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The God who devastates also cures (CD - £5)

by Lucas Santtana

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krotix Very eclectic mash of genres that evoke electronica, tropocalia, and some of the flavor of indie. Very nice and varied from top to bottom. Favorite track: Ela É Belém.
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mrpigeon The comparison to Beck in the album description feels accurate; at times very reminiscent of Beck during his late 90s Mutations period. There's a lot to love in this album, which works as well in its quieter moments as it does in its more uptempo offerings. Favorite track: Ela É Belém.
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Nit Piv You can dance and you can relax, nice mix of sounds. Favorite track: Ela É Belém.
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Karl Jackson Well crafted, relaxed electro-acoustic masterpieces. Favorite track: O Deus Que Devasta Mas Também Cura.
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"From psychedelic bossa novas to string-swathed ballads, it's a trip" (4/5) THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"A dub-samba mix of lonely after-hours journeys with melancholy brass and tear-stained strings" (4/5) MOJO

"Lush melodic song-writing in a distinctly contemporary vein" (4/5) THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Technicolour break-up album from Brazilian post-modernist" UNCUT

"The kaleidoscope of musical colours never dims" FINANCIAL TIMES


‘The God Who Devastates Also Cures’ is a technicolour masterpiece of international alt-pop featuring afrobeat tinged electro-rock, soaring symphonic ballads, stuttering Amazonian-reggaeton, head-nodding breakbeats and horn-led ska.

Artists from outside the Anglophone world can tend to be pigeonholed as exotic and ‘other’, but Lucas Santtana, a Brazilian, is clearly focused on universal themes, both musically and lyrically. His new record is a breakup album in the healthily cathartic tradition of ‘Here My Dear’ or ‘Blood On The Tracks’ – turning over the pieces of a broken relationship and wondering how they once fitted together.

With ‘The God Who Devastates Also Cures’, Santtana has created an album of sumptuous variety and depth with at times a nod to Beck and Danger Mouse at their most grandiose – string parts swoon over slinking polyrhythms and puckish samples to create a sonic tableau at once fresh, vital and uniquely distinct. There is a hip hop flavour to the head-nodding brass instrumental ‘Vamos Andar Pela Cidade’, which recalls Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (a band Santtana admires), but then the track after it, ‘Now No One Has Anything’, sounds more like Chicago art-school guitarist David Grubbs. 'The God Who...' sees Santtana reach new heights of musical and lyrical storytelling.


released July 8, 2013



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