In Labaq’s soft new song “Abrandô” three countries meet: Brazil, Portugal and Italy.

Brazil is where Labaq, real name Larissa Nalini, comes from originally. But a few months before the pandemic started, she moved to Portugal. And when it did start, she was actually in Italy, and that’s where she got locked up for a few months.

“Abrandô” is her comeback single, half acoustic and half electronic. She is right to mention Bon Iver as a comparison, but we’d say that in spite of a similar sound, there’s less nostalgia and more optimistic than most of Bon Iver’s discography, and actually from Labaq’s earlier releases as well.

“Everything that still hurts, one day it will go away,” she sings, and she probably means not just the virus, but also her personal experiences.


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