I discovered lots of great new sounds on my recent trip to Brazil, but at this moment my favorite find is Cidadão Instigado—a group originally from Fortaleza but now based in Sao Paulo. I’ve found virtually no English-language writing on the band, but this track is taken from the group’s most recent—and, I believe, second—album. It’s difficult to describe—always a good sign—but it conflates all sorts of stuff without being schizophrenic, incoherent, or calculated. There are romantic ballads and weirdly funky jams that make room for Brazilian roots, electro, prog-rock, pop, and, I dunno, more. Since I’ve returned I’ve been alternating this with the last Tom Ze album, Estudano o Pagode—which was released last fall on Trama, and sees domestic release on Luaka Bop in April. They don’t really sound similar, but there’s a vague aesthetic that seems complementary to me. I haven’t heard CI's previous album, but I’ll certainly be tracking it down soon. I can't think of too many reasons why this album shouldn't be a big deal outside of Brazil. If I had heard it last year it almost certainly would've figured into my top 10 of 2005. But you're too smart to ignore killer music just because it doesn't have some hipster imprimatur.