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MAIS BAD

Satanique Samba Trio

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.91 | 6 ratings

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siLLy puPPy
4 stars It's hard to believe that the Brazilian SATANIQUE SAMBA TRIO has been around since 2002 and still has the same five members which includes Munha da 7 (electric bass and regency), Gustavo "Don Chavez" Elias (acoustic guitar), Jota Dale (cavaco), Lucas "Sombrio" Muniz (bass clarinet) and Lupa Marques (drums). An unusual feat for a band so weird and outside of the box in their unique approach of mixing it up with rock, forró, samba-jazz, bossa nova, lambada and avant-prog and throwing into a blender and then throwing in a couple ounces of plutonium found at an abandoned reactor somewhere in Rondonia.

The band has caught on at least in the inner circles of those who really crave the weirdest possible and most avant-garde styles of sounds that grace this planet. The band has embarked on some world tours even and has become the darling of avant-jazz-core and in 2019 returns with another twisted and dynamic release called MAIS BAD (Portuguese for "More Bad.") SATANIQUE SAMBA TRIO has changed a bit since it hit the scene with its debut "Misantropicalia" which copped more than a feel of Coil's "Snow EP," but on the next album the band developed one of the most unique sounds in all of the experimental prog world with dizzying hairpin rhythmic turns made all the more roller coaster-esque with incessant time signature frenzies and labyrinthine song structures.

These guys have calmed down a bit in terms of throwing the avant-garde encyclopedia in the blender but still exist in a world well outside of the confines of the established paradigm (that being the Univers Zero, Present, Art Zoyd style of RIO.) MAIS BAD is a short beast hitting a running time of only around 19 minutes but packs in 10 bizarre and strange tracks. Entirely instrumental save a few vocal grunts and weirdnesses, SST has streamlined its sound to be a bit more accessible than in the older days. Now rhythms march in an easily digested linear fashion and don't make the listener feel like they've fallen into a wormhole and ended up inside the digestive track of an organic jukebox of something.

Each track is titled "Badtriptronics" followed by a random number and is rather unique sounding for an SST album. While at first focusing on weirdness for its own sake, now the band has taken on a rather experimental soundtrack quality of playing and recording. The tracks have an interesting production that simulates a bossa nova record from the 50s but teases out the compositions to include a plethora of experimental free-for-alls over the steady rhythmic drive. The music is simultaneously delicate and harsh but mostly surreal as despite the rhythmic drive takes a sort of no wave approach and excels in dissonance, freaky counterpoints and just plain weird avant-prog angularities. The unique mix of electric bass with drums, bass clarinet, acoustic guitar and the Portuguese stringed instrument called a cavaquinho or cavaco keeps it in the world of Brazilian culture only after someone spiked the water supply with who knows what.

MAIS BAD surely won't win over any newbies who haven't already swallowed the Kool-AId from this wild and wacky quintet who sound like they have been adding a little too much sugar in their coffee but for those who enjoy a unique set of punk infused takes on samba based avant-prog then you're in for a treat. This is a band i've been into for a long time and am still amazed at how utterly unique they are for as far as i know no others have attempted this bizarre amalgamation of musical styles so successfully. Not sure what's up with the short releases since the band hasn't had an album over 30 minutes long since 2011's "Bad Trip Simulator #1" but i guess leaving you hungry for more is perhaps the best strategy. Me like! MAIS BAD make mo good!

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |

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