Floresta

by Mia Doi Todd

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Mistérios 04:01
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Luz do Sol 04:41
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O Vento 04:28
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Ewé 03:02
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Cais 03:23

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Floresta (2014) is an album of covers of some of Mia’s favorite Brazilian songs, featuring Fabiano do Nascimento on seven-string guitar and Mauricio Takara on percussion. It was recorded at Estudio el Rocha in São Paulo.

Review by Thom Jurek:
The material encompasses the rainbow offering of Brazilian song. While there are classics, including Tom Jobim's "Chovendo Na Roseira" and Tom Zé's "Menina Amanhã de Manhã”—both sambas from different sides of the spectrum—there are also traditional songs such as “Ewe.” Interestingly, despite the band's pedigree, there is an unmistakable, laid-back, L.A. post-hippie feel here. It's loose, but focused on nuance and essence. Todd's reading of Joyce's “Misterios" seamlessly melds bossa and MPB. While Caetano Veloso's "Luz du Sol" is as lithe as one might expect, the opposite is true in the two songs by Milton Nascimento. "Portal da Cor" is poignant and striking in a far more skeletal arrangement, while "Cais" is more structured than the songwriter's ballad from Clube Da Esquina, yet no less dreamy. There is a gorgeous version of Antonio Candeia's "Preciso Me Encontrar.” With her airy, slightly smoky alto, Todd approaches this material with respect and as someone to whom these songs mean a great deal (check her reading of Dori Caymmi's profound "O Vento"). As an interpreter she sings like she wants to share these songs, rather than leave her mark on them. The academic construct of authenticity isn't an issue because her encounter with this material is emotionally true. Floresta is a gem. It brings the honesty of Brazilian music in all its harmonic and poetic richness to listeners without artifice or affectation.

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released September 16, 2014

2014, City Zen Records

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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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