Thievery Corporation's seventh studio album, Saudade (out now on iTunes), is their first record devoted entirely to bossa nova, the Brazilian-born genre that first connected the duo.
Released on their own label ESL Music, 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 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.
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 string-drenched “Quem Me Leva” to the 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”. With the instrumental title track serving as its centerpiece, Saudade also offers the sultry and spacey “Claridad” 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.
Thievery Corporation will be hitting the road this summer in support of their new album.
April 27 - Kingston Downs, GA - Counterpoint Music Festival
April 29 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
April 30 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
May 1 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
May 3 - New Orleans, LA - Sugar Mill (w/ Galactic)
May 10 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre (w/ Polica and Break Science)
June 10 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
June 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
June 13 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
June 14 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
June 17 - Athens, Greece - Water Square
June 18 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Babylonia
June 20 - Cluj, Romania - Electric Castle Festival
July 25 - Floyd, VA - Floydfest
August 10 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival
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