Bergen, Rio de Janeiro, Kongsberg. All have in common reSouza. This Brazilian-Norwegian singer, songwriter sings folk-influenced, bossa nova-inspired songs about life. And let us tell you, it sounds really special.
With two beautiful singles released to date, her sound his both vocally haunting and based on a tender-folk simplicity, without never coming short lyrically either. Accompanying her strong and melodic vocals, we can also hear a constant percussion, some sensible backing vocals, a deep double bass, few opportunistic drums, and even a stylish violin. All together they provide an unique folk-lullaby with a rare Brazilian melancholy.
The first single, Your Melody, is the perfect portrayal of this eclectic but sensible combination of instrumental ingredients. The vocals stand out immediately, of course. Word by word very very audible and clear, with eloquent extensions of each note, and a mystical feeling capable of giving the chills to the coldest man on earth. The almost five minutes go by gently, and without even asking permission they sort of steal away the ambiance, the memories, the feelings. The instrumental cadence increases close to the end, and everything sounds loudly perfect. There isn’t one single thing we would change. Perhaps it should never end.
If any song could properly follow this one, This Time does a nice job. With a fully classical start, it immediately reminds us of Agnes Obel deep acoustic sensibility. This Time takes its time to grow, because great stories take their time to be told. And likewise the song grows, layer after layer, vocal wonder after vocal wonder, like an haunting indie tale. The percussion constancy works as a hypnotising experience, while the vocals do their magic. It ends shortly but powerfully after. And when it does, we feel suddenly empty. And the time we need to get back to normal speaks itself for the track power. An immense one.
For more haunting folk songs like these you should follow reSouza on the bellow links. We’d just want to say “obrigado” to her.