TAGUA TAGUA RELEASES THIRD AND FINAL SINGLE “PRA TRÁS” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
NEW ALBUM TANTO IS OUT MARCH 3, 2023 ON WONDERWHEEL RECORDINGS
“Pra Trás” is the third and final single from Brazilian Psych / Tropicalia artist Felipe Puperi aka Tagua Tagua. Sounding like a cross between Shuggie Otis and a Brazilian Mac Demarco, the soulful single opens the forthcoming Tanto album with fuzzed out guitars, a driving beat, Bill Withers-esque strings, and Felipe’s unmistakable voice, tipping into falsetto on the catchy chorus. Lyrically the song is about leaving things behind – referencing the feeling of moving past his previous release and making space for something new to flow through. Tanto releases March 3rd on Wonderwheel Recordings.
The Brazilian psych soul wunderkind is ready to unleash a tender selection of cuts on his second album Tanto. Recorded in the rural outskirts of Sao Paulo there is a sense of yearning that permeates throughout the set list of ten unapologetic love songs that fly between lush psychedelic pop to warm, beat-laden neo-soul with Brazilian flavor. The album maneuvers subtly between the different dynamics, and purposefully so, as it was ‘a vibe’ that Tagua Tagua wanted to instill from start to finish – channeling soul heroes past and present like Bill Withers, Shuggie Otis & Sault.
Based in the city of São Paulo, Felipe previously fronted the group Wannabe Jalva and has an extensive musical resumé, having played at Lollapalooza Brazil, supported shows for Pearl Jam and Jack White and received support from KCRW, NY Times, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and WFUV. This helped create a name for himself as one of the most promising breakout acts in Brazil. Yet there was a break-out moment of self discovery, a re-connection with his language that led to a personal and musical revolution culminating in his debut solo album in 2020, Inteiro Metade. This not only received a lot of attention in his home country, but around the world as well, having been featured on NPR, Remezcla, and EA’s FIFA 20.
Whereas his previous longplayer had changing musical personalities from tropical psychedelic to funk and soul, Tanto only flirts outside of the mellow psychedelic soul prism and whilst there are ebbs and flows, it delights in its sparse and sweet minimalism.
All songs were written and recorded by Felipe himself, mixed by fellow Wannabe Jalva band member Tiago Abrahão, and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Chet Faker). Recently, Tagua Tagua toured Europe and played several shows at SXSW and along the West coast in the US.