Arto Lindsay

Time stands still for no artist, so to compare ARTO LINDSAY’s new record Mundo Civilizado (Bar None) to his work twenty years ago might seem unproductive if not banal. Yet in Lindsay’s case, the evolution is fascinating: he seems to have changed species altogether. In his ca. 1980 trio DNA, Lindsay tortured and influential guitar corruptions were dubbed “skronk” by critic Robert Christgau in an inspired onomatopoeia; his vocalizations emulated those of Jimi Hendrix at the moment of his death. Now, on Mundo Civilizado, the m.o. is an enthrallingly sexy balladry influenced by samba, Gilberto Gil, the Beatles, and Prince.

Lindsay had earlier incorporated the music of Brazil, where he was raised, into his repertoire with the Ambitious Lovers, with mixed success. Mundo Civilizado drops the vestiges of skronk altogether for a graceful update of ’60s Tropicalismo, stripping it down and giving it

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