The music on Lumerê Lumerá is an interesting blend of Berlin and Brazil. Sound strange?
It can be.
However, Anastácia, the Brazilian singer whose talent inspires this album, pulls it off with aplomb.
Hailing from Brazil’s northeastern district of Ceará, Anastácia now resides in Berlin with her husband and musical collaborator, Zé Eugênio. She has studied music at both the State University of Ceará in Brazil and at “Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule” in Berlin. With Lumerê Lumerá she hopes to prove the “new cultural avantgarde” of Berlin and to bring the rhythms of Brazil to the world, in a contemporary manner. I don’t know about the avantgarde nature of Berlin as a world music Mecca, but I do know that the music on “Lumerê Lumerá” is interesting listening.
“Lumerê Lumerá,” as well as being the album’s title, is also the first song, and sets the mood for the album as a whole. The rhythm is Brazilian, the percussion emphasized by a wonderful smattering of piano. Anastácia’s vocals are lovely and oft times sultry, and not only on “Lumerê Lumerá.” I have no idea what she’s singing about on “Ideologie,” but she’s emphatic about it-laid over the almost strolling picking and strumming of a single acoustic guitar, her voice alternates between slow and beautiful and downright emphatic. Twisted onto the end of one line is a line of bluesy significance that surprises the listener. Ultimately, it’s the more laid back songs that win the listener over-her voice is capable of all that she offers on the album, from sultry and slow to fervent and fast, but it’s on the mellower tracks that she truly shines.
The most amazing facet of Lumerê Lumerá is how relaxed one listening can be. The rhythms and the melodies are soothing, and Anastácia’s voice comforting. After a hard day, this is certainly an album that will mend your frayed nerves and piece together your shattered temper.
// Notes from the Road
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