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Grandeza

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shinkenjoe It's a dreamy Sunday afternoon. Kick back and relax! Favorite track: Infinitamente Nu.
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dotbeginning As a Brazilian-American who grew up listening to samba, bossa nova, and MPB, I am super impressed by how Sessa is pushing forward the genres and making a sound of his own. The songwriting and production in this album are both spot on: laidback, spacious, warm, makes you wanna dance. The drum sounds and free jazz moments are sublime. Flor do Real is low-key one of the most beautifully sensual, bordering on erotic, songs I've ever heard. If you don't speak Portuguese, look up the lyrics :) Favorite track: Flor do Real.
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pjschruck Unbeleavable record - it fits perectly in the big tradition of Tropicalismo, but it's so fresh and so easy on the other hand. Muito Obrigado!!! Favorite track: Tanto.
Jewel Loree
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Jewel Loree I already love Brazilian music so much, but Sessa is my new obsession. Watching Sessa perform on a sunny afternoon at Desert Daze was one of the highlights of the festival for me. Favorite track: Flor do Real.
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sokhaya Those Strings, I've never felt that before Favorite track: Infinitamente Nu.
Andrew Jervis
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Andrew Jervis Love this laid back journey into Brazil. Favorite track: Toda Instância do Prazer.
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Grandeza 02:58
minha grandeza minha grandeza cantável meu irmão, minha mulher que sonhes o sonho dos mais perigosos meu irmão minha mulher me dê a mão eu não sei de muito não eu não trago a solução minha grandeza minha grandeza cantável com a clareza de erasmo eu lhe estendo a mão minha grandeza minha grandeza minha grandeza minha grandeza cantável minha grandeza minha certeza mutável inadiável coração que sonhes o sonho dos mais perigosos inadiável coração em doido horizonte batas numeroso minha grandeza minha grandeza – My greatness My singable greatness My brother, my woman May you dream the most perilous dream My brother, my woman Give me your hand I don’t know much I don’t have the answer My greatness My singable greatness With the clarity of Erasmo I reach out to you My greatness My greatness My greatness My singable greatness My greatness My malleable certainty Unpostponable heart May you dream the perilous dream Unpostponable heart In the horizon of madness, May you beat numerously My greatness My greatness
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Faça de mim sua mais rica tensão Me suja os olhos a propaganda e a televisão Faça de mim o que você quiser Faça de mim mulher Sou base forte, busco dissociação Faça de mim sua fome mais antiga Faça de mim a língua que roça a outra Faça de mim terras rara muitas vidas Faça de mim outra coisa muito louca Faça de mim, faça de mim, se afasta de mim Faça de mim o centro do seu tesão Me suja os olhos a propaganda e a televisão Faça de mim o que bem lhe couber Faça de mim homemmulher Sou água alta tendo a flutuação Faça de mim sua fome mais antiga Faça de mim a língua que roça a outra Faça de mim terras rara outras vidas Faça de mim outra coisa muito louca – Tesão Central (Central Desire) Make of me your richest tension It makes my eyes dirty the television and the advertisement Make of me whatever you want Make a woman out of me I have strong basis, I look for dissociation Make of me your oldest appetite Make of me the tongue that touches the other lightly Make of me rare earth, many lives Make of me something else, very wild Make of me, make of me, get away from me Make of me the center of your desire It makes my eyes dirty the television and the advertisement Make of me what fits you best Make of me men-woman I’m high water, I’m inclined to float Make of me your oldest appetite Make of me the tongue that touches the other lightly Make of me rare earth, many lives Make of me something else, very wild Make of me, make of me, get away from me
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Gata Mágica 02:18
Gata Gata mágica Me fode de vez Me rasga em seis Pra ver se eu dou conta Se eu seguro a bronca De ser teu minha gata louca De ser quem te acerta a boca Gata mágica Mágica Meu bem Gata Máxima Me come sem dó Desata esse nó do nosso impasse Espero que passe Que é pra ficar bom Que eu mando esse som Gatá máxima Mágica Meu bem – Gata Mágica (Magic Fox) Fox Magic fox Fuck me for good Tear me up in six To see if I can handle If I hold the fight Of being yours my crazy babe Of being who hits your mouth Magic fox Magical My love Fox Maximum fox Eat me alive Untighten this knot of our deadlock I hope it goes away So things get good I send you this song Maximum fox Magical My love
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Flor do Real 03:34
saber pela pele é a minha crença o acaso é a flor do real o acaso é a flor do real saber pela garganta de quem canta bem é bom foda é o prazer do som deixa a minha boca morar na sua boca deixa o meu sexo morar no seu deixa a minha mão morar nas suas pernas E o meu quadril anexo ao seu euforia euforia eu faria tudo por você Viver pela pele é a minha crença o acaso é a flor do real o acaso é a flor do real Viver nas entranhas de quem nos assanha é bom foda é o prazer do som deixa a minha boca morar na sua boca deixa o meu sexo morar no seu deixa a minha mão morar nas suas pernas E o meu quadril anexo ao seu euforia euforia eu faria tudo por você – Flor do Real (Flower of Reality) To know through the skin is my creed Chance is the flower of reality Chance is the flower of realty To know through the throat Of those who sing good It’s good Fucking is the pleasure of sound Let my mouth live in your mouth Let my sex live in yours Let my hand live in your legs And my hips attached to yours Euphoria, euphoria I’d do anything for you To know through the skin is my creed Chance is the flower of reality Chance is the flower of reality To live in the guts of those who make us horny It’s good It’s good Fucking is the pleasure of sound Let my mouth live in your mouth Let my sex live in yours Let my hand live in your legs And my hips attached to yours Euphoria, euphoria I’d do anything for you
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Sangue Bom 02:18
Meus amigos são heróis Caídos ou malditos são heróis Garridos ou bem-quistos anti-heróis Meus amigos me hidratam de uma sede muito alta Meus amigos sangram som de um vermelho cor batom Heavy metal rock and roll Meus amigos dão o tom Meus amigos fome atroz De lançar ao infinito amor feroz De fazer em dionísio o meu algoz Seus primeiros fios mais brancos Gente que eu quero tanto Na lusófona folia fornicar cacofonia Meu amigo sangue bom – Sangue Bom (Comrade) My friends are heroes Fallen or cursed they are heroes Beautiful and welcome anti heroes My friends hydrate me of a high thirst My friends bleed sound of lipstick red Heavy metal rock and roll My friends give the key My friends atrocious hunger Of launching into the infinite ferocious love Of making into dionisius my executioner Your first white hairs People that I love so much In the lusophone fun fornicating cacophonies My friend, my comrade
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que bate na carne é o ritmo bom enterra a navalha no branco do som azul tão profundo amor que me despertou domingo os filhos de gandhy mostram como é batendo alinhado o som do afoxé que me fez apaixonar pelo agogô zunindo dez total os filhos de gandhy são dez total dez total os filhos de gandhy são dez total – Dez Total, Filhos de Gandhy (Perfect Ten, Sons of Gandhy) What hits the flesh is good rhythm Stick in the knife in the sound of white Blue of deepest love That in me awoke on sunday The sons of gandhy show how it is Hitting tight the afoxe sound That made me fall in love With the buzzing agogo Perfect ten The sons of gandhy are a perfect ten Perfect ten Profound atonal mystery Perfect ten The sons of gandhy are a perfect ten
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Infinitamente Nu / Infinitely Naked Na ra ra ra La ra ra ra ra ra La ra ra ra ra Na ra ra ra La ra ra ra ra ra La ra ra ra ra La ra ra ra Nai nai nai nai Nai nai nai nai La ra ra ra ra ra ra La ra ra ra ra ra ra
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Orgia 02:06
Ainda curioso Ainda um idiota Eu insisto em procurar Eu insisto em procurar Orgia De cabeça fria Deixa o bicho pegar Dói me sangra tanto Eu deixo sangrar Ainda curioso Ainda um idiota Eu insisto em procurar Eu insisto em procurar Orgia – Orgia (Orgy) Still curious Still an idiot I insist in looking for I insist in looking for Orgy Cool head I let it go wild It hurts, it bleeds so much I let it bleed Still curious Still an idiot I insist in looking for I insist in looking for Orgy
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Tanto 04:02
Meu bem é tanto que nem tem Explicação Meu bem é tanto que nem tem Solução Às vezes a vida te arma uma briga e te joga no chão Às vezes querida pra achar uma saída a gente cava com a mão Meu bem é tanto que nem tem Explicação Meu bem é tanto que nem tem Solução Às vezes na rua a coisa é tão crua que eu fico sem entender Como que a vida faz tanta ferida mas ainda faz você – Tanto (So much) My love it’s so much there’s no explanation My love it’s so much there’s no solution Sometimes life sets up a fight and throws you on the ground Sometime dear to find a way out we dig with our hands My love it’s so much there’s no explanation My love it’s so much there’s no solution Sometimes in the streets things are so raw that I don’t understand How life makes so much hurt but still makes you
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Língua geral / General Language Iará baba iê de a deia de baió Iará de baiê de aió Iará baba iê de a deia de baió iaiá Iará de baiê de baió Iê lara iá Ara iê lara iá Iê lara iá Iê lara iá Ara iê lara iá Iê lara iá
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about

