James Orr Complex - Com Favo (4 stars)

James Orr Complex - Com Favo

(Rock Action)

BRAZILIAN MATH-FOLK BLUES

Having relocated to São Paulo, Christopher Mack’s follow up to Chori’s Bundle doesn’t immediately suggest any discernable favella-sourced inspiration. Indeed, there is nothing immediate about what might be mistaken for another Glaswegian finger-plucking, string-bending workshop. Thus Com Favo sets out with more folky-blues guitar, fittingly complex structures and intermittent, contrary and barely-there vocals. Only as the songs progress do the occasional Latin percussion and rabeca sneak forward in the mix to hint at Brazilian folk influence alongside Nascimento-esque wordless vocals. To dismiss the album on sixth listen might be easy and understandable but would be to miss a trick. A grower.

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