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Portas

Marisa Monte

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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 /TiVo

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1
Portas
00:02:42

Dadi, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arnaldo Antunes, Composer - ARTO LINDSAY, Producer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

2
Calma
00:03:06

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ARTO LINDSAY, Producer - Chico Brown, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

3
Déjà Vu
00:03:07

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chico Brown, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

4
Quanto Tempo
00:02:34

Pedro Baby, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pretinho da Serrinha, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

5
Medo do Perigo
00:02:57

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chico Brown, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

6
A Língua dos Animais
00:03:49

Dadi, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arnaldo Antunes, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

7
Praia Vermelha
00:03:05

Nando Reis, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

8
Totalmente Seu
00:02:12

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lúcio Silva, Composer - Lucas Silva, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

9
Em Qualquer Tom
00:02:22

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chico Brown, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

10
Espaçonaves
00:02:39

Marcelo Camelo, Composer, Producer - Marisa Monte, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

11
Fazendo Cena
00:03:11

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chico Brown, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

12
Sal
00:02:51

Marcelo Camelo, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

13
Vagalumes
00:02:18

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arnaldo Antunes, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

14
Elegante Amanhecer
00:03:40

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pretinho da Serrinha, Composer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

15
Você Não Liga
00:04:02

Marcelo Camelo, Composer - Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

16
Pra Melhorar
00:04:16

Marisa Monte, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seu Jorge, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Flor, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marisa Monte, Seu Jorge, Flor, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda. sob licença exclusiva de Monte Criação e Produção ltda.

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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