A lot of you Sweethearts have been asking us if we could put our lyrics up online. So, there is now a page titled lyrics under the music tab of these pages! The videos have also been moved under the same tab – and we just added a live video of “Waiting for the Roses” to the videos page! Enjoy!
Helsingin Sanomat gave us four stars in their review! (That’s the largest newspaper in the Nordic countries, for you who were wondering.) They also said it’s a pity that you probably won’t hear our songs on the radio. We fully agree. Poor, poor radio, what is this illness that makes our heartwarming ballads too strange and wild for you?
And while we’re on the subject of ballads, we promised something yesterday – a song fresh from the album release concert for those you who couldn’t make it! Special thanks belong to our two brothers who filmed us, Roy Boswell who saved us from having to operate the lights ourselves (and look at all the beautiful drama he’s creating here!) – and, as always, our Dandy-Daddy Juha Reunanen for the sounds and everything else besides.
Oh, and we heard that a certain someone arranged a Film Noir get-together in Scotland to celebrate our album release. What a Super Sweetheart, this one’s for you!
It’s been a week since the release party at Andorra, and we’re feeling absolutely exhilarated! The old movie theatre was packed, and we had a blast, and people were enjoying themselves, and the guys at the bar were short staffed but happy about the turn out and everything just went exceptionally well. And! We managed to get some decent video footage for a change, so expect to see a few live videos soon.
So, the CD is out, yes it is! You can listen to the album below (the whole thing of course!) and buy a download or a CD at our BOUTIQUE. The album will also be available at the precious few CD stores left in Helsinki, and is hitting Spotify, iTunes and Deezer this week. For international orders, order through the BOUTIQUE or contact us directly.
Oh! A few darling bloggers already got whiff of our shenanigans! Kujerruksia went to the album release party and loved it (In Finnish). Glue wants you to listen to Zaza (In English).
That’s all, folks! – for now.
– Laura, Jere, Ilari & Saara
Dear broads and bos, Welcome to Casablanca!
The album release party for Is This Casablanca? is getting close, and the release date is set for 6th of February, 2015. The album will be available as a CD or a digital download from our Bandcamp page and through iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. In Finland the CD can be bought from the few independent record stores still left in Helsinki, starting from the end of February. You can also get it from one of our shows, signed and doodled on by the whole mob. For international orders of the CD, please contact us via e-mail, contact[at]cafedeabejas.com.
Here are a few tracks from the new album for you to savor, Sweethearts. The first one is called Go Gently, a song on the chanson side of things. The second, Zaza, gives a feel for our penchant for all things cabaret. Please enjoy responsibly, and take a look at the photos below to really get in the mood!
Happy New Year, Sweethearts! It’s 2015, and it’s almost two years since we released Mascot Moth. During those two years we’ve played around Europe and Finland, arranged an all-night concert with video projections and performance art at one of Helsinki’s most established venues, grown together as a band and, as a result, written and recorded a new album. Where 2014 was mostly about planning and executing the Savoy gig (spring) and putting together the new album (autumn), this year’s gonna be all about playing gigs again!
Although we’ve played a lot of shows and private functions during the last few years, with wonderful bands and for wonderful people, there’s only been a handful of concerts we’ve arranged by and for ourselves. Those have been the ones with aerial hoops and jazz dance lessons and burlesque and cocktails and cabaret and stuff. Those are the gigs we want to make! And the new album, Is This Casablanca?, is just full of stories and film noir and cabaret just waiting to be played out and acted on stage. It will all start with the album release party in February.
The above being said, we also love just getting intimate as a duo, and playing obvious and not so obvious cover songs for great crowds! So, as a Swedish gentleman once put it, “More is more!“. We’ll definitely focus on doing Shows – yes, with a capital S – at nice locations (with the lovely performer in the above picture!) for you, but there’s always great bands to play with and great venues to spend lovely evenings at, and we absolutely can’t say no to that!
Our first gig of the year is on January 9th at Semifinal, Helsinki, with the amazing Valo. We’re really happy to play with them, and a little scared too, because their vocalist actually sometimes gives us singing lessons. For me it’s just an evening with two absolutely superb singers backed by two absolutely wonderful bands on the same stage! So come see the show and hear the new songs and discover VALO, if you haven’t yet.
