Thievery Corporation with special guest Z-Trip
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The traditionally electronic music duo has developed a warmer sound further influenced by funk, reggae, jazz, trip-hop and Latin music, as heard on their newest album, Treasures from the Temple!Sold Out
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When they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating their 1996 debut 'Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi' to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa nova's intricate rhythms and lush textures. Now, with their seventh studio album 'Saudade,' Thievery Corporation present their first release devoted entirely to the Brazilian-born genre that first connected them. "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," says Hilton. Adds 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."
Released on their own label ESL Music, 'Saudade' borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning "a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence." "Saudade is the essence or feeling of true bossa nova," explains Hilton, who names "those warm, soulful, melancholic vocals" as one of the elements of bossa nova that's most alluring to him. Drawing influence from classic Brazilian performers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfa, along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena.Saudade achieves its delicate yet deeply sensuous sound with the help of more than a dozen guest musicians. With each track sung by one of five female vocalists (including longtime Thievery cohort LouLou Ghelichkhani, newcomer Elin Melgarejo, Nouvelle Vague singer Karina Zeviani, Argentine chanteuse Natalia Clavier, and former Bitter:Sweet singer/songwriter Shana Halligan), the endlessly mesmerizing album also features such guests as U.N.K.L.E. drummer Michael Lowery, Argentine singer/songwriter Federico Aubele, and master Brazilian percussionist Roberto Santos.
Thievery Corporation Present Their First Release Devoted Entirely to the Brazilian-Born Genre that First Connected Them
Although Thievery Corporation stay true to traditional bossa nova's elegant fusion of samba and jazz all throughout 'Saudade,' the album is rich with strange and wonderful flourishes that revel in the duo's hyper-inventive tendencies. Opening with the dusky "Decollage," 'Saudade' glides from the smoldering and string-drenched "Quem Me Leva" to the hushed and mysterious "Sola In Citta" (an Italian-sung nod to the legendary sound tracks of Ennio Morricone, featuring Wurlitzer electric piano by Enea Diotaiuti) to the sweetly ethereal "No More Disguise" (a dream-like piece laced with orchestral strings and bolero rhythms). With the instrumental title track serving as its gently stunning centerpiece, 'Saudade' also offers the sultry and spacey"Claridad" (a swaying Latin number propelled by analog organ beats) and the French lullaby of "Le Coeur" (featuring the sublime saxophone work of Frank Mitchell, Jr.). And on the final track "Depth of My Soul," Halligan delivers a haunting vocal performance that merges with the song's swirling symphonic soundscape to hypnotic effect.
Saudade is the Essence or Feeling of True Bossa Nova
Over the years, Thievery Corporation have given nods to their bossa-nova influence on individual album tracks, slipping those quietly enchanting songs into recordings that reveal the duo's careful studying of everything from Jamaican dub reggae to punk to vintage film soundtracks to psychedelic space rock. After coming up with sketches for several bossa-nova-style numbers while recording their last studio album (2011's Culture of Fear), Garza and Hilton considered releasing an EP showcasing a handful of Brazilian-inspired songs. "The more we worked on those songs, the more we got into the vibe of that vintage, organic sound," recalls Hilton. "Making an album fully dedicated to that sound felt like a good idea, especially at a time when the electronic dance music world is so saturated and there's not much of a focus on musicianship." Rather than feeling hemmed in by the unfamiliar approach of creating music solely in one style, Thievery Corporation found a great deal of freedom in writing and recording the songs that make up 'Saudade.' "In a way it was really liberating to do something out of our wheelhouse, to put ourselves in a totally different mindset and immerse ourselves in this one particular genre," notes Garza.
We're Still Chopping Up Beats, But This Time We're Making Them Sound Warm And Vintage
Now on 'Saudade,' Thievery Corporation are once again changing direction, trading the fiery energy of their last two albums for a wistful mood and summery spirit.a shift that both members found highly refreshing. "Even though we're very socially conscious, it's nice to take a break from the political theme and just concentrate creating some beautiful songs in the same vein as all these old records that we love," says Garza. And as one ofthe most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene, Thievery Corporation also discovered their own breed of rebellion and innovation in committing themselves to a time-worn genre on 'Saudade.'"We're still chopping up beats, but this time we're making them sound warm and vintage.which is not at all what's happening in electronic music right," says Hilton. "What we're doing here is pretty traditional and timeless-sounding, and in that it's completely contrarian."
"The Music They Were Playing And The Whole Mood Of The Place Was Very Inspiring."
Thievery Corporation was hatched in 1995 when Hilton and Garza were introduced by a mutual friend at Washington, D.C.'s Eighteenth Street Lounge . a popular gathering place for musicians and nightlife seekers that is co-owned by Hilton. Hilton had been producing parties and various music events before opening the Lounge with a fellow DJ in the top three floors of a turn-of-the-century mansion just below Dupont Circle. He also had a recording studio, where Garza had once done some music production work, but the two had never met until the night Garza walked into the Lounge.
Z-Trip is often referred to as a young Rick Rubin. His roots are based in Hip Hop, but he covers and loves all music styles. Considered by many as the godfather of mash-ups, his style of mixing and producing reaches way beyond that. Z-Trip received the award for America’s Best DJ and still remains on the top 10 lists year after year. He has collaborated with some of the very best to ever do it: Nas, Bassnectar, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli and many others. As a performer, Z-Trip is one of the very few able to play traditional festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and Australia’s Big Day Out, as well as the EDM circuit. His Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo sets were both festival highlights.
Z-Trip’s artist debut album “Shifting Gears” received 4 stars in Rolling Stone. His subsequent releases were also given high praise. As a producer & composer, he’s worked on many video game sountracks including the EA Sports “Madden” series, 2K Sports “All Pro” and Activision’s “DJ Hero” series. He is also a featured avatar in the game alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, Grandmaster Flash
and Deadmau5. Z-Trip also remixed tracks for Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Dead Weather and The Jackson 5 to name a few. Most recently, he
collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry to rework Bob Marley’s classic “Punky Reggae Party” and with Brillz for Jay Z’s hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”.
No stranger to TV, Z-Trip performed alongside LL Cool J, Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker closing out the 2013 Grammy Awards. He has also appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Z-Trip’s work with film is equally diverse, having scored music for the documentaries “Infamy”, “Scratch All The Way Live” and “Bob Marley: Legend remixed”. His music and scoring have also been featured in the movies “Battle of the Year”, “Warrior” and “Small Soldiers”. Most recently Z-Trip was the music supervisor and composer on the Documentary “La Bare” directed by Joe Manganiello.