Courtesy of Rozenblit/Time Lag Records
Lula Cortes, from the cover of his album Rosa De Sangue.
Lula Cortes, from the cover of his album Rosa De Sangue. Courtesy of Rozenblit/Time Lag Records
The influential musician died this weekend. Hear his music and more 1970s Brazilian psych-rock in this list, originally published on Aug. 7, 2008.
Like many people entranced by the wonders of Brazil's tropicalia movement, I discovered Os Mutantes, Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso first. I listened to the early tunes, produced by maestros such as Rogerio Duprat. As I kept digging, I found Arthur Verocai and his sublime self-titled album.
Finally, all the way down the rabbit hole, I came to Recife, in northeastern Brazil, where in the 1970s a scene coalesced around a musician named Lula Cortes. A hazier, sun-drenched offshoot of the psychedelic rock scene happening around the world at the time, the movement created a handful of labels that recorded, produced and distributed some of the most beautiful music I've ever stumbled across. It's perfect for hot summer nights.