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Casa da Boa Vida

by The View from Madeleine's Couch

A seductive, elegant recording, bringing a distinctly original flavour to Brazilian influences of bossa nova, samba, baiao and Brazilian jazz; this is what summer evenings should sound like.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aldeia de Ogum
5:34 $0.99
2. Beijos No Sol
4:31 $1.49
3. Bom Fazer
4:03 $1.49
4. G.T.
5:45 $1.49
5. Palmeiras do Sul
5:22 $0.99
6. Mais do Que Amor
5:20 $1.49
7. Praia
4:53 $1.49
8. Catete
4:36 $1.49
9. Lula Boogaloo
3:57 $1.49
10. A Ra
3:13 $0.99
11. 18:00 (Brisbane At 6 O'clock)
4:10 $1.49
12. Autumn Rain
4:23 $1.49
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Casa da Boa Vida opens with a track (one of only two covers on the album), by Joyce Moreno, an artist who was instrumental in Anje's early appreciation of Brazilian music. Anje and Kym are again joined by Mark Henman (drums), Jamie Clark (guitar) and Owen Newcomb (bass), and the guest artists who collaborated with them on this cd complement the sensuous sound.
In my opinion, this 'sound' of TVFMC has in greater part to do with the beautifully woven vocals of Anje West. Her voice never distracts you from the melodies or the rhythms, but guides you through, highlighting the inherent joy of Brazilian grooves, and this is especially true of the songs she has written with (husband and co-founder), Kym Ambrose and the rest of the group"
(Sharon Thompson, FM 99.3)

Many of the original tunes on this album were conceived during an intense creative development period the band shared in Rio de Janeiro, 2008 (thanks to funding from Arts Queensland for the musical development project). Whilst in Brazil for three months, Anje & Kym were joined by their rhythm section for three weeks of workshops, jamming, performing and writing in a studio in Laranjeiras.

Three of the songs (Beijos No Sol, Palmeiras do Sul and Praia), appear on the band's EP 'Sabor' from 2007. They were remixed for the album, with Palmeiras do Sul being picked up for a licensing deal for a U.S. movie soundtrack. While it's not an original song, it is the only recorded version of the song in existence. The song's composer, Benedito Silva, sang it to Anje and Kym over lunch one day, and encouraged them to arrange, perform and record it.

18:00 (Brisbane, 6 o'clock) is a beautiful instrumental, composed and performed by legendary Brazilian guitarist Beto Lopes (Milton Nascimento), and Kym, during a month-long period when Beto was living with Anje and Kym in Brisbane. It's a stunning tune, highlighting Beto's Clube de Esquina influences, and the beautiful harmonies of the music from Minas Gerais, with reference to Brisbane's summer sunsets viewed from the backyard, over a nice cold cerveja.

Bom Fazer won Anje and OJ the Queensland Music Award for Best World Music Song in 2009, and was written partly before the Brazil trip, and finished in workshops with the rest of the band in Rio. With a little help from the technical support guys in the studio, Anje was able to give the second verse some serious street-cred slang!

The music of Brazil has guided Anje and Kym through some incredible adventures. They've been together for 25 years, and been making music together with this band for 21 years. The generosity, brilliance and heart of their Brazilian friends and colleagues has opened a world to them that they've existed in with appreciation and gratefulness. Their music, while not strictly 'Brazilian' (more "OzBrazilian!), is still deeply informed by everything they love about the music and culture of Brazil, and Anje has often been referred to as the "queen of Brazilian song" in Australia. They do not strive to be an authentic Brazilian band, because they're not; they're simply Australians building musical bridges to places and people through their own unique sound and their take on the music they have loved for more than half a lifetime.



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