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Sem Nostalgia

Sem Nostalgia by Lucas Santtana
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Mais Um Discos
In his attempt to escape the long shadow of deified Brazilian guitarists, Lucas Santtana seemingly offers the forefathers of bossa nova a discursive back of the hand. Not the least bit nostalgic, this 2009 release caught smart Brazilian ears with high-tech splices, digital samples and songs that weave in enough reggaeton swagger to make a cocktail-sipping Jobim obsessive nervous. In its delayed U.S. release two years later, it still sounds restless and refreshingly schizophrenic.
Nate Cavalieri