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Cibelle


Country of origin:

Brazil

Type of music generally:

Ectronic bossa nova/jazz-flavoured, alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Unbinding (2013)

See also:

Cibelle's site

Wikipedia's entry on Cibelle

Crammed Discs' Cibelle page

Comparisons:

Hard call: her particular combination is unique. Recommended if you like Smoke City, Anja Garbarek, vocally a little like Hanne Hukkelberg and with that kind of musical inventiveness

Covers/own material:

Own, co-writing, and covers

General comments:

Her music is hard to define (see comparisons above), but the sound is overall inventive, alternative pop with a strong Brazlian flavour. The music is well-constructed and her voice is gorgeous. It sounds like her first album is much more mainstream pop than the second, but I've only heard The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves, which I highly recommend. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves

Recordings:


Cibelle

Release info:

2003—Six Degrees Records

Availability:

Wide in U.S.

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Cibelle—vocals, backing vocals, clapping, cuica, drum machine, percussion, turntables, vocal arrangement

Guest artists:

Apollo 9—bass, beats, clapping, clavinet, drum loop, effects, elka, guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, mellotron, melodica, percussion, programming, sampling, synthesizer, treatments, turntables, vocal arrangement, bcking vocals, etc.
Bocato—trombone
Serginho Carvalho—electric bass, bass
Pepe Cisneros—Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Thiago de Jesus—cuica
Ross Godfrey—Fender Rhodes, acoustic guitar
Chris Harrison—beats, vocal arrangement
Richard Harrison—bass, guitar
João Parahyba—drums, pandeiro, shaker, timba
Robinho—bass
Eder Rocha—shaker
David Walters —bass, beats, drum programming, effects, acoustic guitar, percussion
Xis—rap

Produced by:

Cibelle, Apollo 9, Chris Harrison, Peter Norris

Comments:

A little light and fluffy, as the combo of 6 Degrees electro-world and a poppy Brazilian singer might be expected to be, but it's in the shuffle and is slowly sinking into my conciousness in a good way. (neal)

The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves

Release info:

2006—Crammed Discs

Availability:

Wide in U.S. and Europe

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of unique sounds

Group members:

Cibelle—vocals, vocal arrangements, guitars, Rhodes, percussion, etc.

Guest artists:

Apollo Nova—mellotron, gtuiars, piano
Mike Lindsay—programming, keyboards, guitars, percussion
Spleen—vocals (1, 7)
Devendra Benhart—vocals (4)
Seu Jorge—vocals (19)
Felipe Pagani, Kristian Craig Robinson & others—various

Produced by:

Cibelle, Apollo Nova, Mike Lindsay

Comments:

Her label says this is a: "genuine masterpiece, combining rootsy acoustic instrumentation & electronic processing, noise guitars & children's toys, captivating textural soundscapes & pure melodies carried by her unmistakable, moving voice." Really, you can't do any better than that at describing the sound of the CD. It's inventive and sweet and passionate. Highly listenable. Check it out! (Neile)

One of the top discs of 2006. (gordoja@optonline.net)


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