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by Muza

An Independent Music Award Winner, Terciopelo is a collection of Boleros, old and new, but beautifully arranged in Muza's unique and exciting contemporary electronic style with her buttery smooth vocals perfectly reflecting the album's title which transla
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1. Besame Mucho
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2. Ausencia
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3. Cruel
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4. Manana De Carnaval
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5. Oscura Iluminada
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6. Oh Luna Nueva
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7. Mariposa Querida
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8. El Tiempo
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9. Amar Y Vivar
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10. Anoche
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11. Si Me Comprendieres
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12. Ojos Azules
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Album Notes
Electronic Bolero is how Muza describes this album. Following up on her Independent Music Award winning US debut album, “Cambio de Estacion,” Muza dug deep into her roots for the inspiration leading to Terciopelo. There she discovered the passionate Boleros and Bosa Novas that brought global popularity to Latin music in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.

Terciopelo is dedicated to Consuelo Velásquez the Mexican composer of the major hits “Bésame Mucho” and “Amar y Vivar.” Muza's rendition of Besame Mucho won a second Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song. Her covers of other classics such as “Mañana de Carnaval” (“A Day in the Life of a Fool”) beautifully honor the originals with her unique and exciting contemporary electronic style. Additionally, Muza performs new and original songs of lost or unrequited love that flow seamlessly with the theme of the album.

The English translation for Terciopelo is Velvet, perfectly describing Muza’s buttery smooth vocals. The incredible musicianship, production and arrangements on this album appeal to adult audiences of all languages. Somewhat jazzy, somewhat pop but expressly romantic and sensuous this is simply a beautiful album you will play over and over again.

Muza is one of the leaders of the modern Chilean music renaissance exploding in the wake of the oppressive Pinochet regime. She grew up under his 17 year forced silence highly influenced by European electronica. Her first album, Dream Electronico, was brought to the attention of Petroglyph Records who then suggested directions for her second album Cambio de Estacion. With the highly successful production of that album, Petroglyph Records picked it up for release and signed Muza to record another album. Cambio de Estacion won the Independent Music Award for Dance/Electronica Album of the Year in 2006 and Terciopelo is now up for Latin Album of the Year. Possessing less electronic rock and more classical jazz style, Terciopelo reflects Muza's growing sophistication while still containing her youthful contemporary electric influences.


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Peters at CD Baby

Imagine Massive Attack doing a Latin jazz album, or better yet, imagine Bebel Gilberto with a trip-hop band. Somewhere near those intersections, you\'ll find Muza\'s \"Terciopelo\". Yes, the vocals are velvety, as the English translation of the title implies, but the music is rich and textured as well. Electronic beats and synths decorate the traditional bolero songs here, while tremolo guitars during a song slowly grooving at 80 beats per minute can\'t help but remind the listener of old Portishead, such as on the song \"Cruel\". Many of the songs here are downtempo/chill/trip hop; call it what you will, the songs are a delectable mix of upright bass, slow and subtle beats, a variety of traditional Latin instruments, and, perhaps most importantly, the sensuous lead vocals of the singer who calls herself Muza. It seems she\'s responsible for the arrangements here, and God bless her for that. The tasteful vibes on a song like \"Oh Luna Nueva\" are so perfectly sparse and set a wonderfully delicate framework for the muted trumpet lead in between the verses. Even if you don\'t understand Spanish (as all the lyrics are in Spanish), the lovely melodies and rich, evocative production of songs come through to make this is an album perfect for cocktail hour or a romantic dinner for two.

Elly Kugler

I purchased Muza - "Terciopelo" - which has been in steady rotation on my CD player. The music is a fantastic blend of modern-day electronica and old-school songs - an amazing singer with a haunting voice.

Kelly Rudy

Terciopelo is a finalist for three Independent Music Awards! Best Latin Album of the year, Best Latin Song of the year and Best Cover Song of the year. Winners are to be announced in January.

Dominic Standing