Let’s venture into a different world today…the beauty of Bossa Nova. If you’ve heard the track “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema) then you should be familiar with the snazzy-jazzy Brazillian vibes that encompass Bossa Nova. But, perhaps you don’t know who the brilliant composer behind it was.
Allow me to introduce you to Tom Jobim, the mastermind behind “The Girl From Ipanema” and one of my favorite Bossa Nova tracks, “Waters of March.” He was one of the pioneering artists in the 50s Brazilian jazz era and the evolution of Bossa Nova, and his tracks are timeless staples of jazz history that should be played more often and celebrated.
Every now and then you’ll hear some Bossa Nova on the local jazz stations, but if you truly want to explore the works of Jobim and other Bossa Nova artists, set your Pandora or Spotify station to a radio based off “The Girl From Ipanema.” From the moment you first push play you’ll run across stunning tracks that take you to Brazil, and hopefully you’ll have the chance to fall in love with the snazzy sounds, the beautiful Latin vocals, and the sexy horns and percussion that will make any woman sway her hips.
Do yourself a musical favor, and listen to one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, “Waters of March.” The arrangement is impeccable and the English version is worth listening to, but the Portuguese version by Elinas Regina is an out of this world experience!
It’s only mid-afternoon here on the East Coast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get lost in a beautiful late night soulful house track. “Flash of Light” is the perfect soulfully melodic house tune to sooth your ears, and the vocals of Roisin Murphy will leave you wanting more.
Roisin Murphy has such a pure original quality to her voice and she does an excellent job on Luca C & Brigante’s new track, “Flash of Light.” If you’ve loved her for all her solo tracks & tracks with Moloko, then be sure to add “Flash of Light” to your favorite selection.
Just because I love Roisin Murphy so much, I had to post one of my favorite tracks — “If We’re In Love.” She is one of my favorite red-head singers with a sultry original voice. My second favorite red-headed singer…Florence Welch.
Solomun has delivered a nice new deep remix of the track. Check it out!
The universal understanding of music and ultimate appreciation is what compelled me to fall in love with the sounds of Granell. I don’t speak Portuguese (the official language of Brazil) but I can still appreciate the musicianship of Granell.
Granell is a band (often referred to as Banda Granell) from Brazil. The band has a pure indie sound which can be attributed to the lead vocals & guitar work of Enio Torres, the drumming of Lucas Medina, and the bass guitar rifts by Josué Torres. Together, the members of Granell have made it their mission to have their music reach the masses, which includes their recent recognition by MTV UK.
Even though I’m a newbie to the sounds of Granell, it doesn’t mean they are new on the music scene. The trio has actually been hitting the road since 2003 and their band became popular in 2006 with their song “Pra você” (For you). That song alone was quite a huge success throughout the Brazilian market; a market heavily saturated with samba.
I recently had the pleasure of checking out Granell’s latest single, “Se decide”. Albeit in another language, it’s still such a great song that I can totally find myself grooving to. Luckily the video has subtitle for fans who may not be familiar with the language, but aside from the vocals, the overall musicianship of the song alone is more than enough to please the ears. Great song!
Banda Granell has the potential to continue reaching fans worldwide via the Internet and with their shows. I can honestly say that I’m definitely a new fan of Granell. I had always dreamed of visiting Brazil and exploring the culture, so it’s nice to actually run across indie rock music from Brazil that is driven by such sincerity and pure musicianship.
If you like what you hear, then be sure to visit Granell’s official website http://www.bandagranell.com.br/
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com