Every once in a while, a song comes along that flattens you. The
kind of song that make you pull the car over, turn the engine off and
wrench up the volume. Right now, Gui Boratto's 'Beautiful Life' i
s that song.
Gui Boratto is a Brazilian architect/musician/composer/producer and his
new album 'Chromophobia' will likely be the first you've heard of
Brazilian electronic music. In short, it's bliss.
'Beautiful Life' is the album's clear standout, the kind of song that's
as much pure pop as it is electronic. As the female vocal repeats,
'What a beautiful life, what a beautiful life', Boratto brings a
heartbeat to the often metronomic precision of synthesizers, lifting
them up euphorically as the song builds in pulsing, melodic
waves. Running at over eight minutes, you might imagine things
dragging on too long. But as the beat whirrs to a close, you'll be
reaching for the repeat button, wishing that the 'Beautiful Life' would
never end. By Nick Christie