13 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her third full-length, Caravana Sereia Bloom, Brazilian singer/songwriter Ceu presents a varied set that evokes the expansive eclecticism of the Tropicália movement of the '60s. But that influence is diffuse; the album is clearly a 21st-century effort that borrows what it needs from other sources, too. Spiked with electric guitar, “Falta de Ar” chugs along nicely as keyboards and vibraphone add a cool touch. The multitextured music serves as a complementary backdrop for the singer’s clear-toned vocals. A ska groove undergirds the impressively produced “Asfalto e Sal”, which ingeniously combines all sorts of elements; it’s a delight to hear Ceu glide over the sounds effortlessly. “Retrovisor” has a vintage feel that combines the atmosphere of late-night rock clubs with a cabaret's ambience. The distinctive flavor of old-school reggae shows up on the English-language track “You Won’t Regret It”. (The simmering, moody “Streets Bloom” is also in English.) “Chegar Em Mim,” where Ceu’s dreamy vocals are backed by fine percussion, reverberant guitar, and sweet bass playing, closes this thoroughly pleasant album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her third full-length, Caravana Sereia Bloom, Brazilian singer/songwriter Ceu presents a varied set that evokes the expansive eclecticism of the Tropicália movement of the '60s. But that influence is diffuse; the album is clearly a 21st-century effort that borrows what it needs from other sources, too. Spiked with electric guitar, “Falta de Ar” chugs along nicely as keyboards and vibraphone add a cool touch. The multitextured music serves as a complementary backdrop for the singer’s clear-toned vocals. A ska groove undergirds the impressively produced “Asfalto e Sal”, which ingeniously combines all sorts of elements; it’s a delight to hear Ceu glide over the sounds effortlessly. “Retrovisor” has a vintage feel that combines the atmosphere of late-night rock clubs with a cabaret's ambience. The distinctive flavor of old-school reggae shows up on the English-language track “You Won’t Regret It”. (The simmering, moody “Streets Bloom” is also in English.) “Chegar Em Mim,” where Ceu’s dreamy vocals are backed by fine percussion, reverberant guitar, and sweet bass playing, closes this thoroughly pleasant album.

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