ailaika

ailaika

 London, England, GBR
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cowboys in love, cadillacs and blue maggots crawling at a girl's door - that's ailaika!
the brazilian dreampop duo now releases their second album, bringing out their passion for synthesizers, 80's pop, voice effects and surreal imagery. yay!

Biography

*ailaika* is luv.
*ailaika* is synthfantasy. retrofuture. my grandma.

Currently living in London, the brazilian dreampop duo started making music back in 2009, with their first independent EP *leveleve*.

Four years later, Susana Bragatto (voice/samplers) and Zé Ruivo (keyboards/programming) release their passion for synthesizers, 80's pop, surreal imagery and many voice effects with their second album, *an age of love*.

On 2013, *an age of love* was elected the 7th best brazilian album release of 2012 by embrulhador.com, on a top 100 chart that included new and well-known artists such as Céu, Caetano, Bossacucanova and others (http://www.embrulhador.com/2013/01/Os100melhores2012.html). Plus, it was cited as one of the five best national albums of the year by the chief editor of Showlivre, the biggest music site of Brasil (http://msn.showlivre.com.br/home/itemblog/3981/33444?link=54.html).

The album was a co-work with the São Paulo producer Apollo9, who's already assisted artists such as Rita Lee, Otto, Cibelle and N.A.S.A.It was recorded on the S.A. Plant Studio, in São Paulo, run by Apollo9 and the american producer Roy Cicala (Record Plant Studios, NY).

Synthpop, dreampop and strange lyrics on cadillacs, love and squirrels fill in the songs. Vintage mixing and recording equipment are present all over the album, like eighties’ synths, an oberheim drum machine (on “Squirrel Dance”), a harmonium organ (“Blue Maggot”) and a lovely omnichord, an early eighties’ electronic autoharp (on "Lazy Cat" and "Lick my Body").

João Parahyba (Trio Mocotó, Jorge Ben, Suba), Eric Budney (bass and acoustic bass - Jair Oliveira, Luciana Mello) and James Müller (Funk como Le Gusta) are some of the musicians who contributed on this project.

The legendary brazilian singer Odair José is the special guest on the mambo-chanson "Tristinha”.

TRIVIA

it's us, meu!: dreampop, synthpop, lounge
hellokeyttywords: retrofuture, fantasy pop, sweetness, chill out, contemplation, dream, smooth psychedelia.
some ((absolutely free)) inspirations: Goldfrapp, David Lynch, PJ Harvey, Metronomy, Hyldon, Peaches, Devo, Bat for Lashes, Gorillaz, Nino Rota, Björk, João Donato, Little Dragon, Erasmo Carlos, New Order, The Kills, Cowboy Junkies, B-52’s, Beck, Ingmar Bergman, Chet Baker, Angelo Badalamenti, books for children, lullabies, su's-mom-humming-a-japanese-song and so on.

*****

Lyrics

blue maggot

Written By: susana bragatto

I had no fear inside my heart
I guess I knew from the start
that it was so
so easy

to crawl beneath your legs
like a maggot
made of blue and light

I see your dusty eyes staring
at me but I cannot live without you, dear
I hear your creepy steps at my door
but I can't live
live without your love

I knew from the start
it wouldn't go far
I knew right from the start
that it wouldn't go far

we shared a single moment
like a dream
I didn't know who I was
but it was so
so sweet, dear

then I opened the gates at dawn
and I met wet, nasty traces of you

still now
I feel your eyes sucking me
I'm bleeding love, love without you, dear
the kiss of sweet devotion is gone
the window blows
blows this sad, sad wind

I knew from the start
it wouldn't go far (be far)…

an age of love

Written By: susana bragatto / zé ruivo

This is the story of concon johnny, the mean cowboy
those who are here since the beginning of times say dreadful things about him
that he's got guns and guts to feed himself with innocent birds
oh, but that's not new to my tired eyes
but one day his eyeballs twinkled differently

He said, my God, now I'm seeing things and speaking norwegian
my god! there's something wrong with me and I'd better see the chicken!

and they popped out of under the bed and said,
what do you think you're feeling, you asshole?
it's love you're feeling, you dumb! asshole cowboy
now get out of my way
cause I've got some hot worms to dig
and the poor concon fell on his knees and said, I think it's true, yes, it's true!

A-no no no no no
ah no no no no

Then concon met the plastic power
there's something called fantastic plastic power
but I'd rather call it fantastic lover
with wet wings of heaven to guide the lost into an age of love...

A-no no no no
ah no no no

ah! the beauty of the sun...
hello?

