After several years as the vocalist of the rock band Merlim, Felipe Lion decided to take advantage of a moment of inactivity of the band to start another project. During all this time he had accumulated a series of songs in Bossa Nova style and wanted to present this work to the public. With the support of his friend Douglas Capellato, also a singer, composer and musician, in 2013 he started an endless series of recording and re-recording sessions of this material. The initial idea was to form a duet, but plans changed when Douglas decided to live in Canada.
In 2014, taking advantage of what he recorded with Douglas, Lion continued working on the songs, including and excluding instruments, often fully recreating arrangements. At this point, the project already had a name, Last Aliens in Rio, and a definite proposal: to create something different starting from Bossa, a style Lion always loved, but that seemed enclosed between the eternal emulation of its idols and the secondary role of being the source of soft versions of international music hits.
Lion then brought together a group of young musicians and completed this first album which, to that date, only had songs in English. He sent this first version to several European and American labels. In no time he received several proposals, finally opting for label Mareld (Sweden) – linked to Substream Music Group –after Håkan Ludvigson, his art director, encouraged him to re-record the songs in Portuguese. The name Last Aliens in Rio was kept in English because everyone involved found it great.
The debut album, Teu Doce Jeito de Dizer Adeus (The Lovely Way You Say Goodbye), with ten songs signed by Lion – one in the company of Douglas Capellato – was released in June 2015 and remained for several weeks in the best-selling album list of iTunes Brazil. Teu Doce Jeito de Dizer Adeus also had a good international repercussion; the music O Luar da Havana (Havana Moonlight) entered the 31st place in the Single Jazz Chart of South Korea. During the same year, Last Aliens in Rio‘s songs were included in volumes 2 and 3 of the independent series Lounge Factory.
The second album of Last Aliens in Rio, Bossa Nova Hotel, was released in September 2016 by the Italian label RNC Music, immediately entering the general best-selling list of iTunes Brazil. Its ten songs are signed by Lion, two of them with Leandro Enrique. The base of the repertoire are Bossa Novas in 7/8 time, Lion’s trademark, such as the very “carioca” (from Rio) Onde Tu Tá? (Where Are You?) – Lion’s homage to the city where he was born.
Last Aliens in Rio is now preparing a tour to promote the songs from their first two albums and to show some new compositions made for their next album. This work is due to be released only in 2018, but in the meantime Felipe Lion and his band will continue to release singles and participate in jazz and lounge music complications, as well as playlists of the most diverse, such as Future Hits, which Air France offers to its passengers .
Clicking on the images of album covers, which are below, you can access the two albums released by Last Aliens in Rio, as well as the complications of various parts of the world, which included one or more of your music.