BREEZING up from Jacksonville, Complicated Animals, the musical lovechild of singer-songwriter Monica da Silva and producer/musician Chad Alger, is going to transform The Sentient Bean into a jazzy seafront lounge.
“People always say, ‘What kind of music is it?’ says da Silva. “I always said, ‘kind of Brazilian, kind of American!’ We always felt kind of indie, kinda bossa nova.”
Thus, Complicated Animals dubbed their sound “indie nova,” touching on Brazilian tradition and Belle & Sebastian-style pop whimsy.
Da Silva took up piano and flute at just six years old; Alger began drums at three. Now, Alger handles guitar duties, while Da Silva carries the melody in her crisp-as-an-autumn-leaf croon, breaking away from the mic for a turn on the flute and melodica.
In February, de Silva and Alger released In this Game, their debut EP. The duo worked on the record for a year while tucked away in a Michigan cabin.
“It was a rotation between coffee, wine, work, music, bonfire—stuff we hadn’t been doing before,” da Silva recounts. “It helped us get back to nature and what we were wanting to do.”
The results are perfectly summery and gently catchy; stream it on the beach beneath a big umbrella, on the porch with mimosa accompaniment, or driving with the windows down.