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Illyin Pipes

Today we have a great new group, to me at least,  from the great frozen north, Toronto, Canada.
They are down tempo synth-pop duo, Illyin Pipes, and they’ve just released their second single, “Daylight Confidant’’ from their debut EP Spaces.

“Daylight Confidant” dropped three days ago on December 1st and don’t forget to look out for the debut Illyin Pipes EP Spaces, February 2018.

“The song was written after a blurry night spent consoling a friend who was falling apart, while masking my own breakdown.” Jill Harris (vocalist of Illyin Pipes).

This single has a beautiful ethereal sound to it, glistening synths and the warmly awesome sound of Jill Harris. You just sink back into it and enjoy your surroundings.

Daylight Confidant

I don’t know how I missed this, but this was the first single from Illyin Pipes about four months ago and it is absolutely spellbinding.
Along with the scenery there is so much to enjoy with this video, once again there are the awesome glistening synths and the beautiful voice. Their sound is so warm and beautiful I just want to sink back and luxuriate in it.
Waking Up

Directed/Filmed/Produced by Illyin Pipes
© Illyin Pipes 2017

Chabliz

Thinking about some of the great bands I have featured before my mind wandered on to the warm, beautiful voice of Petra de Winter and her wonderful band Chabliz. So I set out to see what they had been up to.
Earlier this month they dropped their latest release “Straight Stories”. It’s been a few years in the making, but masterpieces take time. They recorded and produced this album themselves, a pretty heavy load I would have to guess.
As I mentioned the album is called “Straight Stories” and you need it in your collection.

Chabliz are the popnoir / gothicjazz band from the Netherlands, featuring the awesome voice of Petra de Winter, Pim van Riezen (piano) & Marcel Peters (acoustic double bass).

So, we’re all caught up right?  So let’s get to the music, the wonderful dark delicious sound that is Chabliz.

Here is the awesome title track from their previous album performed live @ de Regentenkamer, The Hague, during the album release show of the new “Straight Stories” album (2017):
Nightporter

“Nightporter” written by Petra de Winter and Marcel Peters. They wrote the song after watching Liliane Cavani’s movie “The Nightporter.”
“We apologize for the bad sound quality of this live video. For the bathroom/ swimming pool sound of it. Some of our fans abroad were waiting to watch a live video of our album release concert, so here it is. Hopefully it will give an impression anyway, despite the bad sound quality of this live video.” Chabliz

 

From the new album an amazing live version of the Michael Jackson song, a version like you have never heard before. This is totally unique, and beautiful in it’s dark grandeur. Throw in a touch of Bach, some opera and punk rock and you have the Chabliz concoction, awesome.
Billie Jean

Recorded & filmed by RikJanssen  & Eline van Hooff at June 12, 2016.

 

As I mentioned above it has taken a few years to bring this album, this masterpiece to fruition. In the meantime they were performing these songs here, there and everywhere. Honing the style and the arrangements. This is from a couple of years ago a very unique presentation (with a very cute angel) of track seven from the album.
Imitating Angels

Written by The Nymphs(Inger)
Little angel : Naomi Peters
Regie, camera, montage – Riske de Vries
Directed by Riske de Vries
Light & assist – Caroline Keman, Paula Vonhof, Marieke Huisman Visagie – Esther Phaff
Color grading – Tess van Schie.
Song production and mixing: Pim van Riezen and Petra de Winter
Song arrangement : Chabliz
Song mastering: Pim van Riezen, Arizona mastering, Petra de Winter.
Song recording: Pim van Riezen and Ap de Ree

 

Well you knew I wouldn’t let you go without a chance to listen to the album. But do yourself a favor and get your own copy, the song “Poppies in Flanders Fields” alone is worth the price of the album. I’m so glad they included it on the album.  A beautiful tribute to those that gave all.

Straight Stories

 

MOZART HEROES

And we’re back.

The blog has been quite for a while, I was indisposed elsewhere. Hopefully I can now get back to a more regular series of updates.

OK, so when I was searching for something else I came across this awesome duo. If you are a regular you will know my penchant for stringed instruments, in particular guitars, cellos and violins. So here we go two out of three ain’t bad.
Then take another penchant of mine, classical / rock crossover.

So meet MOZART HEROES, Chris Krebs (Violoncello) and Phil Seeholzer (guitar) and they hail from Lucerne, Switzerland. And they play like the devil is on their ass. This is some amazing kick ass rock n roll.

Now this is the first track that put me in their realm. An awesome blending o

f Mozart and Metallica. I love the way that this track starts of in such a genteel manner, albeit a tad faster than one would expect. And then the fury erupts.
Kick back and enjoy.
Mozart – Metallica (Symphony No. 40 – Enter Sandman)

©Copyright 2015 by MOZART HEROES and SOUNDCATERING GmbH
www.mozartheroes.com
Producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Peter “Jackson” Arnold
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Executive producer: Augenblickmedia GmbH
– Symphony No. 40 written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– Enter Sandman written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich & Kirk Hammett

 

You start of with a beautiful arrangement of La Catedral, and then of course you get Thunderstruck. The AC/DC piece has long been a favorite, and was even more so when friends of ours got married and the grooms 85 year old father escorted the bride down the isle to the sound of Thunderstruck. Awesome event, as is this video.
Barrios – AC/DC (Thunderstruck)

©Copyright 2017 by MOZART HEROES and SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Kim Sokola + Simon Bolzern
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
This is a arrangement by MOZART HEROES playing:
– Augustin Barrios, La Catedral
– AC/DC, Thunderstruck written by Angus and Malcom Young

 

The biggest problem as I wonder through their repertoire is what to include and what to leave out. I couldn’t leave this out being a big James Bond fan as well as a huge fan of Adele. This is a bit more gentle.
James Bond Medley

©Copyright 2015 by MOZART HEROES and SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Mixing: Ralph Zünd @ 2INCH RECORDS.COM
Mastering: Dan Suter @ ECHOCHAMBER.CH
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Executive producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH

– Skyfall written by Adele & Paul Epworth
– Diamonds are Forever written by John Barry
– The World is not enough written by David Arnold & Don Black
– Dr. No Main Theme written by Monty Norman

 

I’m a sucker for everything “Game of Thrones”, especially the theme tune. I sit through it for every episode even though it is on DVR and I could fast forward to the action. This is an awesome mesh of Suite No 1, G Major and the main theme from GOT. Got it? Enjoy it.
Game of Thrones – Bach

©Copyright 2015 by MOZART HEROES and SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Silvan Bucher, syn http://www.synbol.ch
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Dancers: Emma Skyllbäck, Maurice Klemm
Fire Artist: Joseph Stenz http://www.feuertanz.ch
Filmed at castle Attinghausen, Switzerland

– Suite No 1, G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach
– Main Theme “Game of Thrones” written by Ramin Djawadi

We’ll have to make this the last of the day. And what a gem, a straight up rendering of Vivaldi, and i love me some Vivaldi. This is from a live appearance in the Stadtkeller, Lucerne (CH). And what an awesome way to leave them.
Bravo!!!
Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Presto) Summer Storm

©Copyright 2017 by MOZART HEROES and SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH
Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Till Gmür, http://www.tillgmuer.com
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Assistent: Andreas Bossard

– Written by: Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons, Presto Summer