To Believe

by Érica

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Krzysztof Staniorowski
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Krzysztof Staniorowski Simple, warm songs with female vocal parts. Perfect when you're travelling (especially by train) and just want to chill out leaving all unwanted thoughts behind! :-) Favorite track: Sordid Game (Karaoke Bonus Track).
Bruno Torquato
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Bruno Torquato Minimal, but rich. Skillful vocals and arrangements. Favorite track: Digging My Weeds.
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about

MAWW Records is proud to present the amazing singer-songwriter Érica Alves with her solo project called "Érica". Born in Nova Friburgo, countryside of Rio de Janeiro, Érica has taken part in several different musical projects. She started doing lo-fi recordings using a Yamaha PSR series at age 12, played in psychedelic rock bands like "Café da meia noite" and "Motherfunk" in college, and currently lives in Sao Paulo working with the groups "The Drone Lovers" and "Anvil FX", both artists of our label.

Most of the songs on this tape were composed by Érica in 2009-2010. She moved to São Paulo and began working on these solo compositions with her friend Pedro Zopelar in his home studio.

"At first we recorded the demos in my room. We start creating grand arrangements with orchestra plug-ins, multiple channels, an entire band, but we had not achieved a truly authentic sound. Only after a while, when I bought my first Portastudio cassette, we decided to put this record to life. We rearranged everything in 4 channels and finally got the result we strived for! Something that sounds really soulful and homemade, without covering up the true vibes with pitch correctors or other digital resources. Nowadays, digital home studio tracks do not sound like they are made in bedrooms, so we found a way to give authenticity back to home recording," says Pedro Zopelar, producer and creator of MAWW Records.

Check out the strength of Érica's songs: near danceable lo-fi-trip-synth-pop with the good old "hiss" of an analog recording.

credits

released April 11, 2013

To Believe recorded in Sao Paulo/SP,
November 2012 - January 2013 on 8 tracks Yamaha MT8X Cassette.
Produced By: Pedro Zopelar.
All music and lyrics by Erica Alves.
All Arragements by Pedro Zopelar and Erica Alves.
Mixed and Mastered at home by Pedro Zopelar.
Cover Art by Pedro Zopelar.
Graphic Design by Kureb.

Publishing: Alternet Music.

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Track Name: To Believe
To Believe (Érica Alves)

To believe is to not believe in anybody else but yourself,
I can see what's inside of me,
I can walk a while,
I can run a mile.

To believe is to not believe in anybody else but your friends,
I can see what's inside of me,
I can walk a while,
I can run a mile.
Track Name: New Again
New Again (Érica Alves)

I'm with you again
I'm new again
Did you take my hand and let me make things fall again?
Take my hand and then you make me want to fall again.

I'm with you again
I'm new again
Won't you take my hand and make it like a dream again?
Don't like the way we come and then we go again?
... the love we often share... you've got the truth...

I'm with you again
I'm new again
Won't you take my hand and make it like a dream again?
Don't you like the way we come and then we go again?
... the love we often share... you've got the truth...
Track Name: Sordid Game
Sordid Game (Érica Alves)

They had a ton of good ideas
They never told us once before
I tried to disappear to see
It wasn't easy to ignore
We had a many good idea
That nobody liked to hear
And when we finally disappear
We all become each other’s ears

That’s why we play that sordid game
That’s why we punch at each other’s face
That’s why it’s so hard to get along
And we can’t do anything about that
Feel my pain
Yeah it’s come again,
It’s come again, it’s…

They had a ton of good ideas
They never told us once before
I tried to disappear to see
It wasn't easy to ignore
We had a many good idea
That nobody liked to hear
And when we finally disappear
We all become each other’s ears

Into our minds
Changing deeper day by day
If we fail again
We try again
We try again, we…

That’s why we play that sordid game
That’s why we punch at each other’s face
That’s why it’s so hard to get along
And we can’t do anything about that
Feel my pain
Yeah it’s come again,
It’s come again, it’s…
Track Name: Digging My Weeds
Digging My Weeds (Érica Alves)

This is the reason I'm awake
A possibility I must take
I have to write on your command
This genie I must be his friend

There is no other life I know
Got let him in
Breathing the dragon, letting it fly
Taking its wings and hovering by
The missing pieces in my hand
A newfound reason, a newfound end

This is the story of the story of the end
This is the way to heal my friend
The light's still beating on my skin
I'm still leaning on my chin

Out in my garden,
Digging my weeds,
The sounds of my children splashing away
The river runs peaceful into the pond
The air is so breezy,
The sun shines on me
Track Name: The River
The River (Érica Alves/ Thiago Cascabulho)

We're crossing the same river again
We're crossing the same river again
Look, I'm not quite the same
Although our names will never change
Look, I'm not quite the same
The way to forget to remain
Track Name: Don't Let Me In
Don’t Let me in (Érica Alves)

Don’t let me in
Don’t let the fire breathe in
Don’t let me out
Because there’s nothing to worry about

Clocks full of time
Roads full of way
To help us save the day
Pain in my heart
Pain from the window
Which just passes by

White, mellow down my mind
Find out my tiny little rhyme
The one I sang when all was
Behind me

Don’t let me in
Don’t let the fire breathe in
Don’t let me out
Because there’s nothing to worry about

Make me a clown
Make me a merry fantasy
Create all the joy
The joy, the joy, the joie de vivre
Of my very choice

White, mellow down my mind
Find out my tiny little rhyme
The one I sang when all was
Behind me