Grandeza is an album about the natural gesture of love and the softness of the human body. It’s also about my love for Brazilian music and its many shapes and colors. I like to think that it exists somewhere among the rituals that celebrate life. It’s a reminder that amongst all the pain, music comes to reaffirm the beauty in living.

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released April 25, 2019

Sessa:
Vocals, nylon guitar, upright bass, shakers

with:
Ciça Góes - vocals
Lau ra - vocals
Lia Elazari Biserra - vocals
Paloma Mecozzi - vocals
Sofia Botelho - vocals
Eduardo Camargo - percussion

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Müsica de Selvagem:
Arthur Decloedt - upright bass
Filipe Nader - alto & baritone saxophones
Oscar "Cuca" Ferreira - bartitone saxophone
Amílcar Rodrigues - trumpet and flugelhorn
Guilherme Marques - drums

Recorded by Jonas Morbach, Nick Graham Smith and Gui Jesus Toledo at Pendulum Music, A Voz do Brasil, Estúdio Canoa and Teatro TAIB in São Paulo, Brazil. Mixed by Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather, NYC. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal. Produced by Yonatan Gat. Arranged by Sessa. Additional arrangements by Filipe Nader, Arthur Decloedt and Eduardo Camargo. All songs by Sessa.

Artwork and design by Talita Hoffmann
Back cover photo by Paloma Mecozzi
Cover and insert photos by Helena Wolfenson

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Sessa São Paulo, Brazil

Sessa's songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics in the vain of Caetano Veloso, and the melodic flourishes of Jobim. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen, with touches of tropicalia and free jazz. ... more

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