A wonderful new year to all of you lovelies out there,
We’ve had quite an evening! The crowdfunding campaign is now over, and we exceeded our goal by almost one third. The thousandth fan just liked us on Facebook. We’ve got the album artwork ready and the album mastered tomorrow. I’ve kind of let the last studio diary entry slide. Let’s fix that, now that we can rest relatively easy with the album ready to be sent to the people of Jakebox in Sweden, who’ll be taking care of the pressing and printing.
Ilari is an amazing guy. He has some serious musical know-how, and he thinks quick. Real quick. He also doesn’t really rule anything out without trying. Hence the crowbar. And the steel plate (see below). It also turns out he’s very good at whistling, finger snaps and rhythmic clapping, which are all very difficult things to do well. We love Ilari.
We also love Saara, our wonderful cellist. One of the things she contributed on the album was the almost impromptu arrangement for Zaza, including the “car horn” sound and the smoky, sordinoed jazz passage, all written out and rehearsed in a few, measley hours. For this I’m ever greatful, because the song turned out to be, for once, exactly as it should be. Saara’s also wonderful at being awesome.
We must also not forget our Muse. During the recordings we performed with her a few times live, and she’s just a magnificent, funny, energetic person to be around. She also did some screaming, yelling, giggling and whispering (trés demure!) on a track, which is our vision of how an old dancehall band might’ve sounded if they’ve just suddenly invented heavy metal in the middle of playing a set. The inspiration for the song and Noora’s voice on the song come from Louis Feuillade‘s 1915 movie, Les Vampires. It’s actually not a single movie, but one of the first crime series in the world. A part of the album artwork also gives a not-so-subtle nod to Les Vampires.
I think I mentioned in a previous post that we’ve been busy outside the studio as well. We’ve of course played gigs, private and public, and also been on stage for a fahsion show, where Laura was being pretty, I was being a roadie for Saara who was playing a solo piece on stage. We also played at a party in a hotel, where we were involved in a mystery crime! And somehow we managed to take some photos for the album cover, too (well, mostly in the middle of the night!).
Then we got this lovely fellow called Joel Kupiainen play some clarinet on the album. The song he plays on has an outro pinched from another song we did for a radio drama, which was broadcasted on the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Radio 1 in the summer. I think Joel actually came up with the melody for the outro, so we wanted him to play it on the album as well. This is, by the way, a Café de Abejas song with three distorted guitar tracks. And other stuff.
And finally, we’ve got all the songs ready and we can sit down with Janne at E-Studio for a 9 to 5 mixing session.
There are many people we wish to thank for making this album happen, but probably none so much as our grand patrons, Harri & Terttu, who’ve given us their full support from the very beginning, and let us rehearse at their city apartment, and record at their cottage, and have just been all round encouraging and most helpful.
We’ve decided to call the album “Is this Casablanca?”. It’s also a track on the album, and a song we played, according to the setlist, on the very first full-lenght Café de Abejas gig ever. That was before the first album came out. So the songs been in the making for quite some time, but like Laura put it, “We just weren’t ready for the song before”. It makes a good title, and certainly conjures up images. For the title’s sake, and for other reasons, I’d like to acknowledge the influencers and inspirators for this album: John Donne, Pierre Berton and Charles Simon, Louis Feuillade, Bertolt Brecht, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Concha Piquer, Serge, Charles, Bogie, Bergman and Bacall, Raymond Chandler, John Keats and Danny Elfman. There might well be others, others we’re not even aware of. But you might find it fun to return to this list once you have the album in your hands, and hunt down details – I think you might enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed writing these songs.
As you may know by now, we’re in the middle of making our second album.
As with the first one, we have a crowd funding campaign going on. And! Just a couple of hours ago our goal at Mesenaatti.me was reached (and exceeded)! Thank you, thank you, darlings, for pre-ordering and letting us know, that the album is expected! And thanks to everyone who shared the campaign at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even by word of mouth, we could not have done this without you!
So as a very small token of gratitude for the absolutely overwhelming results with the Mesenaatti campaign here are some wallpapers we made of the upcoming album’s artwork. There’s a desktop wallpaper (1920x1080p), and a few different mobile wallpapers (480×800), mainly because iOS7 uses a parallax effect and won’t align wallpapers as intended. So we recommend you use the last of these three images for iPhones with iOS7 installed.
We think we’ll go have a glass of bubbly now!
-Jere & Laura