Thiago Nassif is a Brazilian musician, composer and producer based in Rio de Janeiro, whose impactful mélange of pop, jarring no-wave, and edgy Tropicália has slowly been turning heads the world over.
Gearbox Records presents his latest album "Mente", co-produced by no wave icon Arto Lindsay, and representative, via its diverse list of accredited musicians, of the progressive, new-generational music scene that is bubbling away in Rio.
The album’s title is a Portuguese homonym meaning “mind” and “to lie”, and represents Thiago’s attitude towards what he calls the “post-truth” state of Brazil’s political regime. Mixing together the languages of Portuguese and English, Thiago goes deep into no-wave, experimental electronic music, Tropicalismo, jazz and rock, moving between funk carioca to dystopian, distorted bossa nova, and beyond.
Thiago Nassif is on vocals, guitar, loops, drum machine, drums, trumpet, rhodes and synth. He is joined on this album by a veritable army of other musicians and instruments and gear. The list and details are voluminous, check the liner notes on the record for the full list!
Recorded at Maravilha 8, Kassin, Moreno, Sideral and Tilt studios, Some tracks recorded at home. Mastered and cut by Darrel Sheinman and Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records
Artwork by Caio Paiva, photography by Hick Duarte.
"Crunchy and distorted, yet undeniably funky". - The Wire.
“The leading light of the new generation of Brazilian songwriters.” - Arto Lindsay.
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2. Pele De Leopardo
3. Vóz Única Foto Sem Calçinha
5. Feral Fox
6. Trepa Trepa
9. Rijo Jórra Já
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