Until a few years ago, Luca Santtana was recognized as one of the pioneers in the exploration of electro sounds and effects in Brazil. And then Brazil changed. Jair Bolsonaro’s belching has created new discrimination, police violence, and devastation in the Amazon.
The urgency of this situation pushed the singer to change register and style, two years ago with a new album, “O céu é velho há muito tempo” (in English, The sky is old for a very long time). To the violence of the tone, to the vociferations of the time, Lucas Santtana, only accompanied by a guitar, will oppose the intimate murmur of the bossa nova and the subtle phrasing of a Joao Gilberto. A softness that contrasts with the uncompromising lyrics denouncing the fascism of the Brazilian president, in support of the LGBT communities and the Indian populations of Amazonia. Lucas Santtana is directly in the great lineage of his tropicalist elders who challenged the dictatorship of the 60s. The singer takes again besides one of the flagship slogans of these years of struggle: “Nobody lets go of the hand”, without doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of this album. The message is strong, but full of hope: O melhor há de chegar, the best is yet to come, also sings Lucas Santtana.
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Lucas Santtana : vocals, guitar
James Muller : percussions
Caetano Malta : keyboards, machines