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Saudade by Thievery Corporation

The first time I heard of Thievery Corporation was while Shazaming a song either on TV or on my laptop. If you don’t know what Shazaming means, it’s simply the verb version of Shazam, a smartphone app that you can use when you like a particular tune and want to find out immediately what the song title is. You can actually use it anywhere as long as there’s Internet access on your phone.

Anyway, the song title I first heard from this group is “Facing East,”, and here’s a video of it from YouTube.

Now the name of the group sounds interesting but if you can get past the name and listen to the album, you will love it.

According to Google Translate, “saudade” is a Portuguese word meaning “nostalgia.” The sound of the entire album is reminiscent of bossa nova, which I’m now a fan of, despite belatedly discovering after listening to the “Eat Pray Love” soundtrack. Bossa nova literally means new wave or new trend, and is a type of Brazilian music that combines samba and jazz, placing more emphasis on melody and less on percussion.

It’s interesting that the group’s music is under the electronica genre, even when the sound, at least in this particular album, is essentially bossa nova. It’s actually because they use technology to create their music, thus the category.


Despite that, I love this album. Makes me think of those walks on the beach, wearing a dress, being confident about myself. Like the Brazilian women. Well, simply adopting their mindset.

So if you’d like to listen to this album, you can grab a copy at your nearest music store, borrow it from a library, or listen to Spotify.

Do you have other bossa nova musicians in mind that you’d like to recommend? Would love to know more about this genre, as so far Joao Gilberto is another musician I’m listening to at the moment. Will put up my reviews of his albums within the next few weeks. So please share your views by commenting below. It’s that easy!

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