Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The result of nearly eight months' worth of work on their own and with producer Hector Castillo, the boldly titled New York City is Brazilian Girls' most sophisticated, dynamic effort yet. To be sure, the album contains its fair share (more, really) of uptempo party-starters: 'We just want to have a good time all the time,' Sciubba admits gleefully over an infectious hand-clap beat in the aptly named 'Good Time,' while 'Losing Myself' rides a go-go organ groove. Yet New York City also reveals a deeper, more contemplative side of Brazilian Girls' sound, one that Johnston says reflects the band's desire to 'actually sit down and write rather than just jam at the club.'Sciubba cites influences like Caetano Veloso and Feist. 'I think we were feeling like we wanted to push ourselves in other directions,' adds Gutman. 'We were interested in exploring a wider range of emotions.'
Spin (p.112) - "[T]hese increasingly experimental Girls remain an appealingly peculiar party band."
CMJ - "It's clear by the first minute-mark of NEW YORK CITY just how delicate, brooding and downright imaginative The Brazilian Girls' brand of thoughtful electro has become."
Blender (Magazine) (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "NEW YORK CITY is a lounge-y pileup of bossa rhythms and Old World romantic ache, girded by slithery push-button funk throb -- at once refined and happily trashy."
Brazilian Girls: Sabina Sciubba (vocals); Didi Gutman (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Aaron Johnston (drums, background vocals).
Programmer: Didi Gutman.
On their third full-length, Brazilian Girls continue to refine the breezy, sexy vibe and eclectic fusion of styles that made their first two albums so enjoyable. The group recorded NEW YORK CITY as a trio (the bassist took a leave of absence) but their sound is as full as ever. There's lush lounge, burbling Tropicalia, campy cabaret, driving Afropop, and thumping house music among the various colors and textures (not to mention multiple languages). The lead off single "Good Time" is a sunny, bouncing romp that mixes new wave and electronica into a perfect singalong pop package. Then there's the equally energetic glam-disco dance-floor filler, "Losing Myself." But Brazilian Girls aren't only about bright, uptempo grooves. The Kurt Weill-inspired "Berlin," the dark, spooky "Strangeboy," and the pulsing "Internacional," which features vocals from Afropop icon Baaba Maal, make the funhouse ride of NEW YORK CITY even more strange and memorable. As wide-ranging and arty as they are totally listenable, Brazilian Girls prove again what it is to make deliciously well-blended music for our current global village.