Category Archives: Recording diary

Update

Here it is, our cover with a reproduction of an illusion by the illustrious illusionist, David Devant.

Here it is, our cover with a reproduction of an illusion by the illustrious illusionist, David Devant.

The album is here! It arrived just in time before Christmas to be sent to our patrons, and three songs – The Mascot Moth, The Captain & the Widow and Strawberry Gin – are already online for everyone to hear. We are adding finishing touches to the cocktail booklet and planning the most extravagant of release parties. There are some upcoming concerts too, and more will be added, so keep checking the calendar and Facebook.

 

Happy new year to all sweethearts alike, see you in 2013!

– Laura & Jere

Advertisement

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary

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

Leave a comment

Filed under News, Recording diary

Recording Diary, pt. 5 – Singing Solo

Jere’s drawing of me.

Yesterday, it was just me and the microphone. How liberating and at the same time how frightening to keep your own time! Today we recorded just the two of us playing and singing together, and the result was a very silent, pensive rendition of one of the songs.

Fascinating how songs change their mood in the studio. Some of them take so much more effort and articulation than when you play them live, and with others you have to keep your hands in your pockets in order not to do too much. These are wonderful times, and I feel like I’m growing with every passing day and song. It is indeed our biggest adventure yet!

– Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary

Recording Diary, pt. 4 – Elsie Smith

Here is Elsie. As you can tell, she’s thrilled to be a part of the album.

Yesterday, we recorded another song for the album (One Man’s Sweetheart), and everything went very smoothly (if we don’t take into account the famished percussionist, the swooning vocalist and the guitarrist’s broken nail, all problems easily solved). So smoothly in fact that we were able to proceed to recording what we call “fairy dust”. That means small things and effects that are meant to spice up the otherwise live performance.

This time we concentrated on a typewriter Laura got from her grandfather a few years ago. It’s an old L. C. Smith probably from the 1920’s, and commonly known as Elsie Smith. The unique sound of a well-oiled vintage typewriter was just what we needed as a small percussive element in one of the songs, and this is how Ilari played the new instrument:

– Jere and Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary

Recording Diary, pt. 3 – First Week

The first week’s recording sessions are done, and the five songs we have recorded sound marvellous! Here are some pictures from our studio sessions with our talented darling musicians Ilari Launonen (percussions), Saara Viika (cello), Kim Suikkanen (bass) and our adorable studio engineer Juha Reunanen.

Moreover, thanks to all the sweethearts who have preordered the album! The part of production costs that we have to cover with orders is now 33% funded, which is marvellous in such a short time.

– Jere & Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary

Pre-ordering the album

Dear fans,

we’ve been infromed by the people at Sponsume, that for the time being there is a glitch of somekind in their system, which prevents payment by credit/debit cards. PayPal still works, but we understand that not everyone wishes to open a PayPal account just for ordering one album, so we’ve come up with an alternative pre-order route.

See the rewards at http://www.sponsume.com/project/caf%C3%A9-de-abejas-debut-album. Select the things you would like to order. The album is 15€, the exclusive postcard set 5€ and the cocktail recipe book 10€, for example. The prices include postage to Europe.

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

Special thanks to everyone who already ordered the album, you are helping us tremendously in making it happen!

– Laura & Jere

Rakkaat,

Sponsumen korttimaksusysteemi ei tällä hetkellä toimi, eli maksut saa suoritettua vain PayPal-tilin kautta. Väki Sponsumella etsii ratkaisua ongelmaan parhaillaan, ja sillä välin levyn voi ennakkotilata myös meiltä suoraan.

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!

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

– Laura & Jere

Leave a comment

Filed under News, Recording diary

Recording diary, pt. 2

Yesterday was the first time we played together with Saara, a sensitive and skilled cellist and my childhood friend. The new instrument brought amazing depth and urgency to Strawberry Gin, and we are beside ourselves with joy as we listen to the practice recordings.

This is also the first time that we’ve made any sheet music of our songs, and it has been very interesting as neither of us is very skilled in music theory. It doesn’t help that our songs frequently change key and possibly also time signature somewhere in the middle, sometimes twice, but we’re doing our best.

Actually, the magnificence of Saara also creates some problems in the studio – she sounds so divine that sometimes I just start to listen and forget the melody I was going to sing! Hopefully time and practice will cure me.

Violoncello Notes

– Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary

Close and Open Harmony

We are working in close harmony, arranging some of our songs for the cello. First Jere gets an idea for a phrase. It’s perfect, but one note should be flat instead of sharp because that brings new spice into my melody. Ah, but then it should move against the rythm slightly on that note to bring it out. He does something amazing and I note it down. And there it is!

More often than not, harmony is not about being able to keep your own pitch perfect. It’s about being able to listen, seeing the whole, and being open to new contrasts. I’m happy about our flexibility, and the way we’re excited about each other’s ideas instead of clinging onto our own. The songs turn out better for it: Instead of making compromises and concessions, we’re both aiming for a harmonious mélange where the song comes first.

We’re also listening to close harmony girl trios from the Thirties, because we want some of that vintage sound in one of the songs. Somehow, I find this piece particularly engaging, both because of the lyrics and the wonderful wah-wah effect at the end:

This was discovered via Radio Dismuke, a gold mine of 20´s and 30´s music. It´s a free web radio treat for a real Sunday afternoon.

– Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under Inspiration, Music, Recording diary

Album Presale!

As you might know, we are now preparing for the making of our first album, which – let me tell you – is no light task by any standard. In the middle of the ten thousand small things that we have to set right both artistically and practically, we are just blissfully happy about the marvellous, talented people around us, the atmosphere of excitement and the way we are seeing our own songs in a new light, clearer and truer every day. We feel that this is going to be the best thing we’ve ever done, and that once all the pieces have fallen into place we will have ten great renderings of ten great songs.

However, there is one thing that worries us. You guessed it. It’s money. We don’t exactly have heaps of it. Or a diamond stash for that matter. That’s why we’ve put the album on presale on Sponsume, the European crowdfunding platform, from today onwards! We are hoping to find 100 fellow humans who enjoy our music enough to invest into it beforehand.

You can find our petition and all the details HERE.

The recording sessions will start at the end of October (in two weeks!) and we’ll be living in the studio for about two weeks. After that, it’s mixing, mastering and off our baby goes to be pressed! And the best thing is, it looks like those who have pre-ordered the CD are going to have it for Christmas! Another perk is that it’s cheaper to preorder, since the price is 15€ including postage to Europe. Jere and I are going to get back to the special rewards a little later, but let me tell you that the cocktail booklet is going to be amazing!

Be a part of the production of our best oeuvre to date, and please help us to spread the word! I know that there is an audience out there who’s looking for our music, and we’d love to find them (or for them to find us). You are our sweethearts!

– Laura

Leave a comment

Filed under News, Recording diary

Recording diary, pt.1

Also the frog guiro turned out to be a valuable member of the band.

We’d like to introduce you to Ilari, a fine fellow, a dear friend and a talented and
creative musician all-in-one. He immediately got the gist of our thing, and he will
be playing all sorts of wacky percussions for our debut album. He is also known
as the drummer of Lady Escape and Phenomenal Creature.

It’s an amazing feeling when you play with someone for the first time and immediately notice that there’s been a place in the song for him all along, you just didn’t know it. We have now practiced with Ilari twice, and it’s already starting to feel like we are a trio!

There will be other musicians and people joining us for the record making, and we’ll introduce them all to you in due time. We can hardly wait to get going, but there are so many things to do before the end of October!

– Laura & Jere

Leave a comment

Filed under Recording diary