Salvador Sobral’s bpm has been nominated for Best Engineered Album at the Latin Grammy Awards.
The award, which goes to the engineers and mixers behind the album rather than the artist, honours excellence in technical aspects of creation. Deft engineers and mixers weave sounds together, making sure they balance and complement one another and the singer’s lead vocal. Without their technical prowess, an amazing album could wind up feeling a bit meh and devoid of emotion.
Salvador took the time to shout out to each member of the team in an Instagram post, writing:
“Congratulations to Leo Aldrey (producer and mixing engineer), Rafael Giner (mixing engineer), Nelson Carvalho (sound engineer) and Tiago Sousa (mastering engineer) for being nominated for Best Engineered Album, with bpm, at the Latin Grammys.”
Previous winners include Rosalia’s El Mal Querer and Shakira’s Fijación Oral Vol. 1.
Salvador Sobral’s BPM
The LP features 13 jazz songs, including our fave “sangue so meu sangue”.
Translating to “Blood of my blood,” it showcases the Eurovision 2017 winner’s jazz stylings. It’s predominantly a slow piano ballad, but it does swerve toward the dramatic in the middle with the addition of some drums and guitars.
On social media, Sobral said the song was the “best lyrics/music combination of the album”. Meanwhile, the accompanying music video was filmed in an underground passageway. Shot in one take, it focuses on the passage of time and the changing of seasons.
While most of the tracks are in Portuguese, there are also two English-language songs. Upon releasing the album, Salvador noted on Instagram that the process of creating the LP had been difficult at times, but worth it in the end.
“I’m still convinced that I’m more of an interpreter than a composer, but the experience of having created our ‘semillas’, writing lyrics, arranging and then listening to those arrangements with the band, recording, doing overdubs, singing back vocals and even mixing was such a painful and tumultuous trip that it become a wonderful and freeing ride. These are my beats per minute, hope you enjoy.”
Carolina Deslandes also secures nomination
But Salvador isn’t the only Festival da Canção alum in the mix.
Carolina Deslandes is up for Best Long Form Music Video for “Mulher.” The video is a staggering 32 minutes.
The Idol alum placed second in the 2021 national final with her song “Por um triz”.
Are you a fan of the album? Do you feel that technical prowess and does it give you all the feels? Let us know in the comments box down below.