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Beautify Junkyards — The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards (16th Feb., 2018)

Beautify Junkyards — The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards (16th Feb., 2018) Beautify Junkyards — The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Genre: acid folk tropicalia
Album release: 16th February, 2018
Record Label: Ghost Box
Duration:     49:50
01. Ghost Dance   4:37
02. Sybil´s Dream   3:29
03. Prism   4:11
04. Half Marble   3:56
05. Golden Apples Of The Sun   4:04
06. Echo Chamber   1:16
07. Manhã Tropical   1:11
08. Aquarius   3:39
09. Shelter   4:21
10. Cabeça~Flor   3:31
11. Claridade   3:28
12. Sorceress   2:46
13. The Masque Of The Hidden Garden   4:04
14. May Day Eve   3:37
15. Trackways   1:40
♠   Lisbon’s Beautify Junkyards effortlessly blend their love of English Acid Folk and Brazilian Tropicalia in a collection of songs that conjure up a warm and verdant faerie world. Delicate acoustic guitars evoke an autumnal England suffused with Iberian heat by other~worldly voices; the ethereal lilt of João Branco Kyron and the warm languor of Rita Vian. The production is tempered with a haunted electronic palette that anchors the band squarely in the world of Ghost Box. Their sound is further enhanced by newest member Helena Espvall ( formerly of Espers) on guitar and cello. With João Moreira on acoustic guitar and synth, Sergue Ra on bass and Antonio Watts on drums they are altogether an astonishingly talented group of people.
♠   „Anything but invisible, it’s a bewitching album that you’ll warm to immediately.“ — Electronic Sound
♠   „Deep in the woods glows a masterpiece from Beautify Junkyards.“ — Prog Magazine
♠   „...an album that will live long in the hearts of the listener.“ — Strange Brew
♠   „Atmospheric, immersive, and arcane, The Invisible World Of Beautify Junkyards is a record out of time.“ — Shindig
♠   „...a beautifully~packaged helping of 21st century acid~folk at its headiest.“ — Record Collector
♠   „Effortlessly blending English acid folk and Brazilian tropicalia, you may find yourself transported to another world via this sparkling new release... Brava!“ — The Big Takeover
♠   „The record unfolds with new layers of rippling beauty with each listen.“ — Raven Sings the Blues
♠   „So slowly has the Ghost Box family grown, and so rarely do artists get to become part of the label’s small roster, that each new arrival comes with an implied certificate of authenticity. So it is with Portugal’s Beautify Junkyards, who after a 45 entry in the Other Voices series last year, here present their third album of spacey acid~folk. The combo treads delicately through 15 percussive, pastoral tracks, singing sometimes in English, sometimes in Portuguese. Indeed, the ability to understand the lyrics feels unimportant. Nor are acoustic instruments always to the fore — in fact a good deal of the texture of the LP comes from a deftly~wielded electronic palette, and the thing Beautify Junkyards undoubtedly do best is marry those two worlds in a satisfyingly seamless way. Atmospheric, immersive, and arcane, The Invisible World Of.. is a record out of time and as such a natural fit on Ghost Box.“ — Christopher Budd, Shindig
♠≡     There’s something unusually special lurking in the opulent psychedelic foliage of this third album from Lisbon’s Beautify Junkyards; their first for Ghost Box. The band first appeared on Fruits de Mer in 2012 covering Nick Drake’s From The Morning and his lazy riverbank soliloquys could provide one reference point. But so could a surface resemblance to peak Incredibles, Forest or Dr Strangely Strange. Still, these comparsions swiftly become just essences swirling in a cauldron stirred from their own evocative visions, as previously honed on their self~titled debut album and 2015’s celestial The Beast Shouted Love.
♠≡     The band’s versatility is demonstrated by the vocal interplay between keyboardist Joao Branco and Rita Vian (occasionally singing in Portuguese) swooping over shimmering backdrops created by Joao Moreira’s mountain stream guitar, Sergue Ra’s earth’s core bass, Antonio Watts’ disparate percussion and Helena’s Espuall’s autumnal cello, enhanced by tropicalia rhythms and the icy strings and flute of a Mellotron on Ghost Dance and others.
♠≡     Tracks like the sinister The Masque Of The Hidden Garden, spoken word tapestry Half Marble and cello~coated instrumental Golden Apples Of The Sun reinforce this beautifully~packaged helping of 21st century acid~folk at its headiest.
Bandcamp: https://beautifyjunkyards.bandcamp.com/
Label: https://ghostbox.co.uk/

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