gal costa & caetano veloso - "baby" / by Zack Free

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this is honestly one of the most beautiful songs that i’ve heard in my life. tropicália queen gal costa made strides in expanding upon bossa nova with her brilliant self-titled 1969 album, playing with psychedelic elements such as distortion, reverb, and standard song structure. “baby” is one of the most traditional sounding songs on gal costa; the foundation of caetano veloso’s gorgeous arrangement is the skeletal bass/guitar/percussion layout of a bossa nova song. it’s taken to another stratosphere, however, by the undulating silk of the string section and costa’s unnaturally pitch-perfect performance. it’s also one of tropicália’s most enduring legacies, and it’s not hard to understand why; it transcends genre, a masterpiece that speaks directly to the heart

 

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