Luiz e os Louises – “Please Everyone”


The delightful “Please Everyone” is the opening track on Life’s a Cigarette, the new full-length from Brazilian folk/indie rock solo artist Luiz e os Louises. Recalling the likes of Lou Reed and Bob Dylan with a timeless vocal tone and vulnerable folk-forward arrangements, Luiz e os Louises impresses throughout, from quainter folk crooners like “Your World, My World” to the vibrancy of the opening track, which touts a pop-friendly immediacy in addition to its folk foundation, a la Jonathan Richman and Jens Lekman. The “you got to please everyone,” hook plays with replay-friendly allure, diverting just enough from the verses to stand out.

“This is the collection of melodies that have appeared in my mind through the years, before touching any music instrument,” Luiz says of the album. “I later struggled to turn it into an enjoyable physical product, but it is as natural as I can be. I found out about my inspiration later: the things I speak about in the record happened only after I recorded it. That was the most astonishing thing for me.”

Stream the album in full on Spotify.

“Please Everyone” and other memorable tracks released in September can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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