Bonfires of Sao Joao
Released: Nov 2006
Forro in the Dark's early cadre of superstar supporters could have been the kiss of death for this young band. But the New York-based group of expat Brasileiros seems to be holding up under the pressure, releasing a debut that, while rough around the edges, has flashes of brilliance. Among them? David Byrne's otherworldly quaver on the forro standard "Asa Branca" and Bebel Gilberto cooing her way through "Wandering Sparrow." But the album gels best when it embraces its retro undercurrents: Check out the neo-1960s jam "Forrowest" or Miho Hatori's graceful, Bollywood-esque run on "Paraiba."