Sometimes I come across things that I can’t fully explain, but are too good not to share. That’s the case with “Terra,” a beautiful bossa-nova inflicted pop song from Portugal-based band Ararur. The quintet recently released their self-titled debut album, which mixes experimental jazz, traditional bossa-nova, and Portuguese pop music. The group describes themselves in lofty terms (and in English, thankfully):
Throughout the world there are reports of a place where thoughts and memories dissolve into the present moment. In the past, scholars, elders and artists everywhere sought this place to achieve their inspiration. This place can be found in all things, in all beings and each one of us. This is where we come to play together and to show our true self. Please join us in this place we call: Ararur.
And after listening through Ararur, I’m not sure I can disagree. The music is at once strange and familiar, new and old, refreshing and essential. “Terra” is one of the more straightforward songs, but its interesting chord progressions and catchy melody make it irresistible. I’m not sure what she’s singing about other than than “terra” means “earth,” but Ângela Maria Santos’s voice is captivating and pure.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit different today, check out Ararur and get transported to that mysterious place where memories dissolve into the present moment.