Perfect easy, early summer evening fare from Brazil's short-lived Liverpool and another historic-fetishistic coup from Shadoks, who seem to be pumping these psyche rarities out at an impressive rate. This one leans soft and persuasive, the jams often more lounge than psyche, and although nothing here screams undiscovered classic there's a very attractive jaunt, roll and slide to the album that lends it a charm distinctly lacking in some of the Shadoks catalogue. We get piano, hammond organ, wah-wah solos and all the staples you'd expect, plus that Bossa Nova lilt that runs through everything like a cool breeze, picking up harmonies and wafting them around the assured arrangements with a tipsy but measured strut. Some of it is so perfectly cocktail blended you can hear the American voice-over advertising a cruise to Hawaii. "Blue Haway" deserves special mention for nothing more than its excellent name, it rolls and swells with the same relaxed accomplishment as most of the record, crystal clear guitar mixing with Bryds-inflected vocals and romantic wah, whilst "Olhai os Lirios Dos Campos" moves with a shuffling groove and a fat overdriven introduction, settling into a dreamy vocal-led creamcake of a song that, like much here, satisfies without being particularly delicious.
The liners provide some enlightening detail about the band and its struggle under dictatorship in the early 70s Brazilian scene, cops raiding shows and even busting the members under a false drugs accusation (although there is a sweet exception to the repressive rule in a story about an enlightened officer) which eventually led to the bands disintegration. All this lends a heavy sense of captured youth and heady intoxication to the already drifting vibes in the music, and whilst this might not be the gem in the ever-expanding Shadoks universe it's certainly worth a few spins poolside. 6/10 -- Evan Rhodes (1 July, 2009)