Reflector #17: Love And Rockets – “Saudade”

An instrumental vaguely evoking the sound of a Portuguese guitar… coupled with synthesizers

“Reflector” is series undertaken by Atlas correspondent David Soares to bring to your attention songs by non-Portuguese bands inspired — in many cases, rather mysteriously — by the westernmost European nation.

Love And Rockets were formed after the dismantling of the legendary gothic rock band Bauhaus with Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins in its ranks, while Peter Murphy embarked on a solo career. Their debut album, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven of 1985, ended with the acoustic “Saudade” an instrumental with what sounds like a 12-string guitar, vaguely evoking the sound of a Portuguese guitar… coupled with synthesizers. Many Portuguese people might actually remember this tune as the theme to the long-standing radio program, “Sete Mares”. On a side note, David J paid us a visit last year with three solo concerts (in Lisbon, Leiria, and Porto).

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