“Sonic provocateur Santtana subjects (bossa nova) to an adventurous, discordant deconstruction, employing every acoustic and electronic means at his disposal…”
The Telegraph, August 2011
“Sambas laced with samples, a reggae-tinged instrumental, droll songs in English, dub-trickery… Santtana’s innovative approach makes for a refreshing excursion” The Observer, August 2011
We are proud to announce our debut artist album – Lucas Santtana’s ‘Sem Nostalgia’ – released in the UK on 29th August,
Describing by The Wire magazine as an artist characterised by his “restless cosmopolitanism”, Lucas Santtana is one of the most interesting, dynamic and experimental singer-songwriter-producers from the ‘new generation’ of South American electro-acoustic musicians.
On ‘Sem Nostalgia’ Lucas has used only guitars, voices and ambient sound processed via samplers, pedals, filters and non-conventional recording techniques to re-imagine the sonic possibilities of these instruments and create a haunting, disorientating and forward thinking modern electro-acoustic masterpiece.
Partly inspired by João Gilberto’s ‘Chega De Saudade’ – an album that laid down the foundation for bossa nova on its release in 1959 – with ‘Sem Nostalgia’ Lucas has torn up the bossa nova rulebook to bring this tradition slap bang into the 21st century. ‘Sem Nostalgia’ is available to buy from our store now – initial copies come with a bonus “Voices and Guitars” mix featuring tracks that influenced the album.
Equal parts Thom Yorke and Tom Zé, Lucas was discovered by Tropicalistas and fellow Bahians Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso in his early twenties, he toured with them both in the mid 90s, and their eclectic style is also one of Santtana’s trademarks. He subsequently worked with musical mavericks Chico Science (Nação Zumbi) and Arto Lindsay (his current song-writing partner), and at the turn of the century released his debut album ‘Eletro Ben Dodô’, followed in 2003 by ‘Parada de Lucas’. Both these albums saw Lucas successfully experiment with Brazilian styles via mainly electronic processes and were warmly received in and outside of Brazil. In 2006 he released ‘3 Sessions In A Greenhouse’; a fusion of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, samba, rock, funk and dub it saw him come to the fore as a songwriter, crafting memorable hooks within an experimental framework – a sound he has perfected on ‘Sem Nostalgia’.
Lucas will tour Europe this October and November – dates to be announced soon…