is thoroughly reminiscent of Caetano Veloso at his most romantic. A very cool finale.—PVV