Late this past August, Luisa Maita released her new album Fio da Memoria. The album, the Brazailian singer’s fourth offering, is an interesting introduction for new listeners and a piece that her more seasoned audiences will enjoy, too. That is due first and foremost to the musical diversity that is exhibited throughout the record. That will be discussed shortly. Just as important to note of the album’s presentation are the topics tackled within each of its songs. Last but hardly least of note to the album’s presentation is its companion booklet. That will be discussed later. Each element plays its own important part in the album’s presentation. All things considered, Fio da Memoria proves to be, again, an interesting introduction to Maita’s work for new listeners and a piece that her more seasoned fans will appreciate, too.
Fio da Memoria is a good starting point for anyone that is not overly familiar with Luisa Maita’s body of work, which right now not that massive. It is also a work that her more seasoned fans will appreciate just as much as her new fans. That is due first and foremost to the record’s musical diversity. Throughout the course of the record’s short 39-minute run time, it touches on a number of genres in its arrangements including r&b, jazz, rock, and even a touch of the sounds generally associated with Brazil. The r&b element is most evident in the album’s opener ‘Na Asa,’ which translates roughly to ‘On Wings’ in English. The song’s r&b elements conjure thoughts of songs crafted by Aaliyah and others who have worked with super producer Timbaland. That is evident in the incorporation of the song’s percussive elements and her own breathy vocal delivery. That is an element that many r&b fans will recognize and appreciate in this song. The album’s jazz element is most evident in ‘ela,’ or ‘her’ in English. The song’s gentle, smooth jazz sounds, with its keyboards, drums, and guitar couple with—again—Maitia’s breathy vocal delivery to create a sound which, at times, takes listeners back to the jazz clubs of the 1970s. It is completely unlike any of the arrangements presented in any of the album’s other songs, making it stand out that much more. The album’s rock element is most visible in ‘volta,’ or ‘return.’ What makes this arrangement stand out is the song’s garage rock style arrangement. There are points in the song that hint at the garage rock sound of the 1970s. It is an interesting presentation, needless to say. It is also hardly the last arrangement that stands out in this record, presentation, too. There are plenty of other arrangements that stand out in their own right. When each of the record’s arrangements are considered together, they show in whole why the album’s musical diversity is an important piece of the record’s overall presentation. It is not the only important piece of the record’s presentation that should noted, though. The topics that are tackled throughout the record are just as important to note in its presentation as its varied musical arrangements.
The musical diversity that is presented throughout Fio da Memoria is in itself an important piece of the record’s overall presentation. That is because of the number of genres that are approached throughout the record’s 39-minute run time. While the record’s musical diversity is an important piece of its presentation, it is not the only important element to note. The lyrical topics that are tackled throughout the album are just as important to note as the record’s musical diversity. The album’s opener seems to present a message of self-confidence as Maita sings about the power to make things happen by one’s own self (or so it would seem). Meanwhile, ‘subtle’ comes across as something of a more introspective piece. Maita doesn’t come right out in this song and tell listeners exactly what she is addressing. But the fact that she doesn’t is sure to draw plenty of attention thanks to her talent with her words. That’s not a bad thing, either. If anything it will leave listeners thinking quite deeply in this case. ‘Joy’ is one more example of the importance of the lyrical topics presented throughout Maita’s new record. Unlike the album’s other songs, this one comes across as being rather celebratory. What is so interesting is that while lyrically it comes across as being celebratory, musically, it is quite subdued. It is quite the interesting juxtaposition, making the song that much more of an interesting addition to the album. It still is not the last song that shows the importance of the album’s lyrical content. When that material is set alongside the record’s musical diversity, the two elements join together to make even clearer why Maita’s new record stands out in this year’s World Music field. Even with both elements in mind, they are not the album’s only key elements. The companion booklet that comes with the album is just as important to note here as the previously discussed elements.
Both the musical diversity exhibited throughout the course of Fio da Memoria and the album’s lyrical themes are key in their own way to the album’s presentation. While each element is important in its own right to the record’s presentation, they are not the album’s only notable elements. The album’s companion booklet is just as important to note as those previously discussed topics. The album’s companion booklet is so important to note because it presents each song in both Portugese and in English. This means that regardless of whether one speaks one language or the other, it is certain to reach a wide array of listeners. When this hugely important element is joined with the album’s musical diversity and its intriguing lyrical content, all three elements join together to show in whole why Fio da Memoria stands out in this year’s World Music field. It stands out as a record that is both a good introduction to Maita’s music for new listeners and an equally interesting new offering for those who are more familiar with her body of work so far.
Fio da Memoria is an interesting new offering in this year’s World Music field. That is because it is an album that proves just as interesting for Luisa Maita’s new fans as her more seasoned audiences. It proves to be so interesting thanks in part to its musical diversity. The lyrical content exhibited throughout the record is just as important to note. Last but hardly least of note is the record’s companion booklet. Each element is important in its own right. There is no denying this. All things considered, the record proves to be a work that will stick in listeners’ minds. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Fio da Memoria is available online now along with all of Luisa Maita’s latest news and more at:
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