Album of the Week 13-18 July
THIAGO NASSIF – Mente [Gearbox Records] Morning Mari*‘s album of the week is Thiago Nassif’s “Ment” out on Gearbox Records. Thiago Nassif is a Rio de Janeiro-based musician. “The leading light of the new generation of Brazilian songwriters” says Arto Linsay who is a co-producer of the album. An underground Brazilian artist whose profile is…
THIAGO NASSIF – Mente [Gearbox Records]
Morning Mari*‘s album of the week is Thiago Nassif’s “Ment” out on Gearbox Records.
Thiago Nassif is a Rio de Janeiro-based musician.
“The leading light of the new generation of Brazilian songwriters” says Arto Linsay who is a co-producer of the album.
An underground Brazilian artist whose profile is gradually growing in the West, Thiago Nassif forms part of Rio de Janeiro’s younger generation of talents, many who have collaborated with and take influence from the likes of Caetano Veloso, João Donato and Ava Rocha, and who now appear on his latest project, “Mente”. Featured on the first single ‘Soar Estranho’, released April 10th, are progressive musicians Vinicius Cantuária (O Terço, Bill Frisell, John Zorn) on drums and Ricardo Dias Gomes (Kill Shaman, Caetano Veloso) on Minimoog. The second single, ‘Plastico’, includes Claudio Brito on atabaque and singers Negro Leo and Laura Wrona, and is a soulful yet jarring criticism of the institutionalised “white cube” format of art galleries.
Thiago’s catalogue includes the self-released “Garconnière” in 2009 and “Práxis” in 2011, as well as “Três” in 2016, which was co-produced by Arto Lindsay and released in the UK via Foom. Combining his influences from no wave, electronic music and Tropicália and inspired by artists such as Tom Zé, Ricardo Villalobos, Alva Noto, and James Chance, Três received the seal of approval from the “Dean of American rock critics,” Robert Christgau, who graded it A-, and was heavily played on BBC 3’s Late Junction, with Thiago appearing on the show as a guest in July 2018, as well as on the Bandcamp Weekly program earlier in the same year. In the meantime, Thiago continued his collaboration with Lindsay, co-producing and editing his recent “Cuidado Madame” album, and working on his follow-up to “Três”.
Thiago celebrates his signing to London-based label Gearbox Records with “Mente”. The title of the album is a homonym in Portuguese, meaning both “to lie” and “mind”, and represents the post-truth political era that we are living, which Brazil’s current regime seems to be at the forefront of.
1. Soar Estranho
2. Pele De Leopardo
3. Voz Única Foto Sem Calcinha
5. Feral Fox
6. Trepa Trepa
9. Rijo Jórra Já