Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Bebel Gilberto - Remixed (Six Degrees, 2005)

My friend Brian hipped me to this album, as he his a big fan of remix projects and has plans in the works to release a remix of his most recent album Distance. Bebel Gilberto is the daughter of the famous Brazilian singer Joao Gilberto, and she released her self-titled debut album to great acclaim last year. This album adds beats, samples and loops from different DJ's to the finished tracks as each artist interprets her music and dreamy vocals in their own way.

Overall, the project is quite successful - something akin to viewing a well remembered image through a funhouse mirror. The most exciting aspect of the project for me is the erosion of the "easy listening" aspect of the original album and in some cases adding an extra layer of mystery to the music. I would love to hear her collaborate with Bill Frisell - her dreamy vocals backed with his unique guitar and some subtle electronics would be a match made in heaven.