New album due out in 2019: Born into a family of Fado singers, Pedro Moutinho has by now created his own space in the Fado scene, and his new album – to be released in the spring of 2019 – will prove once more why he’s one of the most distinctive young voices in the genre and winner of the Amália Rodrigues award.
His previous album on Warner, “O Fado em Nós”, is a unique recording made not in a traditional studio but in the heart of Lisbon’s Fado neighborhood, Alfama.
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It is said that “birds of a feather flock together”, and it is understandable this popular phrase would be applied to Pedro Moutinho. After all, this remarkable singer comes from what is probably the first family of contemporary Portuguese Fado. His brothers are Camané, the singer whose impeccable career has become the standard by which all others are judged; and Hélder Moutinho, singer, lyricist, producer, one of the most versatile and admired of all current Fado singers.
By now, however, Pedro Moutinho has enough of a career of his own that it is unfair to compare him to his brothers. Three studio albums into his career and with one Amália Award under his belt, Pedro has already proved he is blazing his own path, his own way.
Of course, there are points in common. The passion for Fado, the national melancholy song that Pedro has been singing since he was 11; the perfectionism, the rigorous presence, giving constantly all of himself in each show or recording. But Pedro has his own sensibility, and his voice and intensity have carved a specific, and well-deserved, niche for him in the current panorama of Fado.
His first album, “Primeiro Fado”, was released ten years ago, in 2003, and each new release has brought him higher and farther than the previous. The second album, 2006’s “Encontro”, marked his encounter with the perfect producer to help him shape his path: Carlos Manuel Proença, one of the most acclaimed accompanists of modern Fado. The third album, in 2009, was “Um Copo de Sol”, his most successful to date, both with the public and the critics. In 2011 he released “Lisboa Mora Aqui”, a compilation of material from the three albums with a few new songs tantalizingly sugesting what would come next.
What has come next was his fourth studio album, released in 2013 by Parlophone Music,“O Amor Não Pode Esperar” ,again produced by Carlos Manuel Proença.
As in previous albums, the record showed his respect for the heritage of Fado: he has asked contemporary lyricists such as Aldina Duarte, Manuela de Freitas or Tiago Torres da Silva to write new words for the traditional Fado melodies.. But Pedro also introduced his own tangents to the genre, by recording either new material or cover versions usually not connected to Fado.
Acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Amélia Muge started a long time collaboration with a singer by contributing with two new songs, one of them the single “Rua da Esperança”. The choice of covers did go from the singer-songwriter stylings of Portuguese veteran Fausto Bordalo Dias’ “Eu Tenho um Fraquinho por Ti” to Brazilian Marcos Valle’s “Preciso Aprender a Ser Só”, a 1960s bossa nova classic recorded previously by Elis Regina among many others.
And yet, the end result was unmistakably Fado, unmistakably Portuguese, unmistakably Pedro Moutinho., one of the great contemporary Fado singers.
In 2016 Pedro released ”O Fado em Nós” (The Fado within each One of Us)
Recorded in the heart of the memory of fado singers – Museu do Fado (Fado Museum) – out of the conventional recording studios, this album has the taste of a live performance with all of us as virtual listeners.
It brings us the ritual that fulfills itself simultaneously, where the exceptional Portuguese guitar, guitar and an outstanding acoustic bass breathe together with the voice and intensify the touch when they feel it scathing and daring, playfully accentuating the irony or the invitation to the dance of life, or trembling, after an anticipated silence, when the solo voice reveals the utter dimension of loneliness.
Watch here the new video of the song “Leva-me Contigo”
Watch here “Fado da Contradição”
«Pedro Moutinho has a strong voice, a good taste on the repertoire choice, an elegant style, an unbeatable wording and soberness that excludes any remarks.»
João Miguel Tavares in Time Out