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Forro in the Dark

Light A Candle (NuBlu Records)

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Four Brazilian ex-pats filter forró (a syncopated rhythmic music originating in mainly rural northeastern Brazil) through their lives and experiences in New York. On this follow-up to its 2006 debut, Bonfires of São João, the band comes into its own. Guilherme Monteiro's contributions come to mind as the true badge of the band at this stage of its career. His riffs on electric guitar fit forró's snappy energy but also have a toughness to them. Listen for him trading off with Jorge Continentino's sax and pifano (flute). Monteiro also writes and sings like a young João Gilberto on "Better Than You," one of the album's best examples of its social conscience and satirical bite.

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