Thievery Corporation, one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene, have announced their seventh studio album, ‘Saudade’, their first record devoted entirely to the Brazilian-born genre Bossa Nova that first connected the duo – timely with this year’s World Cup. The album will be released on 31st March 2014 on their own label ESL Music.
Although the band 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 soundtracks of Ennio Morricone, featuring Wurlitzer electric piano by Enea Diotaiuti) to the sweetly ethereal ‘No More Disguise’ (a dreamlike 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’, Halligan delivers a haunting vocal performance that merges with the song’s swirling symphonic sound
‘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.
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 mesmerising album also features such guests as U.N.K.L.E. drummerMichael 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.”
‘Saudade’ will be released on LP / CD and download.
Pre-order on iTunes HERE