November 11th, 2009

If you haven’t discovered Céu, a Brazilian singer-songwriter from São Paolo, then you’re in for a treat.

ceu cover

She has just released her second album, Vagarosa, which translates to “slow, easy-going” in Portuguese. Friday night she played at the London College Union theatre and I went to check her out, in the flesh.

Listening to her album you wouldn’t be sure that it would translate to a successful live show.  Yes, she was sexy, entrancing us with her sultry confidence on stage, moving around freely in her short school girl skirt and neon yellow suspenders, grooving to all of the songs.  But thankfully, I realized, she is not the product of a group of great producers and musicians. Her voice was excellent live. She has her own unique style, moving between lush nonsensical sounds to intensely belting out the lyrics. She brought her studio engineer and some great musicians, so the overall sound was fantastic. Always so satisfying to have this sense of confirmation when you see an artist you love play live.

Check her out. Her first, self-titled, album is also excellent. She does a great cover of Concrete Jungle and Ave Cruz and Malemolencia are two other highlights.

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