Apollo Nove Res Inexplicata Volans

Apollo Nove Res Inexplicata Volans
The debut disc of Sao Paulo’s Apollo Nove strikes a lovely balance between electronics and earthiness. Res Inexplicata Volans is a very experimental disc, but couched in a down-tempo atmosphere that recalls and far surpasses the best work of Thievery Corporation. Taking major cues from Tropicalia, ’60s lounge/exotica records and ’70s soul, this disc trips through all of its musical ingredients with constantly changing spatial effects and the abstract delays. "Mr. Right Now” starts with Cibelle coyly asking the listener if they’re the one for her: it soon becomes apparent that the lyrics are unfinished, which draws the listener in even more, expecting some sort of resolution. Unfinished lyrics and the use of first takes within these carefully crafted sonic suites add energy to what might otherwise be a sleepy listening experience. One of the best elements of this mix is its remarkable Hammond organ work — it purrs and menaces over Joao Parahyba’s understated, rolling beats with extreme tonal variety. Seu Jorge’s turn on "Ensaboar Voce” is a highlight of his career so far; few listeners of either sex will be able to resist his erotic, brazen plea to soap you up over an Al Green-like backing track punctuated with sick synth stabs. The album’s sole misstep is a silly bossa version of AC/DC’s "Rocker,” but otherwise, this is a captivating disc.

How did the title track with Rita Lee (of Os Mutantes) come about? Didn’t she take a turn towards pop/rock during the ’80s? But these were just records, it’s not the person. She’s exactly the same person from those Mutantes records we always heard. She wants to do exotic and experimental things to her bass, but if she does a commercial album, she sells millions. I can see she’s a bit fed up with all that now and is coming to terms with the creative person she is. She’s more towards going insane and experimental again.

One of the best aspects of this album is the Hammond organ playing. Can you tell me about the musician? I found (Juarez Santana) at a restaurant! He’s 75 to 80 years old and played with Peixoto, who is like our Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey of the ’40s. He plays with the Hammond in a way I’ve never seen before — with the draw-bars constantly so it’s never the same sound. He would listen to the songs once and he would (only need) one take — we recorded all the Hammonds in a three hour session! He’s eager to tour with us, even play with Logic on a laptop if I give him one. (Crammed)