When our eyes meet someone, there is an imminent risk of being seduced, hypnotized and awakening intense feelings. It is at this moment that we realize that this person carries something different from others. Moved by this aura of seduction, singer-songwriter Tuany reveals her newest song, “Alguma Coisa”.
With a timbre that takes us back to the seventies and a striking rhythm, amidst a sound that flirts with soul and indie rock, Tuany’s new song addresses a mesmerizing enchantment that characterizes the process of falling in love.
“Alguma Coisa” marks the second release of a new series of songs by the singer and songwriter, further exploring the unique signature of her compositions. The song’s visualizer also seeks to convey a break with a past (near or distant), representing the beginning of a transformation, like the construction of an evolving cocoon.
“Alguma Coisa” seems to be an engaging song about charm and seduction. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind this song?
The initial inspiration was the song “Something” by the Beatles, about that something different and mesmerizing that someone has and awakens strong feelings in us, but it is not right away that we realize exactly what awakens this charm. I wanted to bring this theme and this feeling to a song in Portuguese, based on my romantic experiences and how I see this “something” in my life and who I relate to.
How would you describe the musical style of “Alguma Coisa”? What influences did you bring to this track?
I describe it as indie hard rock soul. I think that more stripped-down and somewhat more modern sound of indie rock is present in it, as in all the other tracks I’ve already released, but the drums, with the cymbals a little dirtier and the tone more closed, and the guitars, with striking riffs and a tighter drive too, they bring an air of 1970s hard rock, while the vocal melody and interpretation bring a touch of soul, especially in the chorus which has a lot of melisma (something I explored more in this track) and grandiose voices, like a choir of soul singers.
This release is part of a larger project. Could you explain to us how it fits into the overall narrative of your work?
I think that sonically it brings a shine to the more melancholic sound that I always explore, and that opens the doors to other songs that will explore this more agitated sound, with more striking guitars and a little less melancholy. My rock influences are more present here, but with my style.
You mentioned creating the visualizer to accompany the music. How would you describe the connection between the visual and sonic part of this project?
The concept, the visual part and the poetic part of the song address metamorphosis, which is divided into 4 parts here: the first when you realize that you need a change, abandon feelings, people and face fears to evolve; the second is the beginning of this process, when you choose what remains in you, what from your past will be burned, and begin to mature what will be part of the next stage; the third part is inside the cocoon, maturing, growing and respecting its interior, exterior and its own time; the fourth part is the birth of the butterfly, which has the marks and traumas of when it was a caterpillar, but which embraced all of this and transformed into something bigger.
Can you share more about the production and recording of the song? Is there anything unique or special that happened during the process?
The music was produced by MaBê, at the Angorá Music studio. We recorded almost everything there, only the drum recording was done at Estúdio Lanners and recorded by Marcelo Lima, all the string instruments were recorded by MaB himself, and I recorded all the voices and keys. It was the first time I produced with him, and it was the first time I felt like I wasn’t trying to force something in terms of sound, you know? I was able to let my influences appear without fear, and thus incorporate them all into the sound we were looking for. The exchange I had during this process was very good, both getting to know new things (artists, techniques, equipment) and showing things that I like and wanted to incorporate into the songs. We recorded not only this one, but all the tracks respecting our ideas and our time, to achieve the result we had inside our heads.
What message or emotion do you hope listeners receive from listening to “Something”?
I hope it awakens that feeling of admiration for someone, that when you least expect it you find yourself thinking and imagining about, and how nice that feeling is to feel.
In addition to music, you were involved in producing and recording the visualizer. What was this experience like working on all these creative aspects?
I always try to get involved in all parts of the project, but producing the visualizer alone was a different experience, with its pros and cons. I had already produced and recorded other clips and visualizers alone, and it’s really cool because I put everything I’m thinking about from the script, scenery, costumes… everything that’s in my mind goes into the video and I do it my way. but on the other hand, it can be difficult to record some scenes alone, and know whether it is going the way you imagined or not during recording, as there is no way to record and watch at the same time, in addition to not having a team to support you with your ideas. and in the concept…sometimes the question arises “is this idea good?”, and a more specialized answer is lacking. Luckily, I had great help from my boyfriend, Marcelo Lima, to record the scenes that represent the cocoon and those with fire.
The concept of metamorphosis seems to be an important part of this project. How does this play out in “Something”?
Something is the beginning of building the cocoon, where you leave certain feelings, traumas and people behind (or give a new meaning to them in your being) so that you can grow and evolve. This concept unfolds mainly in the music visualizer.
How does the aesthetic of your audiovisual work relate to the evolution you mentioned in your career?
I believe that today I know who Tuany is and what her image is, this gives me much more freedom to explore, take risks, expose and play with who I am as an artist, both in audiovisual and sound terms.
You mentioned that this release has a more “bubblegum” sound. What can listeners expect in terms of style and feel compared to your previous work?
It’s a song with more repetitive melodies, so I think it ends up sticking more, and the chorus is very energetic, makes you want to sing along, the lyrics are also more engaging… and I think that’s what differentiates it a little from “Instabilidade ”, which is a slightly more introspective and melancholic song, with more parts, more melodic and harmonic information.
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