Though this is under her own name, former Mutantes chanteuse Rita Lee is accompanied here on her second solo release by both Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias, making this almost a Mutantes album in disguise, though stylistically, this is quite distinct from the madcap Candy-And-A-Current-Bun Carnaby Street whimsy that defined Mutantes seminal 60's tropicalia recordings. This isn't to suggest that "Hoje E O Primeiro..." is any less fried than Mutantes. On the contrary, it's absolutely riddled with tweaky acid treatments, but their deployment occurs is a qualitatively distinct manner to that of Mutantes, limning the seams of the superficially straightforward seeming; subtly and steadily deforming the contents from the outside in with nagging lunacy at the fringes and ass-backward lunges of nuttiness at the most unexpected intervals. A sick masterpiece thats managed to mystifyingly slip under most hepster's radars 'til now, steeping yourself in this one is a prerequisite for anyone attempting to come to grips with Brazil's countercultural musical legacy.
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