[56] Waldemar Bastos – Pretaluz

2 May

Warm and poetic, romantic and beautifully textured, Pretaluz is a triumph.













Filled with intricate guitar work, thrumming rhythms and plaintive vocals there is always something that catches the ear throughout these nine tracks, each one more memorable than the next.

The album is seemingly a love note to war torn Angola, sung from Bastos’ adopted home of Portugal, and the fusion of African Pop rhythms with Portugese fado heartache is uniquely engaging. Most tracks have an organic, acoustic sound grounded in classical guitar and conga drums. Both the musicianship and production are flawless.

And then – as a screaming electic guitar solo suddenly wails through the sadness in “Minha Familia” – the album is elevated even further, lifted on rock wings to a whole new level.

While it has been the Jazz exploration that has most moved me so far along this journey, I believe it has been Tom Moon’s World choices that have most surprised me. They have held my hand tightly as they lead me far from my comfort zone and reveal new horizons, new soundscapes.

It is easy to recommend the universal sound – created by combining multiple unrelated musical traditions – of Waldemar Bastos, at once modern and ancient, unfamiliar but quickly integrated, even to the point that songs like “Kuribota” and “Kanguru” take the place of more established earworms.

I find myself singing them in the shower, humming them walking down the street, and I am glad of it.

More than most of the acclaimed and astounding recordings encountered to date on The List, Pretaluz is one that should be sought out and explored, examined, enjoyed . . . before you die.

Next Week: Batacumbele – Con Un Poco De Songo

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 56. 4%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 56. 7%)
Recommend? Yes. (44 of 56. 79%)


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