is her debut, Brazilian singer Cibelle (pronounced "see-bell-ee") has already made a name for herself with standout appearances on Suba's landmark São Paolo Confessions
and Otto's criminally overlooked Condom Black
. This self-titled effort is cut from the same cloth with help from noted producer Apollo 9 and the sonic architects from Morcheeba
. But even with this support, the chanteuse's sultry sing-song voice (think Bebel Gilberto
and Astrid Gilberto
) is rightly pushed to the fore, allowing her rich vocal nuances to shine through regardless of whether she is singing in Portuguese or English. She also immerses herself in the production and writing here, writing or co-writing nearly all the music using an even mix of live instrumentation and textured programming backdrops. Highlights include the loose and funky "No Prego"" the gentle ballad "I'll Be" and the nearly traditional samba "Só Sei Viver No Samba". This is a promising first step from a talented up-and-comer. --Tad Hendrickson
Cibelles distinctive and moving voice graced Subas legendary album "Sao Paulo Confessions (ZIR 3). Now, its Cibelles turn to astonish the world with this superbly accomplished debut, which introduces the listener to her own world, full of fantasy and emotion.
Cibelle conceived and co-produced the album and wrote most of the songs (in English and Portuguese) which take us from bossa nova to electronic downtempo via tropicalia, samba soul, psychedelic post-rock and jazz, while first and foremost bearing the unmistakable Cibelle stamp. The album was produced by Apollo 9 (one of Brazils top young producers) and mixed by Morcheebas sonic architects Chris Harrison and Pete Norris.
Cibelle first met Suba while hanging out in the clubs of Sao Paulo where she would jam with different bands every night. After his tragic death, Cibelle started writing her own material and she developed her composing and producing skills over a 3-year period, which led to the completion of this album. It features a host of guest musicians including Joao Parahyba (Subas other close collaborator), Morcheebas Ross Godfrey (who plays guitars & keyboards), percussionist Eder Rocha (from Mestre Ambrosio) and many more.