LULA CÔRTES

Rosa De Sangue

(Time Lag) Used LP $10.00

The Brazilian legend backed by The Mountains Band, further assisted Alceu Valenca, Flaviola, Ze De Flauta, Paulo Rafael and many others. This wild audio experience recorded in 1980 covers many styles and moods: crazed ethno folk-rock; magical, gentle, jungle folk psych; hard-hitting, coke-dusted fuzz rock; insane, mutant-disco dance floor grooves; tweaked Americana; acid vocal raga trance; and way beyond. Côrtes’s smoke- and booze-steeped voice darts between crazed abandon, deep sadness, and glowing soulful humor. When things are mellow, you could easily imagine you’re hearing an outtake from Marconi Notaro or Paebiru, but the next moment you’re dropped into a raging street party or a dimly lit booze-drenched bar. Frenzied guitars are all over, including some tough fuzz, as well as powerful rolling bass grooves, soaring violin, moog weirdness, dusted backup vocals, and great drum kit / regional percussion interplay. Psychedelic at heart, but brimming with flashes of tropicalia, punk, prog, and pure, hot-blooded rock’n’roll. A bizarre and amazing album, thought for decades to be permanently lost due to insecure corporate lackeys. Heavy vintage-style jacket, foldout poster, plus an extra insert with new liner notes for this 2009 reissue. 180g vinyl.

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.