Luísa Maita: “Fio da Memória”

Photo by Julia Braga

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

Brazilian singer Luísa Maita’s voice has recently gone global, popping up at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012 and in promos for Rio de Janeiro’s Games while also appearing on the soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s brilliant Boyhood. Her music works at these two levels, perfect for both big stages and subtle explorations.

Maita’s second album, Fio da Memória, exists somewhere between these poles. Here, traditional Brazilian art forms like samba get a 21st century update. On the title track, the beat is more anxious than joyous, undercutting a throbbing electronic pulse. “Fio da Memória” translates to “thread of memory,” and that succinctly expresses what Maita is doing here: anchored to the past, but jumping off into the unknown.

“Fio da Memória” appears on the album of the same name, out now via Cumbancha. Catch Luísa Maita at ACL Fest 2016:

*Saturday, Oct 8, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage

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