LULA CÔRTES / LAILSON

Satwa

(Time Lag) Used LP $35.00

Written, recorded and released just as Brazil’s military dictatorship reached the climax of its long black arc, the one and only Satwa album is a divinely subtle protest, often cited as Brazil’s first independent record. On the 2005 repress of this 1973 grail item, Lula Côrtes and Lailson jammed cross-legged and produced folk trance gems largely devoid of voice and word, a succession of ragas and mantras, powered by incense, magic mushrooms and other “mental muscle expanders,” with Côrtes plucking steely leads on sitar while Lailson’s 12-string thrums crystalline chords. Robertinho Do Recife guesst on “Blues do Cachorro Muito Louco,” the most explicitly fried track.