Negro Leo – Action Lekking (4 stars)

Negro Leo – Action Lekking

Terrific underground pop from Brazil

Negro Leo was among the Brazilian contingent at Glasgow's Counterflows 2015, where he performed with Rio De Janeiro's Chinese Cookie Poets. That set had an angular post-punk feel, but Leo's latest sounds more like a warped update of tropicalia, as he rants tunefully over spirited acoustic guitar and a rhythm section that sounds like a free jazz damaged Os Mutantes. Wonky electronics and falsetto outbursts add to the album's mind-warping appeal. A terrific underground pop album, infusing the weirder side of Caetano Veloso and Jards Macalé with the outsider spirit of Syd Barrett and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

Out now on QTV.

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