Cavalo is the stunning debut solo release by Brazil native and songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / poet / artist Rodrigo Amarante. His work can be credited back to his numerous collaborations with Devendra Banhart, the critically acclaimed Little Joy (which included Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes & Binki Shapiro), and longtime Brazilian rock group Los Hermanos. Cavalo deems to be a diverse collection of folk melodies infused with South American psych and lo-fi haze. The multi-instrumentalist finds inspiration in being a foreigner. He states, “I believe that everybody can feel foreign in one way or another, in the way that they feel they’re perceived by others, in their bodies, their streets, in their fate perhaps, so I dream that this vehicle, an unpredictable mirror that I fill, that serves me and that moves me, can also move you, serve yet others, with luck.” “Hourglass” is one of the albums many standouts which Noisey called a “charming, bouncy little track [that] recalls the glorious indie rock days of the early ’00s.” Amarante‘s vocals casually brood over an assortment of instruments, giving off a distinct South American vibe. Its upbeat tempo is incredibly catchy. On the record, Amarante fluctuates between English, French and Portuguese, only adding to the exotic attributes already present. Cavalo features performances by actress Kristen Wiig, Fabrizio Moretti, Moldy Peaches member Adam Green, Devendra Banhart, and Cate Le Bon producer, Josiah Steinbrick.
“Cavalo will be a sparse affair featuring eerie folk ballads that could easily soundtrack a cowboy riding off into the sunset. The record is about embracing the solitude of a lonesome traveler’s life…”
RIYL: Devendra Banhart, Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Beirut, Vashti Bunyan
Recommended tracks: Track #2 “Hourglass”, track #5 “Mana”, track #8 “O Cometa”, track #3 “Mon Nom”, track #6 “Fall Asleep”
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Label: Easy Sound Recording Company