Holy Brazilian indie-pop!
Tulipa Ruiz is one of the top young artists from São Paulo boldly pushing Brazilian rock and pop in progressive directions, and she just did something unthinkable and awesome: she released her sophomore album, Tudo Tanto, completely 100 percent for free online
Plenty of wannabees and up-and-comers are giving away their music all over the internet these days but Tulipa really didn’t have to. Her first disk, Efêmera, was an indie hit in Brazil, and she’s been anointed as one of the leading voices of the next generation.
The album is really excellent, touching heavily on the novo-tropicalia pysch-rock vibes we’ve been seeing a lot from Brazil lately (see: Both Céu and Bonde de Rôle’s new album, for example). There’s lots of underwater tremolo surf guitars, whirring organs, and funky beats on display, but the album hits other notes as well. At times, Tulipa recalls Regina Spektor’s up-in-the-clouds sound; at others, she’s downright Bjork-ish. And there’s an added treat: alt-rapper Criolo has a feature on Víbora, a bluesy, string-laden gem of a track.