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Tuesday March 25, 2014

From Nonesuch

Nonesuch Records releases Caetano Veloso’s album Abraçaço in North America on March 25, 2014.

Abraçaço, released in 2012 in South America and Europe, won a Latin Grammy for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and earned the #1 spot on Rolling Stone Brazil’s Best National Albums of 2012 list. Produced by Pedro Sá and Caetano Veloso’s son Moreno Veloso, Abraçaço is the final installment of a trilogy with the youthful trio he employed on 2007’s Cê and 2009’s zii e zie known as the Banda Cê: Pedro Sá on electric guitar, Ricardo Dias Gomes on bass and Rhodes piano, and Marcelo Callado on drums. ‘We are people of different generations sharing similar musical and human interests,’ Veloso says.

A fusion of the traditional Tropicália style and the indie pop of contemporary Rio, Abraçaço includes 11 original songs written by Veloso. A US tour, which includes a September 21 Hollywood Bowl show with Andrew Bird and Nonesuch label mate Devendra Banhart, will be announced at a later date.

The title of the record, Abraçaço, meaning ‘big hug,’ is an expression the singer uses to sign off on emails and is employed here to mark the end of the critically acclaimed musical trilogy. David Byrne said of Cê in Artforum, ‘Veloso has found a sparse, post-rock beauty in which strange yet simple rock instrumentation is juxtaposed with softly seething vocals.’ Of zii e zie, the Times (UK) says, ‘The Brazilian master remains in a league of his own. Forty years after injecting a rock beat into Brazilian pop (and earning the disapproval of the country’s military rulers in the process), Veloso has returned to similar territory ‘¦ fans won’t be disappointed.’

Hear “A Bossa Nova É Foda,” the opening track to Abraçaço, here