‘Tracks rich in mood and harmony, poetic songs with imaginative shifts’ THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Menino Horrível" is a beautiful, deliciously hushed ballad in which the singer's tender voice unfolds patiently over mesmerizing tendrils of electric guitar" CHICAGO READER
Celebrated Brazilian songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Amabis delivers Trabalhos Carnivoros, an opus of cinematic-folk and his attempt to join the dots between Darwinism, sex and love.
Amabis is best known for his production work - on Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu’s albums Vagarosa (2009) & Caravana Sereia Bloom (2012), and most recently Portuguese alt-pop queen Rita Redshoes’ 2014 album Life is a second of love – yet with Trabalhos Carnivoros, Amabis proves himself as a singer-songwriter on his own terms.
His acclaimed previous album Memorias Luso/Africanas, released by Mais Um Discos in 2013, featured guest vocals from Lucas Santtana, Criolo, Céu and Tulipa, yet with deeply personal subject matter on his new album Amabis had to be the one to tell these tales: “My previous album told the story of Brazil and so needed different voices, yet on Trabalhos the lyrics are based on my experiences, me, trying to make sense of my life”.
Amabis began work on what would become Trabalhos just days after he separated from his long-term partner, and the mother of his daughter: “I was alone and it was not easy, yet at the same time it was inspiring and this is reflected in the sound and some of the lyrics”.
To make sense of the present he looked to his past: “My mother and father are both geneticists and so I grew up in a house where the conversations were often centered around biology and how life evolved on earth. When I became a teenager I began to feel the other side - passion - and I remember being fascinated with these two different aspects – science and love – sex as reproduction yet also an act of love. When I was writing Trabalhos I spent a lot of time relating these things in my head with what I was going through then”.
At the time of recording the album, Amabis was listening to Brazilian folk legend Dorival Caymmi, Turkish rocker Erkin Koray and Scottish troubadour Donovan and Trabalhos Carnivoros wears their influences proudly with it’s introspective, atmospheric sombre intensity, from the Arabesque-halluncinations of Consulta Mental to the Tom Waits-meets-Caetano Veloso-esque Pena Mais que Perfeita.