Complicated Animals, consisting of Brazilian-American vocalist Monica da Silva and guitarist and producer Chad Alger, mixes breezy indie pop with a touch of vintage Brazilian Bossa Nova Friday at Edwin Mills by Equator in Old Pasadena.
Calling their style “indie nova,” Complicated Animals released their debut album “Brasillissima” under da Silva’s name in 2011, featuring songs in both Portuguese and English. The disc earned the pair interest from music critics and bloggers alike.
The track “Aí Então” was chosen by Jacob Edgar, owner of Cumbancha Records and music compiler of Putumayo World Music, from among thousands of songs to be included in the Putumayo compilation album, “Brazilian Beat.”
A second song from the CD, the psychedelic-inspired “That’s Not the Way,” was chosen by ESPN to be played during programming of the 2014 World Cup.
Check them out at facebook.com/complicatedanimals. — John Sollenberger
Music starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Edwin Mills by Equator, 22 Mills Place, Pasadena. No cover. Call (626) 564-8656 or visit edwinmills.com.