Pitty is an influential Brazilian alternative rock solo artist who was born Priscilla Novaes Leone on October 7, 1977, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and raised in Porto Seguro. Her nickname was derived from her diminutive stature, but she makes up for her height with big talent. Pitty is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar, piano and drums. She started her career as the drummer for the all-female rock band Shes (1997-1999), then as the singer for the hardcore punk band Inkoma (1995-2001). She became a solo artist after Inkoma disbanded, at the urging of producer Rafael Ramos, and, eventually, became one of the best selling Brazilian rock artists of the 2000s. Her main influences include Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Metallica, AC/DC, The Smiths, The White Stripes, The Mars Volta, Muse, and others. Pitty is also one half of the Brazilian folk duo Agridoce with Martin Mendonça. Pitty plays piano, Mendonça plays guitar, and both sing. Agridoce is inspired by the music of Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith, and their self-titled debut (2011) includes a cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”.
Pitty’s solo debut Admiravel Chip Novo (2003), whose title was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s 1931 novel Brave New World, was the biggest selling Brazilian rock album of 2003. Five singles (“Máscara”, “Admirável Chip Novo”, “Teto de Vidro”, “Equalize”, and “Semana Que Vem”) were released, all with videos, while a sixth (“I Wanna Be”) was released without a video. “Máscara” is often covered by other Brazilian artists, including my favorite Brazilian pop/rockers Fake Number. “Máscara” is about hiding behind false impressions of who you really are. In the bridge, Pitty sings, in English, “I had enough of it and I don’t care.” The theme of falsity, and the consequence of revealing the truth, is reiterated in the often covered as well “I Wanna Be”. Pitty sings, in English, “I wanna be away from here,” then adds, in Portuguese, “When the bomb explodes!” Google Translate is awesome!
Watch the videos for “Máscara” and “Admirável Chip Novo” here:
Watch the videos for “Anacrônico” and “Memórias” here:
Watch Pitty perform “No Escuro” live here:
Watch the video for Fracasso here:
Pitty (Solo) Discography
2003 – Admirável Chip Novo [Album]
2005 – Anacrônico [Album]
2007 – (Des)Concerto Ao Vivo (live recording) [Album]
2007 – Estúdio Coca-Cola: Pitty e Negra Li (live recording) [EP]
2009 – Chiaroscuro [Album]
2011 – A Trupe Delirante No Circo Voador (live recording) [Album]
Agridoce is, surprisingly, a pretty cool side project. I say surprisingly because I’m not much a fan of folk music, rock or otherwise. Agridoce‘s songs are Americana-ish, like Ryan Adams‘ softer acoustic side, and, I love Ryan Adams. Pitty sings in Portuguese, English and even French (I think) in Agridoce. “Embrace the Devil”, “Dançando” and “Romeu” are my favorites.
Watch the video for “Dançando” here:
2011 – Agridoce [Album]
2012 – Agridoce E.P. [EP]
Inkoma was the complete opposite of Agridoce. Inkoma played loud, aggressive punk rock. Their debut, Influir (2000), was just 9 songs in 20 minutes. “Não me importo” is my favorite track. If they have more releases I can’t find any.
Watch the video for “Soneto” here:
2000 – Influir [Album]