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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mon Laferte

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Mon Laferte - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Before her recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we had a chance to sit down with Chilean singer-songwriter and actress Mon Laferte and learn what she had been listening to, such as Brazilian legend Astrud Gilberto. "I'm in love with her voice," she told us, describing it as "super elegant." She went on to talk about the appeal of Brazilian music, saying, "It's delicate, it's elegant, it has an interesting harmony, and (is) at times happy, but not the type of happiness that's coarse, rough. It puts you in a very lovely state." Mon Laferte had equally eloquent and thoughtful things to say about all her picks, making for a wonderful What's In My Bag?

Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, aka Mon Laferte, ranks as Chile's artist with the most nominations in one year for the Latin Grammys: five nominations in 2017. That year, her Mon Laferte - Normasong "Amárrame" from the album La Trenza took home the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song. Known for fusing rock, electronic, blues, pop and bolero styles, Laferte began her musical career at age nine, when she won a singing contest. She released her first studio album, La Chica de Rojo, in 2003. Nine years later, she released a followup, Desechable, and was invited to serve as a judge on the Chilean version of The X Factor in 2012.

Laferte released Tornasol in 2013. Her ascent to superstardom in the Latin world came with the release of Mon Laferte, Vol.1 two years later. In 2016, her song "Tu Falta de Querer" received the Latin Video of the Year award at the MTV Millennial Awards and she was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album at the Latin Grammys. Her 2017 LP La Trenza continued her Grammys streak, with the aforementioned win for "Amárrame" and nominations for Album of The Year and Best Alternative Music Album. Laferte's latest album, Norma, was released in November 2018.

Among her Amoeba shopping finds, Laferte chose Chet Baker Sings, describing the jazz trumpeter/singer's voice as "minimalist, elegant and honest, with the most sensitivity possible," stating that she tries to embody those qualities in her own work. "I think it's one of the most beautiful voices." Laferte was excited to score a vinyl copy of Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco's Celia & Johnny. Having grown up knowing Cruz's later work, Laferte realized she "had missed the whole earlier period of her music, which was also the richest musically." She was happy that the record was released by Fania Records, telling us, "I have almost everything on Fania; I'm a superfan."

But which Brazilian singer has Mon Laferte been listening to while painting? And which jazz musician does she consider an artist beyond the classification of music? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Mon Laferte - What's In My Bag?
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