“Bandida” is the second single from new Stones Throw artist Gabriel da Rosa. Video by Eric Coleman.

New Stones Throw signing Gabriel da Rosa brings a contemporary edge to traditional bossa nova on his new track “Bandida.” The song came about after Gabriel spent an idle night in, drinking wine and strumming his guitar. He says, “the wine and my guitar brought out some bittersweet thoughts – all day I’m surrounded by amazing people, real friends and acquaintances, but at the end of the day, I’m alone.”

Channeling Joao Gilberto, Gabriel reflects on how “people will always come and go in your life / for better or for worse / it’s something you can’t really control / a beautiful curse.” Eric Coleman’s video for “Bandida” was filmed at 1642, a neighborhood music bar in the heart of Los Angeles.

Growing up in rural southern Brazil with a radio DJ for a father and poet mother, Gabriel was exposed to all kinds of music from his home country, but it wasn’t until he moved to L.A. that he began curating Brazilian records, DJing and writing and recording songs. He wrote “Bandida” with Pedro Dom (a musician who’s worked with the likes of Seu Jorge, Rodrigo Amarante and Latin Grammy Award winner Ian Ramil). The song was mixed by Mario C of Beastie Boys fame.

“Bandida” follows “Jasmim Parte 1” released earlier this year.

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