Forro, dance music from northeastern Brazil, is said to have taken its name from a corruption of English (“for all”) and the idea that this was music for the masses. While this New York group aren't faithful to the genre's traditional sound (for one, bamboo flute and guitar replace the usual accordion lead), they share the sentiment. On Bonfires of Sao Joao, Forro in the Dark satisfy all post-sunset appetites. Exhilarating dance numbers give way to slinkier grooves and breezy lullabies. Serial collaborators David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto and Miho Hatori each find a sound that welcomes their vocals — something for everyone, indeed.
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