Tuca – S/T
This Brasilian album from 1968 is suprisingly unknown and probably pretty rare. You wonder for what reason since it’s such an excellent bossa nova record. Tuca displays a nice feel for understatement in her voice and although a portion of the material is in a breezy mood, the blackness of the cover can be felt in between the notes at all times.
Tuca gives plenty of room to the arrangements, that are pretty moody and experimental. She co-wrote some 5 songs on the album, of which Abstrato no 1 (descriÃ§Ã£o de um quadro da bienal) is perhaps the most interesting, since it starts out with an instrumental mini-suite that’s very dark and turbulent (please to explain what the subtitle means…) All tracks are good, but another one called Verde is especially interesting, having a beautiful melody that’s sung over an accompaniment of whispered oral percussion and accoustic guitar, as the rest of the record, seemingly recorded in a spacious and darkened studio.
Listen to: Tuca – Verde