A lucid dream meeting of synth waves, aquatic jazz spirits and drum-triggered electronics. ‘Linha D'Água’ translates as ‘water lines’, fitting for an album that traces boundaries between water and air through an echo chamber of dizzying oceanic layers and free flowing ideas.
This is not a record based on genres. It’s an album that navigates through atmospheres, through explorations and discoveries, through curiosity and dialogue. The eight tracks were recorded in a single day in the studio, but it is the result of more than two years of collaborations.
Mauricio Takara and Carla Boregas are two towering figures of the Brazilian underground/experimental scene, where they provide the rhythm section for demented genre-bending trio Rakta. While that band is all ritual percussion and red-blooded passion, as a duo they’re a blue-water flowing counterpoint. From the drums, Takara fires melodies and, with the synthesizer, Carla sculpts the sound. The result is caught somewhere between abstract improvisation and propulsive rhythm. Each song’s an organic layering of manipulated synthesizers and acoustic sounds; teasing new rhythms from the drum kit via MIDI (and a near-telekinetic bond between Carla and Mauricio).
Sometimes ‘Linha D'Água’ drifts closest to ambient music, as in the title track, in ‘Mãe D'Ouro’ and ‘Bocca Chiusa’; sometimes it runs into free jazz, as in ‘Traçado Entre Duas Linhas’. There are moments when Carla and Mauricio explore a universe of tension that comes closest to the cosmic music of 70s Germany, as in ‘Rosa de Areia’ and ‘Constante de Distância’; in others they evoke the metallic sounds of Indonesian gamelan (on ‘Execution’).
Carla Boregas is a founding member of the band Rakta, which started in 2011. She co-founded Auta, a DIY space dedicated to adventurous music in São Paulo hosting artists like Feminine Hi-Fi and Deafkids. She is also part of the transdisciplinary duo Fronte Violeta.
Mauricio Takara also plays drums/percussion with the bands Hurtmold and São Paulo Underground (with trumpeter Rob Mazurek from Chicago). Takara has played with a dizzying array of improv / experimental / jazz figures such as Pharoah Sanders, Damo Suzuki, Yusef Lateef, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Naná Vasconcelos, Prefuse 73, Makoto Kawabata and more.