Release: 26th Nov 2021
From the cobbled streets of Bergen in Norway, to the ocean breeze of Ipanema, Sheila Simmenes lovingly blends Nordic and Brazilian folk music with jazz, pop and soul on her debut solo album Love Was Easy.
Known in the industry as an established songwriter for a diverse selection of international artists, Simmenes spent the last decade composing and touring Europe and South America in a range of settings within soul, hiphop, reggae and jazz.
Her long-overdue solo outing skilfully combines these experiences into a myriad of musical sounds – manifesting itself in the genre of world music, with the veil of warm yet playful vocals layered on top.
The original songs centre on themes of love, longing and hope, with lyrics hopping between local Norwegian dialect, English and Brazilian Portuguese.
Recorded in analogue for a truly vintage sound, the blend between two distinctive sounds was brought to life in collaboration with 8-string guitarist Per Olav Kobberstad, bassist Peter Mesquita and legendary percussionist Robertinho Silva – who has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz history such as Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and George Duke.
With the sessions taking place between Master Studio 112 in Rio de Janeiro and Kongshavn Studio in Kristiansand (NO), the album features multiple Norwegian Grammy recipient Bjørn Ole Rasch (Secret Garden, Annbjørg Lien) as producer alongside Simmenes.
“This album has been a long journey and we have poured a lot of love into it. I believe the listener can both hear and feel it in the warmth, delicate melodies and sweet instrumental work of my musicians and collaborators on this album. To me, the process has been all about bringing people together, both in the studio and when we perform this music live.” Sheila Simmenes
Love Was Easy (Nov 26th) is the sound of waves hitting the shoreline, brazilian rhythms, nordic jazz and sophisticated melodies…
“Playfully and lovingly blends Nordic sounds with Brazilian spirit”
Love Was Easy
Anywhere You Go
Here We Are
Same Old Song
Si Ka Du Vil
Could Be Love
Snåle Mi Jente
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