Two months ago Brazil’s most fêted indie act ever, Cansei de Ser Sexy, showed up in most of the high-end publications around wearing self-made Sharpie-written T-shirts that unveiled the title of their forthcoming third studio album, La Liberación (out August 22nd). Recorded at their own studio in Sao Paolo, the 11-track album also marks CSS’ first release for V2 Records. The band will be releasing the new album’s first single, “Hits Me Like A Rock,” next month, but a remix by LA’s moombahton hero Dillon Francis has stumbled onto the web, giving us the first glimpse of the band’s breezy arsenal.
Despite always sounding fresh, CSS’ career has been a hit-or-miss, and this hints modest at best. Bandleader Lovefoxxx gives it her best at dancefloor sentiment, but nothing really steps out of middling dance-pop squiggles. Of course, we’ll still have to wait for a final deliberation once the proper single shows up. If the album’s title is some kind of implication that they’ve escaped from their flamboyant trademark, then I’m excited. With collaborations from Ratatat, Primal Screams’ Bobby Gillespie, and Aladdin Sane’s Mike Garson, it seems like CSS won’t be dropping the party-starter qualities anytime soon. If they do, we’ll always have Erick Rincon to save our day.