Beautify Junkyards preview ‘Verde Pino’

❉ Ghost Box Records release a new digital only single by Beautify Junkyards on 9 September 2022.

Beautify Junkyards. Photo © Lois Gray 2020

Frustrated by the limited opportunities to play live post pandemic, Beautify Junkyards produced a live performance film in late 2021 entitled Cosmorama Moving Images. Two of the tracks from the movie were selected for a digital single, out next week on 9th September.

The title track is a cover of Nuno Rodrigues’ beautiful 1971 song, Verde Pino. The B side is a rendition of the song Dupla Exposição, taken from their recent Ghost Box album, Cosmorama.

Beautify Junkyards – Verde Pino cover art

Band leader João Branco Kyron explains the choice of song:

“We discovered this hidden pearl through a friend of the band, João Carlos Callixto, who works in the archives of RTP (the Portuguese public service broadcaster). It was written by Nuno Rodrigues from Banda do Casaco, an almost mythical folk band. It was released in 1971 as a single by the singer, Daphne. It has elements of Fairport Convention and Incredible String Band, bands that influenced Banda do Casaco. It gives us enormous pleasure to discover these forgotten old songs and present them to new audiences. We’ve added our personal imprint, introducing electronic instruments & rhythms and the charismatic voice of our new singer, Martinez.”

The music of Beautify Junkyards is a dreamlike fusion of Brazilian Tropicalia, English Psych-folk and contemporary haunted electronica. They are a highly talented group of multi-instrumentalists headed up by João Branco Kyron on vocals and keyboards, Helena Espvall (formerly of Espers) on cello, flute and electric guitar, newest band member Martinez on vocals, João Moreira on acoustic guitar and keyboards, Sergue Ra on bass and Antonio Watts on drums and percussion.

❉ Beautify Junkyards – ‘Verde Pino’ (Ghost Box Records GBXD009) available on Download & Streams from 9th September 2022: Ghost Box Records

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