November 25, 2016

Bola Sete - Ocean, 1975

Swooning solo guitar. Sete’s fingerpicking is some of the best ever, and this release catches him at a particularly special moment: his samba, bossa nova, and jazz roots are out in full effect, but this was his first release on John Fahey’s label Takoma, and Fahey’s influence shows. Ocean dabbles in folk (seemingly from multiple traditions) and has that same expansiveness that marks much of Fahey’s work—music that, at the risk of sounding trite, seems to slip outside of time.

Side note: for those in New York, I'll be doing a guest set of Japanese pop heavy hitters with Evan Neuhausen on WNYU (89.1 FM) tonight at 7:30. Spoiler alert: there will be bird sounds.


  1. Listening to the radio show now. Could you write playlist please and I think your blog is interesting. Keep up the good posts. Thanks.

    1. hi merrill, happy you're enjoying! the playlist is archived here: cheers!

  2. this is one of my all-time favorite albums. not much compares to "ocean waves (o mar)"