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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

 

Fascinating Aïda

I can’t believe it’s been this long since Fascinating Aïda was here, they are so funny.
On an earlier post in the old blog I had two of their great songs “Cheap Flights” and “Dogging”, both particularly British phenomenons.

Fascinating Aïda have in the past been described as “Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrew Sisters.”

So after checking around I found some new songs I’d missed.

First up is Fascinating Aïda’s post-Brexit song, this is hilarious whether you were for or agin Brexit. Or even if you don’t care. Check it out.

So Sorry Scotland

Sung by Fascinating Aïda at the Spiegeltent, Assembly, Edinburgh Festival 2016. “SO SORRY SCOTLAND”by Lyrics by Adèle Anderson, Liza Pulman & Dillie Keane: Music by Dillie Keane. Filmed by LA Media. With enormous thanks to William Burdett-Coutts and Sharon Burgess.

Now this one resonates with me a bit, and only they could make it funny. Though to be accurate Laura Linney did a pretty good job on it in the Showtime series a few years back.

So kick back and enjoy their take on the Big C.
Big C

As part of World Cancer Day (4th Feb 2017), we’ve decided to release this song on YouTube. Adèle, of course, was diagnosed with Big C in the spring of 2015 and we felt we had to write a song about it, if only to make ourselves laugh. It made it into our 2016 Edinburgh show – “Back In The Saddle” – and when we finally reconvene in 2018, it will no doubt make an appearance then too. Filmed by LA Media at the Assembly Spiegeltent, taken from the Fascinating Aïda DVD BACK IN THE SADDLE, available from their website.

For those of us outside the UK. Here the official version, but I like the Fascinating Aïda description better.
“OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.”
Enjoy this song about Ofsted.
OFSTED song for teachers

Fascinating Aïda in this video are: Dillie Keane in the blue. Adele Anderson in red. And, in yellow, the glorious Liza Pulman.

This final gem tips their hat to Gilbert & Sullivan among others, only Fascinating Aïda could bring humour into the banking arena. Enjoy.
The Market

Rachel Mason

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Touted as “one of the most creative forces in the world” by Impose Magazine, Mason is best known in music circles for delivering fantastical narratives which interweave musical, theatrical and narrative elements into unexpected operatic journeys. She is also blessed with an awesome voice.

Rachel Mason has a new album to be released this month.
Comprised of eight tracks, the ‘Das Ram’ album conveys the stories of specific characters who define and delight in their own realities and cosmologies. Individuals who create their own world views, their own religions, and fantasy lives. “Das Ram” is an inversion of the name of renowned healer Ram Dass, and also a play on Mason’s own initials, Rachel Ann Mason. The tracks were produced by Los Angeles based writer, artist and musician Jeff Hassay.

This is the second single from her forthcoming ‘Das Ram’ LP, entitled ‘Heart Explodes’. The video is both metaphorically relevant and creepy, as is her commentary on the motivation behind this song.
‘Heart Explodes’ is a metaphor for allowing oneself the freedom to destroy one’s old identity and to find a new paradigm from which to dream. ”Women are often offered a set of limitations from an early age, and these restrictions determine so much of one’s destiny. Yet, there can be great things that arise from limitation, but controlling one’s own set of rules, one’s own box, one’s own destiny is the key,” explains Rachel Mason.
Heart Explodes

Directors: Rachel Mason and Aksel Stasny
Executive Producer: Dmitriy Ivolgin
Producer: Aksel Stasny
Director of Photography: Aksel Stasny
Music Production and Engineering: Jeff Hassey

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This was the first single from the album ‘Das Ram’.
A totally confusing, enjoyable, amazing video.
One that you will have to view many times to understand it.
Cool.
Tigers In the Dark

Directed by Matthew Spiegelman
Choreography by Haylee Nichele,
Song by Rachel Mason and Jeff Hassay
Lyrics by Rachel Mason
Costume and Makeup by Rachel Mason

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In addition Rachel Mason has recorded 13 albums and created many music videos. Her feature film The Lives of Hamilton Fish toured the world in 2015 and recently released on VOD. Mason has exhibited her visual art and performance work at museums, film and performance festivals internationally and at many of the country’s leading art galleries.
Here’s one of the songs from The Lives of Hamilton Fish for your enjoyment.
The White Crow

The White Crow is a song from the epic indie opera film and album, “The Lives of Hamilton Fish.”
In this scene “the White Crow” visits Hamilton Fish II in order to help him hear the voice of his dead wife. The scene was shot at the Morris-Jumel mansion, former home of Aaron Burr.
Cast:
Theodore Bouloukos- Hamilton Fish II
Vincent Cooper- Leonora Piper aka “The White Crow”

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OK, to finish up here’s a treat for you.
Check out the upcoming album.
Das Ram

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