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Omatunto documentary

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On Tuesday, we woke up extremely early – for Jere at least – to get to the studio for a 3-hour video session for YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company). We were recreating a time, a place, and a performance – which means concentrating, giggling and having a great time.  Keep your eyes peeled for the Omatuntoklubi documentary that comes out in the autumn, it seems we are featured in one of the episodes!

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Posing with the fun, talented and handsome YLE gents Joonas Josefsson and Jarmo “Japi” Loikkanen. We can hardly wait to see their handiwork!

Oh, and do check the concert calendar, it’s updated with some marvellous news! Also, we have a wonderful idea for our next music video, and we hope to share it with you before the aeroplane takes off for Kraków. It might be only minutes before, though…

What Bohemian rogues be these?

What Bohemian rogues be these?
Pictures by Juha Reunanen.

– Laura & Jere

 

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Liquid Bridge time-lapse

Spring has finally come to Helsinki! Here’s a charming time-lapse video shot at the Liquid Bridge Live | Three Voices concert with Julia Marcell and Catself. It was a wonderful afternoon show in Arkadia International Bookshop, and we’re looking forward to working some more with Liquid Bridge later on!

Oh, and cocktail time tomorrow! Promise.

Liquid Bridge Live | Three Voices from Liquid Bridge on Vimeo.

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Une traduction en français

Martin Carayol from Trans Eurock Express surprised us with a French translation of the Helsingin Sanomat review for our Francophonic friends! Here it is:

“Café de Abejas, le duo formé par Laura Reunanen et J.W. Rall, ne ressemble à aucun autre artiste finlandais contemporain. Le plus proche point de comparaison serait Aino Venna. Mais là où Venna dans sa musique n’utilise les éléments rétro que comme un assaisonnement, Café de Abejas est du pur rétro, un voyage temporel vers des atmosphères de cabaret de l’entre-deux-guerres, de chansons légères et de vieux films.

Sur le premier album de Café de Abejas, les chansons, que le duo compose lui-même, nous emportent dans un monde crépusculaire, érotique et ironique, où l’on devine les fragrances de l’absinthe et du vieux tabac, où les photos sont en noir et blanc et où les histoires d’amour finissent mal.

Le groupe puise ses influences tant chez Dorothy Parker que chez Kurt Weil. L’ensemble est homogène et exhale la sophistication fanée du romantisme. On ne peut le considérer comme innovant puisque les influences et le style sont si clairs, mais fascinant, oui. “

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Review in Helsingin Sanomat

Oh joy! Pertti Avola of Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland, has reviewed Mascot Moth for today’s paper, and he likes it! This is very good news, and a pleasure to see a printed review in such a distinguished paper. Here is a link to the text in Finnish: Helsingin Sanomat

Because I am busy sending concert inquiries to Germany and Jere has a broken internet, it might take us a while to whip up an accurate English translation. But then, we are a Finnish band with a Spanish name making music in English and French. We are, therefore, happy to be able to present to you a translation direct from Andalucía. Enjoy!

El crítico Pertti Avola en “Helsingin Sanomat, el periódico principal de Finlandia:

Café de Abejas, el dúo de Laura Reunanen y J.W. Ralli, no suena a ningún artista actual en Finlandia. La más cercana podría ser Aino Venna. Pero cuando Venna usa en su música elementos de retro solo para sazonarla, Café de Abejas es puro retro, un viaje a la atmosfera de cabaré, chanson y películas viejas en la época de entreguerras. En su primer disco, sus canciones nos llevan a un mundo sombrío, erótico y irónico, donde huelen a absenta y cigarro fuerte, donde las fotos son de blanco y negro y los romances no tienen un final feliz. Se han sacado influencias tanto de la escritora Dorothy Parker como el compositor Kurt Weill. El disco es un conjunto armonioso, sofisticado en una manera romántica un poco gastada. No se puede llamar innovador, por su influencias y estilo tan claros, pero sí, muy fascinante.

(Traducido por Saara Kaisa – ¡Gracias, Saara!)

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Your Favourite Song?

What a busy month! We’re organising concerts in Finland and in Europe (more info on this once we get some dates sorted out) and promoting Mascot Moth in the hopes of reaching more people who are sure to like it but don’t know about it yet – because that’s what promoting is all about, isn’t it?

We want to thank all you sweethearts who have sent us lovely feedback – we love to hear your thoughts, sentiments and impressions! You can drop us a line to contact(at)cafedeabejas.net, our Facebook or Twitter, or leave a comment below. If you’re shy, speechless or pressed for time, here’s an easy way to give us a word. Just because we’d love to know:

If you don’t know your favourite yet, you can listen to the entire album here:

And to those who wish to help, yes you can: Share your favourite song, tell a Film Noir cabaret -loving friend about us, write about us in your blog, tweet about #MascotMoth or @cafedeabejas, ask your radio station to play a song. We raise our glasses to your health and take pride in our fabulous sweethearts!

