After a snow-free Christmas in the City, the new year was welcomed by major blizzards.
And though the weather may be cold, throughout this white winter is now time to see what 2011 promises, music-wise, and it will melt it all down. Last year a whole bunch of new artists - well, at least new to the mainstream media - blossomed into full on acts who deserve both eyes and both ears on them. Among many outstanding bands, singers and songwriters, a small dream team of the new era presented itself, quite unexpected and unplanned, true, but still carrying a giant bucket of awesomeness.
Spring comes next and it shall be a warm home for Tulipa Ruiz . Her 2010 full-length debut Efemera holds a high position on the critics' regards and she's been shaking things around back in Brazil. MPB is being more and more well represented and Ruiz is the cherry on top of the sundae. Besides singing and writing her own music, she's also a graphic artist and claims lullabies are one of her key interests. Make no mistake, though, her work is anything but drowsy.
Still on the ladies' side, up and comer Luisa Maita is also one to watch. Her mix of Bossa Nova and Electronic music sips a few drops of Pop as it grows better and better. Luisa's first album, Lero-Lero, serves a complete meal of acoustic Brazilian rhythms decorated with beats all over them. It's, to say the least, very impressive. She brought her groove to these lands last year so she might pay us a visit yet again. Hopefully sooner than later.
Moving on to the regular ensemble structure, there's Fino Coletivo, a group from Rio de Janeiro who is very precise when it comes to choosing notes. It's crystal clear how much thought and good taste they've put on their songs. They have been out and about for the past five years, being granted some awards in 2007. Still, Fino's as good to go now as any other year, climbing up to sheer greatness.
Last but no least, comes Curumin, a.k.a. Luciano Nakata Albuquerque. Curumin is a 34 year old multi-instrumentalist ( though mainly a drummer) who plays around with his favorite toys: samba, soul, dub and everything that can make your bones move. Besides being in command of the drum set, he's also the lead singer for his project. They've launched 2 albums so far, 2005's Achados e Perdidos and 2008's Japan Pop Show. He might be cooking something up for now and he has set the bar high, no doubt he'll keep it that way.
These are only few examples of the many great artists rising up this year so keep an eye and an online search engine open, don't miss out on the good stuff. No matter which season we're in, this year is going to be hot in music.