Love, love, love… Carioca’s band, Letuce, is lead by the couple – Leticia Novaes and Lucas Vasconcelos, a duo that can make even the most cynical ones change their conceptions about love. In January, the group released their second album, Manja Perene, conceived, in part, during a pre-nuptial travel around Europe in 2010.
Leticia is a gorgeous 5.9 feet diva with long hair and even longer legs. Originally from Rio’s northbound suburbs, she combines the sense of humour of a sharp stand up comedian (she’s also an actress), with the sex appeal of a Brazilian goddess, and the delicacy of a woman in an everlasting love for her partner and band mate. Lucas is a laid back lad who would easily fit in the cast of a Brazilian beach soap star. And besides debuting as a singer on “Areja Fina” and “Anatomia Sexual, he is a firm instrumentalist with terrific ability to fit beautiful, soulful riffs to whatever melodies Leticia comes up with, being those the pop chronicles of daily love or funny, live versions of dragging sambas.
When performing live, their Dada musical intimacy concerts are usually strong post-tropicalist acts made of love ballads such as “Horizontalizar” (a slang to to get laid) and the resilient “Ninguém Muda Ninguém” (nobody changes nobody). In their new album, Leticia also came to terms with her vocals. In “Pra passear” she leaves no doubt of her outstanding talent as a contralto, second to none in the vast spectrum of new – and often boring – flawless bossa-nova female singers. English spoken people can also have a sip of her lyrics in “Chess Trip”.
The full album is available for listen on their soundcloud page: here
Link for a video of “Insoniazinha”, the first single of Manja Perene: here