Fourth Album Out April 13 via Six Degrees Records,
First New Album Since 2008s Grammy-Nominated New York City
Hear New Single, the Modern-Age New Wave Love Song Pirates
Brazilian Girls return in 2018 with Lets Make Love, their fourth album and first since 2008s Grammy-nominated New York City. Due April 13 via Six Degrees Records, the album release will be followed by a short U.S. tour in May (see dates below & tix here). First single Pirates is a modern-age new wave love song that frontwoman Sabina Sciubba describes as, a song about sleeping and sleeping together. How we should all sleep more and sleep more together. It would change everything. Actually that’s what the whole record is about. It may even be the true meaning of life.” Hear Pirates via Rolling Stone and here: https://soundcloud.com/sixdegreesrecords/brazilian-girls-pirates.
Lets Make Love was produced by longtime collaborator Frederik Ruben and came to life over the course of several years. The four band members—Didi Gutman (keyboards, vocals), Aaron Johnston (drums, percussion, vocals), Jesse Murphy (bass, vocals) and Sciubba (lead vocals, electronics)—are now scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe and they assembled when possible to write and record, piggybacking those sessions onto gigs in Istanbul and Madrid, Paris and New York. Despite the distance, the group consistently found their chemistry as kinetic as when they first started out. Sciubba notes, “It’s a little astounding to us because we’ll go so long without playing, and then we get together and things just happen in this very harmonious way.”
On Lets Make Love, the band brings a woozy romanticism to many tracks. The album gets its title from the frenetic yet ethereal Lets Make Love, a track that takes a more classically arranged form than the bands earlier work. At the same time, both album and title track embody the quintessential spirit of Brazilian Girls: their strange balance of wildness and elegance, cheeky humor and fractured poetry, soulful mystique and libertine wisdom. Right now Lets Make Love seems like a very good message to put into the world, says Sciubba of the songs inspiration. Its not even Make love, not war—its just Make love, and nothing else.
But on songs like the feel-good dance number about social decay, Wild Wild Web, and Impromptu—an exquisitely scornful track that Sciubba calls an anti-conformist anthem, Let’s Make Love slips into a defiant mood suited to the albums punk-inspired sensibilities. The electronic stuff we were creating before has become very popular, so maybe we should be doing that again, says Gutman of Brazilian Girls shift in aesthetic. But we should isnt an idea that exists with us. We do whatever we feel in the moment.
The album was closely informed by the more commanding vocal delivery that Sciubba brought to the album. Sabina kind of reinvented herself in the way that she sings on this record—she sounds a little bit like Elvis Presley, says Gutman. Singing is just an extension of your way of communicating, Sciubba adds, and as a young girl you feel this need to be nice and polite, even in the form of creating. And then, as you get older, you just want to get straight to the point—you dont want any bullshit. Theres a need to be more authentic.
Formed in 2003, the group was born after the four members crossed paths at East Village club Nublu where they began playing the weekly, embracing a free-form ethos that helped shape their kaleidoscopic sound. Fast earning attention for their euphoric live show—and winning fans like Zach Galifianakis, who later cast Sciubba as a regular on his FX show Baskets—Brazilian Girls released their self-titled debut in 2005 and sophomore album Talk to La Bomb in 2006.
In reflecting on Lets Make Love, Brazilian Girls attribute their sustained momentum to an egalitarian mentality. I think the fact that weve been able to last so long and keep moving forward has to do with this all starting in a very collaborative way, says Murphy. And thanks to that sense of openness, the bands stayed true to an instinct-led process that makes their music all the more exhilarating for both artist and audience.
BRAZILIAN GIRLS TOUR DATES
05/05 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
05/06 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05/09 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
05/11 San Francisco, CA – Venue TBA
05/12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
Ticket Info: https://www.braziliangirlsmusic.com/tour-dates
LETS MAKE LOVE TRACK LISTING
01 – Pirates
02 – Go Out More Often
03 – Wild Wild Web
04 – We Stopped
05 – Salve
06 – Let’s Make Love
07 – Karaköy
08 – Balla Balla
09 – Woman In The Red
10 – The Critic
11 – Impromptu
12 – Sunny Days
13 – Looking For Love
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