Label: Schema Records
On the surface Garota Moderna is another release in the "acoustic bossa nova-meets-electronica" movement. But vocalist Rosalia De Souza and producer/arranger Nicola Conte actually kick-started the style in 1994. De Souza is a supple singer, Conte's retro music is buoyant and the songs (half lesser-known classics and half originals) are as graceful as the first garota gliding down the Ipanema shore. Give "Saudosismo" or "Mar Azul" a quick listen and you'll be playing the entire album.