Thievery Corporation Saudade on LP
Thievery Corporation, one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene, is pleased to announce the release of their seventh studio album, Saudade, their first record devoted entirely to the Brazilian-born genre that first connected the duo. The album will be released on their own ESL Music label.
Saudade borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning “a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence.” Drawing influence from classic Brazilian performers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá - along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena - Saudade achieves its delicate yet deeply sensuous sound with the help of more than a dozen guest musicians.
Although Thievery Corporation stay true to traditional bossa nova’s elegant fusion of samba and jazz all throughout Saudade, the album is rich with strange and wonderful flourishes that revel in the duo’s hyper-inventive tendencies. Opening with the dusky “Décollage,” Saudade glides from the smoldering and string-drenched “Quem Me Leva” to the hushed and mysterious “Sola In Citta” (an Italian-sung nod to the legendary sound tracks of Ennio Morricone, featuring Wurlitzer electric piano by Enea Diotaiuti) to the sweetly ethereal “No More Disguise” (a dream-like piece laced with orchestral strings and bolero rhythms).
With the instrumental title track serving as its gently stunning centerpiece, Saudade also offers the sultry and spacey “Claridad” (a swaying Latin number propelled by analog organ beats) and the French lullaby of “Le Coeur” (featuring the sublime saxophone work of Frank Mitchell, Jr.). And on the final track “Depth of My Soul,” Shana Halligan delivers a haunting vocal performance that merges with the song’s swirling symphonic soundscape to hypnotic effect.
With each track sung by one of five female vocalists (including longtime Thievery cohort LouLou Ghelichkhani, newcomer Elin Melgarejo, Nouvelle Vague singer Karina Zeviani, Argentine chanteuse Natalia Clavier, and former Bitter:Sweet singer/songwriter Shana Halligan), the endlessly mesmerizing album also features such guests as U.N.K.L.E. drummer Michael Lowery, Argentine singer/songwriter Federico Aubele, and master Brazilian percussionist Roberto Santos.
“We always try to progress into something different and stretch our musical chops, and taking a whole album to dive into this one sound seemed like a really great way to do that,” says Eric Hilton. Adds Rob Garza: “It’s a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots, this is what brought us together. It’s us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter.”
Thievery Corporation Saudade Track Listing:
1. De´collage feat. LouLou Ghelichkhani
2. Meu Nego feat. Karina Zeviani
4. Firelight feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani
5. Sola In Citta feat. Elin Melgarejo
6. No More Disguise feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani
8. Claridad feat. Natalia Clavier
9. Nos Dois feat. Karina Zeviani
10. Le Coeur feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani
11. Para Sempre feat. Elin Melgarejo
12. Bateau Rouge feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani
13. Depth of My Soul feat. Shana Halligan