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Fazendo as Pazes Com o Swing
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CD

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MAIS 017CD MAIS 017CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/1/2014

Rio's samba super-group Orquestra Imperial make their eagerly-awaited return with a new album on Mais Um Discos -- Fazendo as Pazes Com o swing ("Making Peace with the Swing") -- a majestic offering of gafieira samba shot through with a psychedelic twist of rock guitar riffs, salsa, bolero, maracatu, and more. The Orquestra line-up is like a who's-who of Rio's most sought-after musicians: the inventors of post-Tropicalia, formerly signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop, Kassin, Domenico and Moreno Veloso (Caetano's son); member of Devendra Banhart's live band and founder (with Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes) of rock super-group Little Joy, Rodrigo Amarante (who releases his debut solo album on Rough Trade Records, France, in early 2014); Brazilian soap opera queen & vocalist Thalma de Freitas, plus legendary percussionist Wilson das Neves, to name but six. Taking their main inspiration from gafiera samba, the genre that set the Rio clubs on fire in the early 20th century, the group updates the sound with post-Tropicalia zest. However, though treading well-established territory, all 20 of the band's members are keen to stress they are no Buena Vista Social Club, and more readily identify with the progressive nature of bands like Ondatropica, Will Quantic's Colombian supergroup. The group previously wowed critics and audiences with their debut album Carnaval Só No Ano Que Vem, which they toured throughout the UK and Europe. Their live shows have featured everyone from Brazilian legends such as Seu Jorge and Caetano Veloso to Gruff Rhys, Jane Birkin, Jean-Claude Vannier (who directed the band in a special Serge Gainsbourg concert), The Bees and Chrissie Hynde.