Ed Motta - Behind the Tea Chronicles - 2023 Brasil Funk Rock - Sealed LP
Ed Motta – Behind The Tea Chronicles
Label: Dwitza Music – 0218945MS1, MPS Records – 0218945MS1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 g
Produced for Dwitza Music
Recorded at Rocinante
Additional recordings at Dwitza Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Nolan Shaheed's Recording Studio (Los Angeles, USA), Plymouth Rock Recording Company (Detroit, USA), and Smecky Music Studios (Prague, Czech Republic)
Mixed at Dwitza Studios
Mastered at Classic Master, USA
Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May until September 2022 at Rocinante
Recorded in Los Angeles and Detroit, USA, and Prague, Czech Republic
Ed Motta recorded Glockenspiel & xylophone made by Alves Percussion
Label Code: LC01666
Barcode (Text): 4 029759 189459
Released: Oct 20, 2023
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues, Pop, Stage & Screen
A1 Newsroom Costumers
A3 Safely Far
A4 Gaslighting Nancy
A5 Of Good Strain
B1 Quatermass Has Told Us
B2 Buddy Longway
B3 Shot In The Park
B4 Deluxe Refuge
B5 Tolerance On High Street
The album opens with `Newsroom Customers` and it`s a dreamy soulful almost introspective reflection on life changes with some orchestrated strings sprinkled throughout. We head out on a journey with `Slumberland` which begins with harp-like tones and synths before swaying between a faster pace and a much more laid-back meditative vibe with some sweet backing vocals.
`Safely Far` has a captivating bass line leading us along as Ed sprinkles his soothing vocal shades atop a funky earworm of a track. There`s a kind of late-night romantic feel to `Gaslighting Nancy` although the title would suggest otherwise. It had, for me, that sophisticated jazzy texture that Steely Dan perfected when they put their mind to it.
`Of Good Strain` is a real curve ball with a kind of off kilter waltz like quality about it , a short and fairly whimsical piece. I was left musing on the jazz fusion supergroup Return To Forever when listening to the studious `Quatermass Has Told Us` although it became a little out there with occasional modulated voice fragments on route over some classy solo musicianship.
`Buddy Longway` at only fifty-nine seconds was far too short for me, a brief but wonderfully captivating deviation that had Ed`s understated vocals shared over an acoustic backdrop which included a resonator guitar soundscape. It would appear an incident in a park near where the narrator was staying inspired the jazz funk like `Shot In The Park`.
`Deluxe Refuge` I thought, had a Bossa nova dance like beat and really makes you want to get up and shape a few moves, regardless of the success of such a rash action. There were some delicious percussive and brass segments shared as the track progressed. We enjoy another laid back late night / night club r&b / jazzlike submission with `Tolerance On High Street` which allows enticing snatches of double bass, brass, and brushed drum to be shared as the number evolves.
The album closes out with `Confrere`s Exile` an expansive stripped back composition with piano and vocal that really allows us to appreciate the depth of this singer`s vocal range. There`s a real intensity almost heartbreak about this piece and no better a number to leave us on. [Maximum Volume Music Review]