Valle’s fourth original recording for Far Out – features standout compositions including the instant classic ‘Vamos Sambar’, the infectious jazz of ‘Baião Maracatú’, and the stunning duets and brass of ‘Papo De Maluco’. Valle’s soft scatting on the floaty ‘Arranca Toco’; cinematic orchestral ‘Novo Acorde’; and rich psych incidentals show that Valle is as creatively inspired – by Rio, music, and a lifetime of travel touring the globe – as he ever was as the original Ipanema beach poet. Produced by Daniel Maunick (son of Bluey, Incognito); recorded, mixed, and co- produced by David Brinkworth (Harmonic 33); and with Marcos’ unparalleled arrangements, aided by horn and string arrangements by Jesse Sedoc Vocals, Valle is brought back with a widescreen bang.
One of the second-wave of early bossa nova composers, following in the footsteps of Gilberto and Jobim, he is “the man who punched Marlon Brando and made millions”. Responsible for the bossa classic ‘Summer Samba (So Nice)’, written by the 21-year-old Valle as a tribute to the joys of life as a Rio surfer, it is the one bossa nova tune apart from "The Girl from Ipanema" that everyone knows. Made into a hit by Walter Wanderley in 1967, the song has been covered by hundreds of artists. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, Marcos began writing songs with his brother Paulo Sergio (who wrote lyrics to two tracks on ‘Estática’). As his reputation grew, he released his debut album 'Samba Demais' for EMI Brazil. It was his first release on Verve however that brought him well-deserved fame, 'Samba '68' becoming a Brazilian musical landmark thanks to tracks such as 'Batucada' and 'Crickets Sing for Anamaria'. The early-seventies spawned two Valle masterpiece’s, ‘Garra’ and ‘Vento’, which combined the “cosmic expansion of Pink Floyd with the orchestral sweep of Ennio Morricone” MOJO. From there Valle has written brilliant album after another and was even commissioned to provide the equivalent of the USA Moss/OZ magic for the Brazilian edition of Sesame Street.
“Beach-boy bossa still the business…(an) exceptional slice of modern Rio.” MOJO ****
“Fun, sexy, synthy tunes leave you wanting more, which is why Valle is still a relevant force today” Metro ****
“Complex, cinematic arrangements and lounge friendly motifs…it’s a definite grower.” The Independent
“One of the best Brazilian albums of the last year. Awarded the number one world music album of 2010” Written In Music *****
“Marcos Valle’s finest work since he hooked up with Far Out Recordings over a decade ago. Essential late summer listening” Echoes Magazine
“Estatica treads new ground with a combination of brass, strings and the occasional electronic trickery that gives the album a very cinematic yet contemporary feel” Shook
Jungle Drums ****
“Valle’s reach is far greater than being one of the most accomplished musicians in his country’s history” National Geographic
“One of the most listenable collections of original samba-derived songs in quite some time” Sounds & Colours
“He’s back for Far Out Recordings from Brazil the one and only Marcos Valle” Gilles Peterson [BBC Radio 1]