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Brazilian Dreams

by Rachel Devitt  |  April 6, 2014

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A balmy breeze wafting over the hot sand of Rio's beautiful Ipanema beach. An ice-cold caipirinha in your hand. And somewhere, always, the faint sound of a quiet guitar, a gently syncopated rhythm, maybe some cool lounge beats. Brazil has long enchanted imaginations around the world with scenes, sights and sounds just like these. Musicians seem to be particularly susceptible to the South American siren's charms: For decades, countless artists from around the world have tried their hand at a bit of bossa nova, a sweet samba cover, a taste of tropicalia. The latest example? Thievery Corporation, the downtempo duo long inspired by bossa nova, just released their first official album entirely of Brazilian music, the gorgeous Saudade (a Portuguese term often used to describe an ineffable sense of longing that characterizes much Brazilian music). They're in good company: From Ella Fitzgerald to Nouvelle Vague, Amy Winehouse to, of course, Stan Getz, we've got a playlist full of musical daydreamers and Brazil's biggest fans.

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