Cultural Bulletin
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In Review: Caçador do Futuro - Tropa Macaca

Record Label: Dunno Recordings


'Instrumental Music is supposed to be a-semantic' states the accompanying text on Dunno Recordings Bandcamp page for Tropa Macaca’s latest album Caçador do Futuro, a follow up to 2016’s fantastic VIVA. The term a-semantic in this context can be understood as being self-evident, in and of itself - not a story. These precursive ideas link nicely with what is, in essence, a head-melting record, layered densely and promising no answers.

Caçador do Futuro is reminiscent of sound art, in which the matter of fact presentation aids the impression that it could have happened all at once, starkly lit in a room upstairs or in a basement art gallery somewhere. Considered as art objects, they hold an opaqueness in their abstraction and indifference in their unwillingness to please. Reminiscent of Cluster and Throbbing Gristle’s more dissonant work, it is ground well-trodden yet presented with their signature dose of eternally collapsing rhythms and scraping disharmony. Split across two long-form tracks (PART 1 and PART 2) spanning 45 minutes in total, Caçador do Futuro builds and moves subtly with around 4 things happening at all times. There is a bleakness and disorientating sickness to the overall experience - something akin to a panic attack or mental collapse. If those things aren’t happening in your life, the record can be sort-of meditated to and observed, as if looking at an impenetrable piece of conceptual art or something banally grotesque. Despite the meaning shaped void that exists, the record provides no escapism, it instead serves as a kind of one size fits all soundtrack for whichever way your life is falling apart. All the best.