On his debut album, Caetano's son Moreno Veloso emerges as one of Brazil's most skilled electronica artists, although like Gilberto he tempers the technology to fit his needs. Super-deep, nearly subsonic bass anchors gentle acoustic ballads, while short-wave trills percolate behind the scenes of the heavier, rock-flavored numbers. Veloso's subtlety and self-assurance are astonishing for a first-time artist. Clearly, his lineage has a lot to do with it: In addition to a remarkable vocal similarity, Moreno inherits his father's all-inclusive, cannibalistic pop aesthetic.
But while Caetano -- who's currently pushing 60 -- struggled to absorb electronic music, Moreno's generation grew up with remixes in the air, and his easygoing appropriation of synthetic stylings feels much more natural and relaxed. Like New York art-rocker Arto Lindsay, Moreno weaves beautifully layered bossa mutations, incorporating rock, funk, and Afro-Brazilian percussion.
A duet with Daniel Jobim, grandson of the great bossa nova composer Tom Jobim, closes the album. The two join in a whispered, affectionate version of "I'm Wishing" (from Sleeping Beauty), raising the prospect of a sambadelic Wilson Phillips but also forming a bridge back to the high-class roots of Brazilian pop. Music Typewriter is testament to Veloso's family tree, and stands as one of this year's most skillfully arranged, poetically intoxicating records.