Domenico+2, Sincerely Hot

Brian Cullman

By Brian Cullman

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Quietly, but firmly dragging Brazil’s Tropicalia into the future.

Domenico Plus 2 is the second part of a trilogy of albums by Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano), drummer Domenico Lancellotti and Kassin. Moreno's album, Moreno Plus Two, came out in 2000, and Kassin's Plus Two album, Futurismo, came out in Brazil in 2006 — judging by Domenico & Moreno's albums, it's worth waiting for. The drummer and percussionist of the trio, Domenico mixes electronica and drum n'bass grooves with fractured samba and bossa nova rhythms and adds light, double-tracked vocals that seem as natural and effortless as the beats themselves. “Solar,” “Aeroporto 77″ and “Possibilidade” are particularly lovely, but that's just for starters. There's a sense of ease and naturalness to the lovely bass lines, the keyboard jabs and the finely picked guitars, and the melodies have the soaring inevitability of Milton Nascimento's tunes circa “Cluba da Esquina.” Without fuss or fanfare the Plus Twos have quietly, firmly dragged Brazil's Tropicalia into the future.