The Quiet Ones - The Quiet OnesHumble Recs
You may be familiar with Marc Brown and Chris Franck from their work with the group Smoke City and Da Lata. Each focused on their own solo material before getting back to form The Quiet Ones. Their shared love for African and Brazilian music is spread all over this project. "Ninguem" featuring Carlo Alexandre and Amarina Sena is sublime and filled with sun drenched Brazilian melodies. You're forgiven if you thought for a minute you were listening to Seu Jorge on this track. "I Need Your Love" is filled with psychedelic guitar rhythms. "Malamba" featuring vocalist Sergio Perere is filled with the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of sparkling guitar and percussion. Jordanese vocalist Lama Zakharia is a delight on the exotic "Mawjood". Brown and Franck have assembled musicians from London to Brazil to Senegal. They pay proper respect to the traditions by creating a modern Brazilian gem that's deeply satisfying.
Reg Dancy, 11/20