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It took Marisa Monte 10 years to launch a solo album, however the four-time Grammy winner by no means deserted music
NEW YORK — It took Marisa Monte 10 years to launch a solo album, however the four-time Grammy winner by no means deserted music.
Removed from being away, the Brazilian singer-songwriter remained further busy over the past decade with tasks together with Tribalistas — her group with Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown — in addition to producing for different artists and touring, till the pandemic hit.
Final week she launched “Portas,” a 16-songs effort that follows 2011’s “O Que Você Quer Saber De Verdade” and contains the only “Calma,” which she co-wrote with Chico Brown. It opens with the track that provides the album its title and closes with the uplifting “Pra Melhorar” that includes Seu Jorge and his teenage daughter, Flor de Maria.
“Portas” — which implies doorways in Portuguese — looks as if an acceptable title for the occasions.
“To start with of 2020, I used to be able to begin to file this new album after which all the pieces occurred, the doorways closed, we had been locked at house,” Monte instructed The Related Press in a latest interview from Rio de Janeiro.
The 53-year-old star, who has offered 15 million albums worldwide with a musical versatility that ranges from pop to pop rock, samba, jazz and folks, additionally spoke about the way in which she works and about “Segue o Seco,” a track in regards to the Brazilian droughts she sang at an outside live performance in 2016, when it famously rained the second she completed.
Solutions have been edited for brevity and readability.
AP: Many doorways closed through the pandemic, however it looks as if others opened. Is that why you named the album “Portas”?
Monte: Yeah. (It comes from) the track “Portas” (that) I did earlier than the pandemic, however it’s a couple of very atemporal difficulty: Easy methods to cope with selections, choices, modifications and new conditions. There are doorways that you may open to the skin, however there are additionally inside doorways. And all of the symbolic figures that encompass the door had been there within the track telling individuals: “Effectively, individuals attempt to selected one door, however you may selected multiple. You may go out and in should you don’t prefer it. And it’s higher to allow them to open to allow them to breath.” It’s a track that I did perhaps 4 years in the past, however it’s very present.
AP: Some other “outdated” new songs within the album?
Monte: There are songs even older than 10 years. (Laughs.) “Praia Vermelha” was prepared earlier than my final album. So the creation — they’ve their very own time, their very own life. In any case this time I had 14 songs and since I needed to wait (due to the pandemic,) I did 4 extra, (two of which will probably be launched later, together with one with Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, an Academy Award-winner for the track “Al Otro Lado del Río” from “The Motorbike Diaries.”) They got here out tremendous stunning.
AP: You’ve stored very busy all through the years as a musician, however how was it going again to recording solo?
Monte: Effectively, I’m not likely ever solo as a result of I’ve a really collective work and I’m very horizontal as a pacesetter. I actually wish to hearken to all people and to collaborate. I like to work with companions and musicians and technicians. I hearken to all people, in order that’s the way in which to really feel much less solo (laughs.) I knew that it was the second to return again to myself after loads of collaborations and loads of works with different artists, which is after all at all times a studying (expertise) to me and at all times a problem and a pleasure, however I needed to take again my solo voice.
AP: Inform us somewhat about “Calma,” the primary single of the album.
Monte: It’s a track that I did perhaps three years in the past. It’s a track about relationships, about somebody that’s telling to the opposite to place confidence in the long run, that issues are going to get higher, and never to surrender in a really assertive, very optimistic approach. It’s a really hopeful love track, and since we live in such darkish occasions in Brazil, in such a tragical historic second right here not solely due to the pandemic… this track is nice for individuals to hearken to.
AP: You famously sang “Segue o Seco” at an outside live performance in Belo Horizonte and it began pouring proper once you completed. Are you singing it now to assist convey some rain to your nation?
Monte: (Laughs.) I recorded this track in 1993. Carlinhos Brown was the composer and he instructed me: “Now we have to sing that as a result of it’s a difficulty that’s not solved but.” After all, in Brazil we at all times have historic droughts. It was ’93 and it’s perhaps getting worse due to this climatic change and all the pieces. So I’ve to maintain singing to make individuals acutely aware about that. And to perhaps assist rain to return down.
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