New album on Far Out Recordings: Raf Vilar – Studies in Bossa


FarOut Studies in Bossa

Brazil’s most exciting young solo-artist, Raf Vilar, returns with a deluxe version of his 2011 bossa inflected record which features the live renditions recorded from the BBC Maida Vaile Studios, London. These recordings were only previously heard exclusively for the ‘World Routes’ show with Lucy Duran on BBC Radio 3. The Deluxe Edition amalgamates the more electronic album versions with the live recordings including a sweet cover of Insesatez by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Following up from the fantastic reception of ‘Studies in Bossa’, showcasing his classic songwriting flourish and modern spark which resonated again through this deluxe version.

Two years after the Far Out release was recognised, the quality and beauty of ‘Studies in Bossa’ which gained continued support for Raf Vilar was proved to reach well beyond a niche market. Jamie Cullum of BBC Radio 2, Songlines and The Arts Desk are just a handful that advocated the talent behind this record.

Vilar moves eloquently between Portuguese and English vocals through tracks that evoke the great bossa nova, folk and samba of 60’s and 70’s Brazil whilst incorporating global jazz and electronica.

Studies in Bossa’ draws on many of the singer-songwriter’s influences; as diverse as Jewel and Tom Waits’ folk; samba from Noel Rosa; and original bossa nova from João Gilberto and Chico Buarque. Raf’s love of jazz came from his uncle Ivan Conti who is the drummer for Far Out legends’ Azymuth, hence his eventual link to the label.

The undoubtedly timeless release by Far Out Recordings‘ nu-bossa nova star, Raf Vilar, will be followed up with another exciting new album with Far Out in the near future.


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