Singer/songwriter Charlotte Dos Santos has returned with “Filha Do Sol,” a track taken from her debut album MORFO that is due out October 14th via Because Music. This October Charlotte Dos Santos will bring live performances to fans in cities such as Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and many more including London’s Islington Assembly Hall on October 25th. Charlotte has previously sold out venues such as Village Underground and EartH and this will be her first headline tour since having to postpone her US tour in 2020.
Interpolating Edu Lobo’s “O Açoite Bateu”, Charlotte puts her own unique spin on the bossa nova song – a slice of acoustic guitar, strings and a harmonizing chorus in Portuguese that explodes into a percussive frenzy in its final minute – a direct homage to Brazil and her lineage. Themes of strength and resilience capture the essence of “Filha Do Sol”, a single glittered with empowering references to the future. She says, “Filha Do Sol is the most special song to me as it is a song about my heritage dedicated to my family in Brazil. It’s a song about myself, having my Norwegian mother’s hair, and my father’s skin. It’s a song about the history of slavery and it’s about resilience and empowerment to all people of color as a reminder that we are strong and will always rise again”.
Growing up with her Brazilian father and Norwegian mother, Charlotte imbibed music without the limitation of genre. MORFO harks back to that rich archive, casting a warm glow over universal themes from partnership and trust to betrayal. Even when her words are sharp, as on “Bye” or single “Hello Hello”, the timbre of Charlotte’s voice softens the blow. She also stands more boldly in the footprints walked by her Brazilian ancestors. The result is a body of work steeped in history – both personal and familial – yet timeless.
The album, written from spring 2020 into 2021 and when her planned US tour was canceled, she was propelled into a cocoon of writing and rewriting allowing the project to morph from one thing into another as she herself evolved.
Beyond the sonics, the album title and artwork too connects to Brazil via the iridescent blue morpho butterfly native to the Amazon forest. Just as a butterfly journeys from unassuming larva to an airborne marvel, Charlotte incubated this album before it could reveal itself fully to her. She elbowed aside the pressures to be productive for productivity’s sake during the pandemic’s height. And she trusted herself and her collaborators, Josh Crocker (Kali Uchis, Celeste) and his Ivor Novello-nominated Gotts Street Park bandmate Tom Henry (Mabel, Rosie Lowe).
Charlotte Dos Santos
1. Hello Hello
2. The Player And The Fool
4. Away From You
5. Cupid’s Bow
7. Angel In Disguise
8. Filha Do Sol
9. Ghost In The Shell
11. Crooked House
12. Just Sayin’
13. Aria 4 Arien
Charlotte Dos Santos 2022 Tour Dates
10/19/2022 – Cosmopolite – Oslo, NO
10/20/2022 – Bar Brooklyn – Stockholm, SE
10/21/2022 – Vega – Copenhagen, DK
10/23/2022 – Lost Horizon – Bristol, UK
10/24/2022 – Deaf Institute – Manchester UK
10/25/2022 – Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
10/27/2022 – Hasard Ludique – Paris, FR
10/28/2022 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
10/29/2022 – Botanique – Brussels, BE
10/30/2022 – Bird – Rotterdam, NL
11/1/2022 – Jaki – Cologne, DE
11/2/2022 – Privatclub – Berlin, DE
11/3/2022 – Turmzimmer – Hamburg, DE
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