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Luisa Malta

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Luisa Maita, Bossa Tres 

When: Tue., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $15
Brazilian singer Luisa Maita opens her strong second album, Fio da Memória (Cumbancha), with little more than skittering, bass-heavy electronic beats and ricocheting bloops, her whispery voice and overdubbed vocal harmonies refracted by a sensual groove. But on closer inspection the patterns programmed by producer Tejo Damasceno reflect the riotous drumming of a samba school marching through a Carnaval parade. The track provides an auspicious launch to the Paulista’s first new album in six years, which features 11 seductive songs from her homeland and beyond. As the record progresses, arrangements expand as warm, twangy guitars, rumbling bass, and stuttering percussion tangle with electronic rhythms and wriggling synthesizers. A mix of angelic breathiness and earthy forcefulness, Maita’s voice is the focus as it slithers, glides, and busts through every sound. On “Ela” she embraces a down-tempo feel, her vocals caressed by Marcelo Maita’s warm, tinkling Fender Rhodes, while the stentorian “Volta” includes a forceful declaration of strength in response to a painful ordeal (“I’ll not settle / Or forget”). The album ends much as it begins, the calmly sashaying Carnaval beats of “Folia” subsumed by electronics that turn the celebration into something haunting, even ghostly. It’s a gorgeous, mysterious display of Brazilian roots extending into the future.
— Peter Margasak
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