How To Loot Brazil – ‘Joy to Be Had’

Album #9 from German band How To Loot Brazil continues their penchant for eclectic stylistic pursuits and hooky charisma. The German band have engaged with their creative, DIY ethos for 17 years of existence, and continue with the catching Joy to Be Had — unveiling a memorable blend of electro-pop and indie rock pursuits, inspired by an audible love for the ’80s, post-punk, and Riot Girl aesthetical realms.

Whirring synth effects and a confident vocal vigor compel on the opening track “Valley Girls,” impressing with its climactic build. The sporadic percussive elements converge with a loopy bass sensation and bouncy synths for an infectious drive throughout. “New People” follows with more contagious melodic appeal, as lyrics admit “something’s wrong me, I cannot explain,” following the experience of coming home after meeting new people. The album’s opening one-two punch dazzles in its punchy synth/guitar interplay and ferociously melodic vocals.

Joy to Be Had continues with its high-quality assortment of successes from there. “Tons of Entertainment” consumes especially with its dreamy synth-pop escalation into slabs of guitar-rock spirit, wholly embracing the ’80s vibe, while “Bluebells & Daisies” impresses with a more angular, shout-y rock passion. Joy to Be Had presents an eclectic, strongly rewarding listening experience with ample melodic twists and turns.

“New People” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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