In need of a seductive record? Look no further than Noites do Norte.
In need of a seductive record? Look no further than Noites do Norte. Veloso's vocals always have a way of putting the listener in a cozy state of mind. And a major plus of this recording is that Veloso's arrangements are every bit as tantalizing as his vocals. The production has achieved a state of equipoise between instrumental economy and the polyphony of tropicalia. The opening tune, "Zera a Reza," is a model of minimalism-meets-groove, as Veloso lays hip-hop beats alongside a bossa nova guitar. Atop this slight arrangement, he voices a lovely melody, slipping into understated rap passages, then singing his way back on top of the mix. Most of the tracks share the graceful melodic/rhythmic interplay that enlivens "Zera a Reza," whether the song has the intricate exoticism of "Cantiga de Boi" or the romantic drama of "Tempestades Solares" and "Meu Rio." What's most admirable about Veloso is that he still approaches music as if it's an adventure.—PVV