CIRCLE IN ROUND

João de Bruçó & R.H. Jackson – Here We Go Again
From João de Bruçó & R.H. Jackson – Caracol
Released on Fonopress Inústria Fonográfica, 1989, Brazil 

Very little is known about either João de Bruçó or R.H. Jackson who produced one of the most singular records we ever heard from Brazil, and we regret that this kind of South-American answer to K. Leimer & Marc Barreca‘s seminal album, The Neo-Realist (At Risk) was not followed by other material by this two musicians. Indeed, João de Bruçó recorded music as a sideman percussionist with major experimental musicians such as Roedelius while R.H. Jackson produced several Indie Rock bands from Brazil in the 1990’s, but it seems that they never collaborated after Caracol.

Here We Go Again is an astonishing illustration of the richness of the musicians’s sound. The  industrial rhythm pattern which gives structure to the song is a lot less simple than it seems : once you really pay attention to it, it becomes an aggregate of metallic percussions  and sound effects.

The patchwork of sounds, which prevents « Here We Go Again » from going in a straight direction, reminds of sample-based landmark albums My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and Savant‘s LP, however Caracol is much more than a Brazilian tribute to these records : each song is a unique trip down the spiral, exploring traditional musical elements from Brazil.

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