Hyperbole: The new wave of bossa nova

FIFTY years after João Gilberto took the rhythm of samba, slowed it down and made it into another thing entirely, you can hear the bewitching sound of bossa nova everywhere – on shoe shop adverts, in hotel lobbies, in lifts, in the more discerning clothing boutiques, even on dancefloors, occasionally. There almost seems to be a fully-fledged revival happening, but without anyone even realising what‘s going on. It feels very exciting.

While it’s often regarded as kitsch, slightly tacky, happy-go-lucky charity-shop fodder, bossa nova music is all about melody and melancholy and quiet, understated soul.

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