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BIRD ON THE MOON (Lunadélia Records, 2018)

“The music of London based Portuguese songstress Rita Braga simultaneously summons the ghosts of synth pioneers such as Delia Derbyshire and Bruce Haack as well as that of eccentric performers like Vivian Stanshall and Carmen Miranda. Her universe is one of colours, exuding both the charm of a vintage cartoon character merrily bouncing along and the ominous melancholy of a lost kitten on a rooftop.”

The fourteen tracks of her new album, Bird On The Moon whiz by in just under half an hour and features cameos from Ian Svenonius (The Make-Up, Chain and The Gang etc), theremin wizard Dorit Chrysler and Berlin underground queen Mary Ocher. With songs in five different languages, her idiosyncratic and sometimes eerie world will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a David Lynch movie from which you may not return.”

 

all music and lyrics by Rita Braga

except:
“National Anthem to the Moon” (Bruce Haack)
“Upa-upa (Meu Trolinho)” (Ary Barroso)
lyrics in “Je N’Arrive Pas” by Rita Braga/Marie Magalhães
lyrics in “Das Delfinwunder”by Rita Braga/Friedel Fink
lyrics in “Church Bite” by Ian Svenonius

Produced by Rita Braga
Recorded in various places
Mixed by Rodrigo Cardoso at Sonoscopia, Porto
Mastered by Yan Hart-Lemonnier
Design by Rita Braga

cover picture by Alexandra Gschiel
promo picture by Sara Rafael

Featuring:
harp (01) – Angélica V Salvi
vocals (02) – Mary Ocher
percussion (04, 07, 09) – João Pais Filipe
vocals (10) – Ian Svenonius
theremin (14) – Dorit Chrysler

LIVE AT FIALHO’S HIDEAWAY (Royal Calîn, 2017)

A live album recorded at a house show in Bordeaux back in 2011, released on a very limited edition on tape by the French label Royal Calîn.

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GRINGO IN SÃO PAULO (EP – 2015)

all songs written by Rita Braga

tracks 1, 2, 4 and 5 recorded at the studios in Casa do Mancha in São Paulo, Brazil
track 3 is a home recording

mixed and mastered by Marc Behrens
cover art by Marc Behrens and Rita Braga

featuring:
Rita Braga – vocals, ukulele (tracks 1, 2, 5), keyboards (tracks 3, 4)
Mancha Leonel – drums (tracks 1, 4, 5)
Bernard Simon Barbosa – bass guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1, 4, 5)
Pedro Falcão – pandeiro and cuíca (track 1)
Matheus Zingano – acoustic guitar (track 1)
José Vieira – piano (track 2)
Peri Pane – cello (track 2)

CHERRIES THAT WENT TO THE POLICE (2011)

O inglês para impressionar não passa por aqui. Nas ruas de Filadélfia, LA, Buenos Aires, Gent e Lisboa nasceu esta bela coleção de quadros impressionistas de um espírito singular “vigiado” por Bernardo Devlin. Que busca o seu lugar no mundo entre a instrospeção e o absurdo, a melancolia e a aventura e a tradição e a modernidade numa deriva existencial que – com a devida distância – evoca Tom Waits”. (Ricardo Saló in Jornal Expresso)

Vai do folclore polaco ao vaudeville, de Angelo Badalamenti a Adriano Correia de Oliveira, passando por Ennio Morricone. Invariável é a estranheza dos arranjos, a meio caminho entre a loja de brinquedos e a sucata, que servem de sustento às fantasias retro desta menina actriz. Cherries That Went To The Police é o album de estreia de Rita Braga e uma belíssima excursão num universo de clichés nostálgicos, deliciosamente aldrabados”. (Vogue Portugal) 

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Rita Braga’s criticallly acclaimed debut album, produced by Bernardo Devlin.

Rita Braga – vocals, ukulele, guitar and keyboards

Bernardo Devlin – guitar, harmonica, keyboards, bass pedals and sound collages

Chris Carlone – slide guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, triangle, banjo, ski bass and trombone

Nik Phelps – clarinet

Rui Dâmaso – electric bass

Hernani Faustino – upright bass

Jef Hogan-Buffa – upright bass

Ignatz B – upright bass

Yvette Dudoit – slide guitar.

HOME RECORDINGS – VOL 3 (2008)

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a selection of low-fi home recordings produced by Rita Braga. Featuring playbacks over old records on tracks 1 and 2, Kyle Hamlet on banjo on track 3 and Chris Carlone on track 5. Artwork by Rita (each one is hand painted).