Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges’ dreamy Brazilian ballad O Trem Azul is our Song for Sunday this week.
The World Cup is into the knockout stages, the part where it’s do or die. Moments like this can bring tension but here at Sampleface, we’re always ready to keep things mellow on a Sunday evening and our Brazilian-themed song is perfect. Milton Nascimento is a Brazilian legend and developed his love for music through his adopted parents; his mother being a music teacher and his father a former radio station owner. Milton would occasionally DJ on the station before joining a couple of samba groups. But it was his move to Belo Horizonte and joining up with singer-songwriter Lô Borges that led to the formation of the Clube da Esquina, or “corner club” movement.
“O Trem Azul” is taken from their 1972 debut Clube da Esquina and sees the pair glide effortlessly over a somewhat unusual composition from a nation synonymous with jazzy undertones. The album itself is a dream bubble on double vinyl but O Trem Azul (The Blue Train) is one of the standout tracks and carries a strong element of melancholy in the vocals, the melodies and the lyrics (very loosely translated): “Things we forget to say/Phrases in the wind that comes to remind/Things that took time to say/ In the song of the wind that does not get tired of flying”.
Stream it below.