Brazilian Girls return in 2018 with Let’s Make Love, their fourth album and first since 2008’s Grammy-nominated New York City. Due April 13 via Six Degrees Records, the album’s first single “Pirates” is a modern-age new wave love song that frontwoman Sabina Sciubba describes as, “a song about sleeping and sleeping together. How we should all sleep more and sleep more together. It would change everything. Actually that’s what the whole record is about. It may even be the true meaning of life.”
Let’s Make Love was produced by longtime collaborator Frederik Rubens and came to life over the course of several years. The four band members—Didi Gutman (keyboards, vocals), Aaron Johnston (drums, percussion, vocals), Jesse Murphy (bass, vocals) and Sciubba (lead vocals, electronics)—are now scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe and they assembled when possible to write and record, piggybacking those sessions onto gigs in Istanbul and Madrid, Paris and New York. Despite the distance, the group consistently found their chemistry as kinetic as when they first
On Let’s Make Love, the band brings a woozy romanticism to many tracks. The album gets its title from the frenetic yet ethereal “Let’s Make Love,” a track that takes a more classically arranged form than the band’s earlier work. At the same time, both album and title track embody the quintessential spirit of Brazilian Girls: their strange balance of wildness and elegance, cheeky humor and fractured poetry, soulful mystique and libertine wisdom. On songs like the feel-good dance number about social decay “Wild Wild Web” and “Impromptu,” an exquisitely scornful track that Sciubba calls “an anti- conformist anthem,” Let’s Make Love slips into a defiant mood suited to the album’s punk-inspired sensibilities.
The album was closely informed by the more commanding vocal delivery that Sciubba brought to the album. “Sabina kind of reinvented herself in the way that she sings on this record—she sounds a little bit like Elvis Presley,” says Gutman. “Singing is just an extension of your way of communicating,” Sciubba adds, “and as a young girl you feel this need to be nice and polite, even in the form of creating. And then, as you get older, you just want to get straight to the point—you don’t want any bullsh*t. There’s a need to be more authentic.”
Formed in 2003, the group was born after the four members crossed paths at East Village club Nublu where they began playing the weekly, embracing a free-form ethos that helped shape their kaleidoscopic sound. Fast earning attention for their euphoric live show—and winning fans like Zach Galifianakis, who later cast Sciubba as a regular o his FX show Baskets—Brazilian Girls released their self-titled debut in 2005 and sophomore album Talk to La Bomb in 2006.
In reflecting on Let’s Make Love, Brazilian Girls attribute their sustained momentum to an egalitarian mentality. “I think the fact that we’ve been able to last so long and keep moving forward has to do with this all starting in a very collaborative way,” says Murphy. And thanks to that sense of openness, the band’s stayed true to an instinct-led process that makes their music all the more exhilarating for both artist and audience.