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Thievery Corporation - Saudade (10th Anniversary Edition) (Light Blue)

Thievery Corporation - Saudade (10th Anniversary Edition) (Light Blue)

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LP, Reissue, Translucent Light Blue vinyl 
Primary Wave Music (2024) 

2024 is the 10th Anniversary of Saudade – the 7th studio album from one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene, Thievery Corporation. This is the first record to be completely devoted to their Bossa Nova roots. Each track on Saudade is sung by one of five female vocalists - including Natalia Clavier, LouLou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Elin Melgarejo and Karina Zeviani. The 10th Anniversary edition with be available on translucent light blue vinyl. 

Eric Hilton, the band's co-founder, called Saudade his favorite Thievery album, saying "it's one of the more unusual records by an electronic music artist. I don't think any other electronic music artist would make a record like that one." 

About the Record:

There's no English analog for the Portuguese word saudade, which translates roughly to a melancholic longing for someone or something from the past. The term so aptly fits Thievery Corporation's oeuvre (always wistful and dreamy) that it's a wonder this was the first time the D.C. duo employed it as an album title. Looking to the sounds of Brazil—bossa nova, samba, tropicalia—for their seventh long-player, longtime musical partners Eric Hilton and Rob Garza delivered a set that evokes shimmering seascapes and poolside cocktails. It's the kind of album James Bond would put on for a romantic evening in Rio. 

Originally released in 2014, Saudade's expressive acoustic guitars and placid string arrangements meld sweetly with delicate synths and gentle percussion, as a rotating cast of five female vocalists coo sensuous melodies. While many of these songs ("Quem Me Leva," the title track) are bold adventurers into new sonic territory, others, such as "Depth of My Soul" and "Firelight" are vintage Thievery Corporation with a Brazilian twist: deeply groovy and endlessly mesmerizing.