Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Natalia Clavier's Sweet Nectar
If you're into the electro-bossa/electro-folk of Bebel Gilberto, Cibelle, and Juana Molina, and if you, like me, love to pop in some Federico Aubele to slow down a frantic day, then you'll be thrilled with Natalia Clavier's Nectar, which oozes sophistocated sensuality. All of the songs are winners, electronic-accented grooves grounded with just the right guitar & piano chords, sexy rhythms, and a voice with a smooth purity that you just don't hear any more. She goes from angelic to devious, from passionate to playful, just like that, and you're blissfully lost before you realize what she's done to you. It's like listening to Astrud, if she were recording today in Washington, D.C. with Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton.
But here's a mystery: Why does her name come up empty on The Hype Machine?? Is it because she's filed under Jazz? Are we guilty of monoculture, are we staying in our lanes too much, and are the lanes getting smaller? I don't know. Like I said, it's a mystery.
Cross the lines with Natalia:
Natalia Clavier - El Arbol (mp3)
Natalia Clavier - Azul (mp3)