BLASFEMEA Galaxia Tropicalia (La Lisbonera)
Originally released outside the U.S. in the fall of 2009 but now available here (and as a download), Galaxia
Tropicalia assembles a quartet of young, handsome, and talented Portugal-based musicians for their debut full-length CD — a psychedelic journey through original (mostly) ’80s-styled indie-electropop and angsty throwback Brit rock. If Portugal ever wanted a “fab four” of its own, Blasfemea is it. Influenced as much by The Cure as by Oasis, New Order, and the guitarra portuguesa and fado of its homeland, Blasfemea doesn’t hesitate to cut right to the inspiration and purpose for its music: girls. Blasfemea’s songs have always been named after members of the opposite sex (“Maria,” “Kaede,” etc). Iberian dance rock making a big splash on American shores might seem like a stretch, but these boys are mighty flexible — both vocally and instrumentally. Tracks like “Eva” and “Victoria” are nightclub anthems just waiting to be unleashed in stateside Latin-mash-up dance mixes, and singers Tiago Amaro and Fabio Jevelim do their best Liam Gallagher impressions throughout, making the album accessible to fans of sneering Manchester pop rock and classic house music alike. “Ida,” featuring British new wave/punk revivalists Dead Kids, is the album’s golden moment. Michael Jackson’s die-hard disciples should steer clear of the Blasfemea cover of the King of Pop’s “Dirty Diana.” While it’s not awful, to some, it could be considered premature — if not a bit blasphemous. — Rob DeWalt
Blasfemea doesn’t hesitate
to cut right to the inspiration and
purpose for its music: girls.