Marisa Monte – Portas (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 48:51 minutes | 997 MB | Genre: Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Music Entertainment
“Portas” is Brazilian singer Marisa Monte’s ninth soloist studio album, released on July 01 2021, same date as her birthday. It’s her first solo release in 10 years.
Every song was accompanied by two videos – one that can be interpreted as a music video (showing recording sessions) and one with chords if one wants to play them.
In this collection you’ll find all the lyrics of the songs present in this album, along with translations. Also present: songwriter info + length + further information.
Portas is Brazilian singer/songwriter Marisa Monte’s first studio album in a decade and her Sony debut. She recorded it during the pandemic between October 2020 and March 2021 on an intercontinental digital bridge connecting — via Zoom — Rio de Janeiro, New York, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona. Monte and her band employed strict safety protocols, including outdoor songwriting sessions, temperature screenings, masking, and social distancing. She wrote, co-wrote, produced, and co-produced all but one of these 16 songs. The credits are populated with longtime collaborators and new ones, including Arto Lindsay, Chico Brown, fellow Tribalistas bandmate Arnaldo Antunes, Nando Reis, Marcelo Camelo, Dadi Carvalho, Pretinho da Serrina, Lucas and Lucio Silva, Seu Jorge, his daughter, vocalista Flor, and Pedro Baby. Strings and horns were recorded remotely and arranged by Arthur Verocai and Antonio Neves, respectively. Portas arrives as Brazil continues to be ravaged by COVID-19 and its worst drought in a century. Monte confronts it all head-on, asserting with compassion, empathy, and optimistic affirmation that humanity will not only endure but emerge better. She uses metaphors inspired by the natural world to support and enhance her view of our redemption, and she frames it in an enchanting musical palette that cuts across MPB, rock, samba, jazz, bossa, pop, and R&B. The title cut was co-produced by Lindsay, who appends Monte’s band with drummer Kassa Overall and bassist Melvin Gibbs. “Portas,” written with Antunes and Carvalho, is a midtempo rocker. Its lyric juxtaposes personal choice with fate, weighing them with absolute equanimity. Lindsay also co-produced “Calma,” one of five tunes co-written with Brown. By way of piano, brass, and strings, the classy arrangement frames Monte’s smooth yet earnest voice in articulating her anthemic lyric: “I’m already escaping the night/I’m not afraid of the dark/I know dawn is coming soon….” “A Lingua Dos Animas,” co-written with Antunes and Carvalho, commences as a dreamy romantic pop song, but it quickly morphs into a finger-popping MPB tune with punchy, bar-walking horns. Its lyric portrays nature as sibling to the human soul. “Vagalumes,” penned with Antunes, is a sultry, acoustic fado; its poetic lyric equates fireflies with personal and amorous transformation. Monte delivers the song with absolute conviction. “Sal,” co-authored by Camelo, juxtaposes fireflies with the forged destiny of its protagonist lovers. Brown and Monte’s “Fazendo Cena” begins as a waltz but transforms into a slippery rocker that stridently frames the universe as a shelter to share with an absent beloved. Closer “Pra Melhorar” is sung in trio with its co-writers, Seu Jorge and Flor. Soaring strings, MPB, samba, and R&B rhythms frame an infectious melody. The tender lyric confronts darkness with the rising sun, as the singers assert our hearts will ascend stronger, more tolerant, and more loving than before. Monte’s supreme skill as an artist renders Portas a passageway to a possible next. While she accepts, disease, disaster, and pain as undeniably present, her poetic and passionate response is one of truly militant hope. – Thom Jurek
1. Marisa Monte – Portas
2. Marisa Monte – Calma
3. Marisa Monte – D’ej`a Vu
4. Marisa Monte – Quanto Tempo
5. Marisa Monte – Medo do Perigo
6. Marisa Monte – A L’ingua dos Animais
7. Marisa Monte – Praia Vermelha
8. Marisa Monte – Totalmente Seu
9. Marisa Monte – Em Qualquer Tom
10. Marisa Monte – Espaconaves
11. Marisa Monte – Fazendo Cena
12. Marisa Monte – Sal
13. Marisa Monte – Vagalumes
14. Marisa Monte – Elegante Amanhecer
15. Marisa Monte – Voc^e N~ao Liga
16. Marisa Monte – Pra Melhorar