Boomkat Product Review:
The third album from Brazilian auteur and Caetano Veloso collaborator Ricardo Dias Gomes is sunny, psychedelic and celebratory, focused on Gomes' dreamy voice and lilting samba rhythms.
Recorded after Gomes relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon, 'Muito Sol' is the veteran performer's most experimental album yet, interspersing its songs with bubbling modular freakouts and doomy, distorted drones. The record was put together with an incredible cast of players, including Jeremy Gustin on drums, Julian Desprez on guitar and the great Shahzad Ismaily on synths, but it's Gomes' voice that's the main draw here. After the atmospheric psych freakout of the opening track, Gomez's airy tones appear on the gorgeous 'Morrerei Por Isso', lifting us into the clouds. These songs would be remarkable even without the additional instrumentation and unusual production choices, but Gomes sounds more comfortable taking the road less traveled, puncturing his songs with distortion and electricity.
Then there's moments like 'Fllow', that sounds like a krautrock bassline being tossed around in a washing machine. On their own these tracks might sound like an odd diversion, but they're the backbone of 'Muito Sol', giving extra weight to Gomez's more traditional compositions. So 'Um Dia' is softly-spoken and charming - think Veloso, but also Broadcast - and 'Com 6 Anos' is a skeletal take on the bossa groove, while 'Menos' erupts mid-way through with growling oscillators and a low-slung rhythm. 'Meditative Mode' is even more impressive, ducking Gomez's vocals underneath shimmering pads and reverb-laced horns. Sci-fi bossa, anyone? Great stuff.