Love,

– Laura & Jere

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Digital download and novelties

Great news! You can now listen to the entire album on Bandcamp. Enjoy!

The digital download is now available at the same place, and you can order both the physical copy and our beautiful cocktail booklet and postcards to accompany it. They make a nice gift set too!

The cocktail booklet is here! That's One Man's Sweetheart and Another Man's Whore on the cover. Birds of a feather!

The cocktail booklet is here! That’s One Man’s Sweetheart and Another Man’s Whore on the cover. Birds of a feather!

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Mascot Moth album release party!

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Last Tuesday we were celebrating the release of Mascot Moth in 1920’s speakeasy style in Ravintola Suola, Helsinki. What a wonderful evening filled with cocktails, charleston and chanson! The bartenders were mixing three of our custom cocktails for our speakeasy guests: Café de Abejas, Strawberry Gin and Stepping on Roses.

After our set the lovely ladies from Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company showed us how to do the Charleston in style. Needless to say, we partied like we were in the silent movies! This was the first time we played live together with both Ilari and Saara, and it felt just wonderful – we’ll be posting some ex tempore live material soon. Here are a few pictures by the wonderful Saara Olkkonen. You can see more photos from the party here.

– Laura & Jere

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Mascot Moth

Finally news! We have been working hard on the songs and the cover art and have given the album a name: Mascot Moth. The title is borrowed from an illusion by the illustrious magician David Devant, and today we have uploaded the song of the same name on Soundcloud for you to hear!

Follow this link to Soundcloud to hear The Mascot Moth from our upcoming album!

Album pre-order INFO:

Apparently, Sponsume is not working at all. But no worries, we have our own methods. Here’s how to pre-order “Mascot Moth”, the debut album of Café de Abejas:

The album is 15€. There is also an exclusive postcard set for 5€ and a cocktail recipe book that includes drinks designed to suit the mood of the album is 10€. The prices include postage to Europe.

Pay your order to Laura’s account: Kerberina Oy, international account number FI41 4055 0011 2704 40, the BIC is HELSFIHH (in case you need it). Write your order (e.g. “Two albums and the cocktail recipes”) in the payment form if possible. Then send us your posting address and order details to cafedeabejas@gmail.com. Easy!

Pre-orders will arrive for Christmas, whereas all the others will have to wait until the official release date somewhere in January or February 2013. We are hoping to cover roughly half of the costs of album making with pre-orders (so about 1500€), and now we are halfway, which is just splendid!

Special thanks to everyone who already ordered the album, you are helping us tremendously in making it happen! We’ll post about the cover art as soon as we can. It’s going to be beautiful, decadent and look very much like our music.

– Laura & Jere

Levyn ennakkotilaus INFO:

Ystävät! Tässä ohjeet Café de Abejas-duon “Mascot Moth”-debyyttialbumin ennakkotilaamiseen:

Levyn hinta ennakkotilattuna on 15€, ja siihen sisältyvät postikulut Eurooppaan. Lisäksi on mahdollista tilata kirjanen, johon on kerätty levyn tunnelmaan sopivia cocktail-ohjeita hintaan 10€, ja neljän postikortin erikoissarja hintaan 5€.

Maksu tapahtuu Lauran aputoiminimen tilille FI41 4055 0011 2704 40.

Maksun saaja on Kerberina Oy.

Kirjoita tilauksesi (esim. “kaksi levyä ja drinkkikirja”) viestikenttään. Lähetä sitten meille toimitusosoitteesi osoitteeseen cafedeabejas@gmail.com. Helppoa!

Ennakkotilaajat saavat albuminsa jouluksi, kun muut joutuvat odottamaan tammi-helmikuuhun 2013. Ennakkotilauksilla on tarkoitus kattaa n. puolet levynteon kustannuksista, eli 1500€. Nyt ollaan tämän tavoitteen puolivälissä, aivan mahtavaa!

Suurkiitos kaikille levyn jo tilanneille, autatte meitä suunnattomasti levypainon kulujen kattamisessa!

– Laura & Jere

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Café de Abejas in ROOM and serve

Helena Karjalainen, a Swedish decor blogger and photographer, took some beautiful pictures of us in Helsinki Vintage! See her photos and read her impressions in ROOM and serve.

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Helsinki Vintage

On Sunday we performed for the first time as a trio with Ilari at Helsinki Vintage. What a lovely day! Between sets we enjoyed browsing the stalls bursting with beautiful objects, and seeing a vintage fashion show by Fintage. Here are some pictures of us onstage (pics by Juha/Reunanen Photography).

We brought home an amazing sequin dress that you are sure to see on me in the near future. All the hats were too small for Jere (that’s how brainy he is!), but he was happy to find an antique Hapag suitcase that will serve us as a microphone case.

In the meantime, we are busy recording the album and will be posting all about it very soon!

– Laura

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