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Café Après-midi: Marine

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The Café Après-midi series defies conventional wisdom -- not only do these idiosyncratic mosaics of bossa nova, soft pop, and cool jazz consistently come together to create a seamless, richly atmospheric listening experience, but with each successive volume compiler Toru Hashimoto seems to dig even deeper into the proverbial crates, discovering a wealth of timeless music that may be rare but is undeniably well done. Although it primarily mines the RCA Brazil catalog, Café Après-midi: Marine also squeezes in a handful of offbeat gems spanning from '60s harmony pop (the Cyrkle's "The Minx") to '80s alt-pop (Fairground Attraction's "The Moon Is Mine"). Still, for bossa aficionados this is one of the richest and deepest volumes in the series, assembling rare bits and overlooked album cuts that sound better in this context than they ever have before. Highlights include Claus Ogerman's "San Juan," Luiza's "Deus Brasileiro," Quire's "Blue Rondo a la Turk," and Quinteto Ternura's "Baby."