British producers convinced Caetano Veloso to play guitar on his albums in the early 1970’s. He did not trust in his “no technique” technique of pulling the nylon strings to the point of perpetuating it on recordings, but the English men argued that it was the beautiful and original way, the one that should be. And that more than any hired guitarist’s hand, Veloso’s touch would give the sincerity that such personal and autobiographical songs demanded. The albums “Caetano Veloso” (1971) and “Transa” (1972) were the first ones featuring the singer-songwriter on the guitar.
About a year ago, maybe a little bit more, Caetano told me that he planned to see this beat, in the center of the question of what would be his third studio album with BandaCê. Pedro Sá (guitar), Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass and keyboards) and Marcelo Callado (drums and percussion) would work as from it in its outline. They would use Veloso’s guitar as a subject and an engine to create the arrangements of the new harvest of transambas, tranrocks and what else he would possibly write to the album. It was an appropriate way, since the two British albums during the exile (mainly “Transa”) are the source of all Veloso and the band have developed since 2006 – there included the great “Cê” (2006), “Zii and Zie “(2009) and the recordings of their respective concerts,” Multishow Live – Cê “(2007) and” MTV Live – Zii and Zie “(2010).
“Abraçaço” is the third album, and closes Caetano’s trilogy with BandaCê. As well as the two first albums, it was produced by collaborators Moreno Veloso and Pedro Sá. But its theme turned out to be more embracing than the singer’s initial plans. The beat of Veloso’s guitar is present in most of the songs that composes the record. The title – an expression that the singer uses to end some e-mails that, according to him, suggests not only a big hug, but a spread, comprehensive or multiple hug – was taken from the track “Um Abraçaço” and confirms the idea of a spread concept. “Abraçaço” is, therefore, the after-all of the teen “Cê” and the mature “Zii and Zie”.
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