Global Music Column – December

Juçara Marçal – Delta Estácio Blues

Detroit rapper Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition – his 2016 opus on exorcising inner demons via self-destructive excess – might not seem the most obvious starting point for revered Brazilian singer Juçara Marçal’s latest solo album. But Marçal collaborated with guitarist Kiko Dinucci, also of her São Paulo experimental group Metá Metá, and both musicians were intrigued by Brown’s process of writing his lyrics to ready-made, unpredictable beats, and decided to do the same on Delta Estácio Blues. Starting by building a rhythmic and sparsely melodic foundation, Dinucci and Marçal then began a back-and-forth with songwriting collaborators to produce fleshed-out arrangements, to which they finally added Marçal’s vocals. The finished compositions balance intricate arrangements with an improvisatory feel.

Read the review in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 12/11/21]