((einstein))

I feel so much better, babe
and my heart so pure
nobody said to me, on your way
hold your dreams and just be true

A-no no nono
ah no no nonooo

self control

Written By: susana bragatto / zé ruivo / emiliano kore

the first time he appeared to me
it was a hot night
with bees and pines and empty hearts
and all I know is
ever since then I've been melting like candle wax or something

there was a time when I used to be split
all my tiniest parts spread on the wall
one night a light came over the window
and he said go high, go high

he said, now
you better have self control
and now
I better have self control, complete control
I guess now
you better have self control
cause you'll need it

tonight is the moment I live for
so I wander 'til my feet get sore
he said, you've been mistaken, my girl
cause the door is right behind your own eyes

never had I loved a yearning as I did when I climbed that cliff
he said, yeah, but back then no one threw flowers and baby sitters on the void
so I laugh and laugh and laugh some more
don't make me mad, don't want to go mad

he said, now
you better have self control...

again my heart
again my --

now, you better have self control
and now, I better have self control, complete control
I guess now
I dream of leaves falling down the golden trees
no matter how lonely you
how daring you
I'll mind that you...
I'm loving you

early morning

Written By: susana bragatto / zé ruivo

early morning
I'm all alone with you
and I need some time to be alone
and pray

early morning
I'm gonna need you
I'm gonna seek you
in every tree
and every shadow
I will look inside me
so I can find you
and hold you

late at night
and I'm feeling alone
I'm gonna find myself some time to pray
praise the love
alone by myself
alone... early morning

I'm gonna need you
I'm gonna find you
I'm gonna seek you
even if I have to spend my whole life
I am gonna find you
in every tree, in every shadow

if you let me fly
I will follow you

tristinha (feat. odair josé)

Written By: susana bragatto

Você não sabe o quanto eu esperei
pra ver a luz surgir no meu quintal
há tanto tempo que eu não sei por quê
saí correndo e quis dizer por mal

Jogando alguma carta fora
não me vá embora
que eu não sei viver

A dor, meu bem
é a ode do poeta ao amor ausente
querer é perder mil vezes
a tua mão da minha
é rasgar as recordações e esperar o dia
então venha tudo o que vier
vamos transformar em luz
já dizia o poeta
que o importante é viver
é amar sem sofrer
meu amor, meu bem, ma femme

Mordi o canto do sofá da sala
todo dente não me serve pra arrancar
essa dor
cor de caqui
batom rouge noir
eu vou

Cuspir tua lembrança longe
do meu horizonte
de papel machê
de papel machê...

lick my body

Written By: susana bragatto / zé ruivo

Hello!
are you feeling alone?
do you feel the world is a hard place to live in?
well, I have an invitation for you!

Let your groovy hips guide the way to
our magic home on the hill
there will be some girls and bananas
and a fancy pool where I'm in

Tattoo will meet you on the corner
let him introduce you to a brand new dance.
hooray!!

*******

trippin' in the moonlight
we head to where the mist of love is so fine

golden birds and stars lead the way
and cast a little spell of desire

If you want my body
lick all my body tonight
if you want my body
lick all my body tonight

Let your body flow to the rhythm
babe there's no room to be shy

put your arms around me and tell that
I'm the only girl in your heart

if you want my body
lick all my body tonight

gaarotoo,
estow idorando isto!
vamos dar uma vaulta palo jardeen
eel keroo bylaar com voceeh
veshah a looah... kee leendah!

I close my eyes and I feel
the touch of your lovely fur
let me dream the whole world ends up in our tongues
come on, touch me, tease me
come on, hold me
lick me, lick me

(let's party party party!)

Let your body flow to the rhythm
babe there's no room to be shy

golden birds and stars lead the way
and cast a little spell of desire

if you want my body
lick all my body tonight...

say that you will stay with me
there's so much to share with you
under this bright moon
oh, with you
under this bright bright moon...

pink

Written By: susana bragatto

here is our theme
here is our answer
the answer is here
I want the whole thing
it's pink!
yeahbeibe it's pink!

women scream loud
men turn necks to see
black banished
out of dust
it's pink
yeahbeibe it's pink!

I saw it reflected in the mirror
up there on the ceiling
you and me were lying on the persian carpet
we were sinking

think pink
don't let the beige run
your thing
forget the waste and
think pink
why don't you dye your
hair pink
and if it fails you might
eat some candyfloss...

let's go for a stroll in the park
let's feel the wind blowing on our faces
our pink cheeks
smiley cheeks!
in the summer breeze
in the summer breeze...

cadillac

Written By: susana bragatto / zé ruivo

Quando você me deixou
eu pensei duas vezes, meu bem
isso não está certo
não, não, não

Quando você me deixou
eu pensei duas vezes, meu bem
isso não vai dar certo
não, não, não

Agora que eu não tenho mais pra onde olhar
eu sonho com ele
Já que eu não tenho mais pra onde olhar
sonho com ele

yayayaaa

Me dê a mão, devolva
a luz que irradia de nós
quando estamos juntos
ié, ié, ié

Agora que eu não tenho mais pra onde olhar...

Eu sigo só, que se dane
eu bebo meu chazinho sozinha
acho a minha cura
busco a minha cura
acho a minha cura
sou a minha cura

Discography

an age of love (2012 - tratore)
leveleve (2009 - tratore)

Set List

*instrumental intro
*blue maggot
*stormy weather (version)
*sorriso dela (version - erasmo carlos)
*tatata thee
*lick my body
*an age of love
*she's leaving home
*everybody's gotta learn sometime (version)
*early morning
*self control
*cadillac
*tristinha
*lazy cat
*tainted love (version)
*esquilo