The Brazilian talented blues/country rock singer-songwriter based in Sao Paulo, Carla Mariani and she release the first blues, country rock album created by a Brazilian woman!
The very talented Brazilian singer and songwriter from Sao Paulo with more than 15 years of career, Carla Mariani, together with her very competent band, is the newest representative of the brilliance inside the Brazilian/worldwide blues and country rock styles, and this comes even more to surface because of her beautiful new, intimate and modern album entitled Introducing CM Quartet.
Introducing CM Quartet shows a different sound within the stipulated standards of these styles, escaping from the more of the same and showing that the blues crossed centuries without leaving its roots in the present world.
Bringing strong influences of great references in styles such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Joss Stone, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, the quartet composed of Carla Mariani, Yan Cambiucci (guitarist and songwriting partner), Tanauan (bass) and Heittor Jabbur (drums) goes against what is recommended by the music industry, producers and marketing professionals by releasing a full album with 10 unreleased tracks instead of separate singles.
Ain’t Life A Bitch!
Refresh Your Heart
Power Of The Brain
Soul To Heaven
«I wanted to tell a story and loose singles, in that case, would not tell it the way the story needed to be told, as it would be fragmented and meaningless”, Carla Mariani comments. “Besides, in my opinion, a complete work shows who we are and where we want to go. The Blues and Country Rock audience likes and misses works with a beginning, middle and end», she adds. Carla Mariani & Rogério Baraquet – Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie) – Quarentena Sessions #2
And that is exactly what people can expect from this new work. Based on her own experience, Carla sees her generation – 30 to 40 years old – in a completely different position from their parents when they were the same age. She says that, «In the old days, the goal in life, at 30, was to already have a settled life, with a steady job, own house and the car of the year. The next generation, today’s, values quality of life and working in something they really like, even if this generates financial instability».
Carla Mariani – vocals
Yan Cambiucci – guitars
Tanauan – Bass
Heittor Jabbur – drums
Special Guest: Thais Ribeiro (piano)
«Our generation has no perspective of achieving a stable financial life” says the singer, who begins the album by attributing the devaluation of the young to politicians and high taxes. “It’s the famous story where the rich get richer and richer and the poor get poorer and poorer. Our generation suffers from high taxes, the dollar and inflation».
But, for Carla, none of this should stop young people from making dreams come true. Everyone must find their way, and even if difficulties, mishaps, and many obstacles arise, the end can be rewarding. And it is on this theme that the album goes on to tell its story. “We have to follow our goals and free ourselves from everything that gets us down or prevents us from running after what we want to be as people and professionals.”
Following in that vein, the songwriter brings up the power of the mind and says that whenever negative thoughts arise, looking inside yourself and trying to change your mindset is the fastest and most correct solution to take. And that is the continuation of the story of “Introducing CM Quartet”, getting people to reprogram their minds with positive thoughts so that they can live happily realizing their dreams. From there, the story comes to an ending, where the characters are living their lives well, doing what they love and being happy in their own way.
«Today we live in an age where even listening to music is a waste of time (laughs). In the old days, we used to sit in front of a radio and listen to music for hours on end, call friends over to listen together and enjoy releases as if they were real events! Today, most people no longer enjoy this moment, because they do other things at the same time, missing that chance for reflection, mental detour from everyday problems, and being taken by the melodies to a special place. There is no more time for music! I miss songs with inspiring lyrics, solos, and melodies that go outside of what is considered ‘normal’ today».
« I always ask myself who are these songs being written for today? In a universe of TikTok, Reels, and videos that are at most 1 minute long, usually without any content, and when a song is created it is at most 3 minutes long. These immediacy things inspired me to create “Introducing CM Quartet”, a work made for my generation, born between 1981 and 1996, in which I tell, track by track, about the life of the generation known as “Y”. Without a doubt, I consider it my best work and I could count on incredible musicians in this journey, like the boys from Carla Mariani Quartet!», she concludes.
The album features several special guests such as Vasco Faé (harmonica on the track “Tax Money”), Letícia Alcovér (for love and backing vocals on Landlord and Soul To Heaven), Thais Ribeiro (piano on My Way and Refresh Your Heart), plus Lucas Degásperi, Carol Meles and Nathalie Rabelo (on backing vocals on Soul To Heaven).
Carla Mariani – CM Quartet