The series of posts ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ features music videos of songs that the Decimononic’s team finds inspirational. We are most pleased to share with you songs that match the aesthetic sensibility of Decimononic and give shape to its universe.
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We discovered this artist some time ago, thanks to the always enlightening newsletter of Jordan Reyne. Shayfer James is a theatrical songwriter that allows the listener to enjoy an unfathomable world, full of darkly lyrical and evocative stories. A very personal artistic proposal shaped by poetry, piano, delicate arrangements and outstanding performing skills.
He has toured the eastern half of the USA and has performed with his trio at festivals and events like CMJ NYC, Art Basel, Miami, Foburg Fest, New Orleans, and Hope & Glory, Hong Kong. His influences? Artists such as Billie Holiday, Stephen Sondheim, Sam Cooke, Stravinsky, Nat King Cole, Radiohead, Cole Porter, Fiona Apple, Nina Simone…
Fifteen years ago I bought the album ‘Diabolical Streak‘ from Projekt, the independent label shop. That was my travel ticket to the world of Jill Tracy and I have not looked back since then.
As the official bio goes, ‘Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her beautifully chilling cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales’.
From my point of view, Jill Tracy is the diva of the dark cabaret genre. Her ‘musical seances’ are legendary, she has performed life in places like the haunting Mütter Museum and ‘Evil night together’, precisely a song extracted from ‘Diabolical Streak’, was featured in ‘The Final Symphony’ of Dexter (the successful serial killer drama series, yes).
Thy Last Drop describe themselves as three vagabonds telling talesof 19th century death, debauchery and the drop…
Their ‘Victorian murderpunk / vagabond folk’ is full of energy, as this video of the song ‘Tyburn Jig’ proves.
Line up: Albert Crowe (Lead Vocal, Octave Mandola, Mandolin), Amil Magpantay (Bandurria, vocal and anything else he can find), Andrew Akehurst (Piano Accordian, vocal) and Mark Jones (Bass, Drum, Guitar).
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Born in 1980 in Gentofte, Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter. Her mother, Katja Obel, was a jurist but also a brilliant musician and this let Agnes learn to play the piano when she was just a child. Today Agnes writes, plays, sings, records and produces all her material herself.
This is an atypical post for this series because this time we did not found the music; the music found us. Clara Engel contacted us because she though that her songs would suit ‘A Singular Sountradck’ and, after listening to her album ‘Ashes and Tangerines’ we could deny that she was absolutely right. As British poet Jeremy Reed said:
‘Clara Engel’s voice comes to me from that deepest of all places, imaginative space, from which she visually retrieves an inner landscape converted by breath into the rock equivalent of poetry. Rarely has a voice sounded so authoritative, so unapologetic in its disclosures, so sure of its direction in going home into song’.
I.- Who is Clara Engel?
Clara Engel is an independent Toronto-based artist with a great deal of talent. Her latest album, ‘Ashes and Tangerines’, was released on 6th December 2013 including 11 songs written and performed by her (see full credits below). We have chosen this ‘Tangerines’ video, that includes images by American filmmaker, actor and pioneer of underground cinema Jack Smith. The final version of this song is available here: ‘Tangerines’ on Bandcamp, lyrics below.
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