“Santtana erases the line between acoustic & electronic music"
ROLLING STONE USA
“Santtana’s innovative approach makes for a refreshing excursion” (4/5) THE OBSERVER
“Santtana blends the hushed approach that Joao Gilberto pioneered and mixes it with shimmering sparse electronics” DOWNBEAT
“Santtana takes bossa-style guitars and puts them through Ableton to create a futuristic throwback” EXCLAIM
“An adventurous, discordant deconstruction” THE TELEGRAPH
“An enchanting blend of moods and musical textures” METRO
“Beck meets Tom Ze” UNCUT
On ‘Sem Nostalgia’ Lucas Santtana has re-imagined the sonic possibilities of acoustic guitars and voices to create a modern electro-acoustic masterpiece using only these instruments.
Using samplers, pedals, filters and non-conventional recording techniques, Santtana created a haunting, disorientating and forward thinking work: “It was a great challenge to start an album knowing it would have limited sound sources” he opines, “yet I knew I could use this to the music’s advantage. I was also inspired by how Miles Davis defined notes and chromatic scale limits for his musicians on a ‘Kind of Blue’ and used this economy to make the music more intense”.
“On certain tracks, software and samplers helped me make the acoustic guitar sound like a band and on those with just vocals and guitar I used ambience to add depth. Ambient musical sounds are always around us but since we live in a visual world our ears are always in second place, yet I grew up in cinema theatres and so I know what’s possible with ambient sound. As a photographer opens the aperture as wide as possible to capture as much light so I left the microphones wide open to capture everything.”
Equal parts Tom Zé and Thom Yorke, Santtana is one of the most interesting, dynamic and experimental singer-songwriter-producers from a new generation of Brazilian musicians – a generation that according to Santtana “doesn’t fit into any existing genres of Brazilian music”.
He adds: “Our music could be produced anywhere in the world and has international influences as much as Brazilian: it does not fit into any pre-disposed clichés of tropical, colourful music”. Santtana called upon this new generation to help him realise his vision. His long-term song-writing partner is former Ambitious Lover Arto Lindsay with whom he co–wrote “Hold Me In”, “I Can’t Live Far From My Music” and “Night-time in the backyard”. Quannum Projects’ Curumin turned guitars into percussion on “Cira, Regina e Nana” and “Amor em Jacumã”, ‘the Brazilian Vampire Weekend’ Do Amor made four instruments become one on “Who Can Say Which Way”, Man Recordings’ artist Joao Brasil produced the frenetic “Violão de Mario Bros” and Buguinha Dub - sound engineer for the legendary Nação Zumbi - created the space within “Amor em Jacumã” and “Cira, Regina e Nana”.