|Thievery Corporation — Saudade (2014)|
Thievery Corporation — Saudade
• Highly rated electronica outfit who combine dub, lounge, jazz, hip-hop and Latin ingredients.
• From their press release regarding their album Radio Retaliation, Garza said:
“Radio Retaliation is definitely a more overt political statement [...] There's no excuse for not speaking out at this point, with the suspension of habeas corpus, outsourced torture, illegal wars of aggression, fuel, food, and economic crises. It's hard to close your eyes and sleep while the world is burning around you. If you are an artist, this is the most essential time to speak up.” — Rob Garza
Formed 1996 in Washington D.C.
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Album release: April 1, 2014
Record Label: ESL Music label
01 Décollage (feat: LouLou Ghelichkhani) 3:24
02 Meu Négo (feat: Karina Zeviani) 3:21
03 Quem Me Leva (feat. Elin Melgarejo) 3:30
04 Firelight (feat: LouLou Ghelichkhani) 3:33
05 Sola In Citta (feat: Elin Melgarejo) 2:28
06 No More Disguise (feat: LouLou Ghelichkhani) 3:29
07 Saudade 2:09
08 Claridad (feat: Natalia Clavier) 3:45
09 Nós Dois (feat: Karina Zeviani) 3:04
10 Le Coeur (feat: LouLou Ghelichkhani) 3:05
11 Para Sempre (feat: Elin Melgarejo) 2:59
12 Bateau Rouge (feat: LouLou Ghelichkhani) 4:10
13 Depth of My Soul (feat: Shana Halligan) 3:23
• Rob Garza
• Eric Hilton
BY JOSH TERRY AND CHRIS COPLANON JANUARY 29, 2014, 5:50PM
Though their sound blends everything from dub to reggae to Middle Eastern folk, Washington, DC’s own Thievery Corporation developed in the tradition of Bossa Nova. They’ll return to those roots with the release of their seventh studio album, Saudade, due out April 1st their own ESL Music label.
Reacquainting themselves with Brazilian legends like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá, the core duo of DJs Rob Garza and Eric Hilton sought to create a “delicate yet deeply sensuous sound”, according to a press release. (“Saudade” is the Portuguese word for “contented melancholy” or “the presence of absence.”) Like 2011's Culture of Fear, the album is packed with guest contributors, including U.N.K.L.E., Argentine singer Federico Aubele, Brazilian percussionist Roberto Santos, and longtime Thievery cohort LouLou Ghelichkhani.
“We always try to progress into something different and stretch our musical chops, and taking a whole album to dive into this one sound seemed like a really great way to do that,” said Eric Hilton in an issued statement. Added Rob Garza, “It’s a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots, this is what brought us together. It’s us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter.” (http://consequenceofsound.net/)
Artist Biography by Sean Cooper
Thievery Corporation make abstract, instrumental, mid-tempo dance music whose classification falls somewhere between trip-hop and acid jazz. Featuring the production skills of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, Thievery Corporation released several warmly received singles on their own Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label (named after their own Washington, D.C. bar and nightclub) in 1996. Although previously known primarily among acid jazz and rare-groove DJs, the group shot to minor celebrity when a track from one of their early 12"'s appeared on respected DJ/producers Kruder & Dorfmeister's mix session for Studio K7's DJ Kicks series. Similar in many respects (and more than just number) to that Viennese production duo, Thievery Corporation subsequently grew in popularity among a wider audience of DJs and headphonaunts.
The duo's debut LP Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi appeared in 1997, along with a compilation of Washington, D.C.-based electronica artists entitled Dubbed Out in DC (both albums were released by ESL). After signing with the British label 4AD, Thievery Corporation began to work on their second LP but were forced to postpone its release date after tapes were stolen in a mugging. The stopgap remix compilation Abductions & Reconstructions was released in 1999, and their second proper album The Mirror Conspiracy followed one year later. The duo's growing fame made them a natural choice to select tracks for the 2001 Verve compilation Sounds From the Verve Hi-Fi.
They returned to their own work in 2002 with The Richest Man in Babylon, and the mix album Outernational Sound and remix EP Babylon Rewound both appeared in 2004. That same year, the track "Lebanese Blonde" was featured in the highly successful Garden State soundtrack, which later won a Grammy Award. 2005's The Cosmic Game featured guest vocalists Perry Farrell, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and David Byrne, and the remix compilation Versions followed in 2006. As election season approached, Thievery Corporation released the politically minded studio effort Radio Retaliation in September 2008.
Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi (1997)
The Mirror Conspiracy (2000)
The Richest Man in Babylon (2002)
The Cosmic Game (2005)
Radio Retaliation (2008)
Culture of Fear (2011)
|Thievery Corporation — Saudade (2014)|