“It’s a bizarre collision between delicate Brazilian song and filth guitar. Lindsay, clearly enjoying himself in an intimate club, gets full marks for bravely melding two apparently incompatible genres, but the best moments are non-vocal, focused instrumental splatter.”
– Clive Bell, The Wire
The first CD which makes up Encyclopedia of Arto (May 20, Northern Spy) includes the tracks that the legendary Arto Lindsay has chosen from his solo albums of the period between 1996 and 2004, “O Corpo Sutil”, “Mundo Civilizado”, “Noon Chill”, “Prize”, “Invoke” and “Salt”, tracks that he wrote with the likes of Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead), Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Kassin, Vinicius Cantuaria, as well as the faithful Andrés Levin and Melvin Gibbs.
In the second CD there a solo performance of Arto, voice and guitar, a naked, cutting sound where the vocal melodies and the atonal guitar playing manage to epitomize all his “musical poetics”. Besides an unreleased track titled “Pony”, there are tracks from the aforementioned solo albums, including covers of Prince and Al Green, which revolutionize the studio versions recorded on “Mundo Civilizado.” Not to mention unreleased covers by Chico Buarque and also of the tradition of carioca Samba “Maneiras” (lead to success in Brazil by Zeca Pagodinho) and of the Samba Reggae “O Mais Belos Dos Belos” of Bahia.
It’s an Arto world, and the rest of us just live in it…