Electronica from New York with world flavors by Brazilian Girls
I have recommended some of my favorite music in the past couple weeks, but I’ll say right now Brazilian Girls might just be the coolest band I’ve pushed this month. They’re actually not Brazilian; they’re a four-piece from New York and the only girl in the band is lead singer Sabina Sciubba.
Here’s where it starts getting cool. Miss Sciubba’s parents are German and Italian and she was raised in Munich and Nice before moving to Manhattan. She speaks and regularly sings in Italian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. Their music is perhaps based in Electronica but you can hear elements of Reggae, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Tango, House, Lounge, and more all throughout.
I saw them at Bonnaroo last year (Sadly, all the video I could find on YouTube was blurry, shaky, and/or tinny.) and they were fantastic. In spite of their Electronica feel, they produce a great sound live. Drummer Aaron Johnston is worth three drum synths and keyboardist Didi Gutman plays a couple different instruments and chooses some cools sounds to accompany the band.
Check out their 2005 eponymous debut release. Here are some highlights:
- Homme – Sung in French, this song oozes with violins and smooth percussion. Gutman plays that little hand-held organ that you blow into but play like a little accordion or piano in front of your face. Anyone know what this thing is called? Educate me with comment, please, if you do.
- Lazy Lover – Dreamy keyboards and Latin influenced percussion accompany Sciubba as she laments, “You roll over when I want more.”
- Corner Store – This has a more driving beat and heavier sound. Cool lyrics and great horn breaks make this my favorite song on this disc.
- Die Gedken Sind Frei (Thoughts Are Free) – I love the work the drummer does on this whole disc. The great beat he lays down here, three different flavors of keyboards, and German lyrics make this very slick.
They’ve released two albums since this one, but you’ll probably want to check those out yourself after you hear this one. Check out their website.
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