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- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Caetano Veloso’s new album, Abraçaço, is out today in North America on Nonesuch Records. The album, which was released in 2012 in South America and Europe, won a Latin Grammy for Best Singer-Songwriter Album. Abraçaço is the final installment of a trilogy with the youthful trio of 2007’s Cê and 2009’s zii e zie known as the Banda Cê. A fusion of the traditional Tropicália style and the indie pop of contemporary Rio, Abraçaço includes 11 original songs written by Veloso. KCRW says the album finds Veloso "at his best."
- Monday, March 17, 2014
Nonesuch Records releases Caetano Veloso’s album Abraçaço in North America next Tuesday, March 25. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full via WNYC's Soundcheck. "Abraçaço, (which means “big hug”) is not some subdued, late-career exercise in nostalgia or retrospection," asserts Soundcheck host John Schaefer. KCRW, also streaming the album, calls it Veloso "at his best." You can download two album tracks, "A Bossa Nova É Foda" and "Um Abraçaço," when you pre-order the album in the Nonesuch Store.
About this Album
2007 Latin Grammy Award Winner
Caetano Veloso's Nonesuch CD catalog is now available from the Nonesuch Store; however, free album MP3 downloads, available with other discs in the Store, are not yet included with these CDs.
Cê includes 12 original songs by Caetano Veloso, who recorded them in the spring/summer of 2006 with a rock band of younger musicians: Pedro Sá (electric guitar), Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass, Rhodes piano), and Marcelo Callado (drums); it was produced by Sá and Moreno Veloso. Additionally, Pedro’s brother, Jonas Sá, sings guest vocals on one track.
“Pedro Sá and Moreno are my sons—the latter, biologically speaking, and both in the familiar sense of the term,” Veloso says. “They are both in their 30s, have a vivid relationship with the routes taken by musical taste in the last decades—as well as making remarkable personal interventions on the direction of these routes. Ricardo Dias Gomes and Marcello Callado are in their 20s. It was Pedro who suggested their names when he heard my themes and my ideas. Our communication was so clear that in a few minutes of rehearsal, the tracks were ready to be recorded. All of them. Not even one got stuck. We recorded everything on two-inch tape, without Pro Tools."
He continues, “Cê is not a rock album like the ones I listen to and that interest me: the songs are mine, my voice is still the same, my hair is greyer than it is black, less curly and always shorter than when it was really long—or longer than when I decided to wear it short.”
To learn more about Cê, watch Caetano discuss the album in the videos here.
Caetano Veloso, vocals (1-12), nylon and steel guitars (1-12), second vocal (4), chorus (5)
Pedro Sá, electric guitar (1-12), chorus (5), bass (6, 10)
Ricardo Dias Gomes, bass, Rhodes piano (1-12)
Marcelo Callado, drums (1-12), second vocal (1)
Jonas Sá, chorus, vocal arrangement (12)
A Universal Music Production
Produced by Pedro Sá and Moreno Veloso
Musical Direction: Pedro Sá
A&R Director: Max Pierre
A&R Manager: Daniel Silveira
Executive Producers: João Franklin and Giovana Chanley
Recorded and mixed at AR Studios, Rio de Janeiro
Recording Engineer: Daniel Carvalho
Assistant Engineers: Leonardo Moreira, Fernando Fischgold, Bruno Stheling, Igor Ferreira
Chorus on track 12 recorded at Kong-dub by Jonas Sá; Leticia Kling, assistant engineer
Mixed by Daniel Carvalho and Moreno Veloso
Mastered by Ricardo Garcia at Magic Master
All songs by Caetano Veloso and published by Uns Produções Artisticas (Natasha Enterprises)
Arrangements by Caetano Veloso, Pedro Sá, Mercelo Callado, Ricardo Dias Gomes
Design Concept: Caetano Veloso
Graphic Designer: Pedro Einloft
Design Coordinators: Gê Alves Pinto and Geysa Adnet
All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.