Two collections of this Brazilian post-punk appear during the same month, and it seems almost like someone just made it up, like the punchline to a joke about music elitists-- "These days I'm mostly into Brazilian post-punk." Then again, the reissue cottage industry has thrived on tracing the way familiar Western genres were circulated and re-imagined across the rest of the planet. Garage and punk could offer a DIY template for Japanese or Indian kids to get moving; psychedelic rock could swim out to Turkey and Thailand and collide with the "exotic" sounds it was already imitating; even the instant-globalism of dance music is constantly spitting out regional variants, from Israeli trance to baile funk.
And, as baile funk demonstrates, Brazil is a natural for mixing a variety of sounds, with a seriously musical culture that's already built on a constantly-shifting amalgam of influences -- African, Iberian, indigenous, "Western." The decades leading up to this music saw the country swing from idealistic technocracy to military dictatorship and back, from national feuds about the electric guitar's corruption of domestic pop to centralized national-culture projects to apparent freedom-- what better moment for this stuff to land?