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King for the Day

King for the Day

  • レーベル検索 Naama Kates
  • リリース 2013/03/12
  • ミュージックジャンル Rock
  • フォーマット CD
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NAAMA KATES is an LA-based singer/songwriter and pianist. She moved to Los Angeles from New York City in late 2008, in the ubiquitous pursuit of celluloid sensation. She had achieved some success as an actress, with lead and supporting in roles in small but critically well-received independent films (Cookies N' Cream, Delirious, My Normal) and television (NCIS). But, Hollywood was lonely. And she'd never even really owned a TV. So after a year of odd-itions and Los Angeles anomy, Naama settled in Los Feliz and bought an unweighted 61-key Yamaha keyboard on impulse, and began playing and writing songs. After so much time in Hollyweird, settling in front of the keyboard felt to Naama like a homecoming, like settling back into her soul. Growing up, she was obsessed with music: listening to the jazz records of her mother, an abstract expressionist painter; to her father playing flamenco and classical guitar; Shostakovich and Prokofiev in her ballet classes while doing plies in front of the barre and then later fiddling away at those songs on her piano. When she first learned to drive Naama only had three CDs to put on in the car... Paco de Lucia. Billie Holiday. Glenn Gould. After the Hollywood adrenaline rush-- and the depression that followed-- Naama rediscovered her obsession. She found in the keyboard an ever-present confidante. And she poured into it all her secrets, her pleasure and her pain. It was playful and profound, sensitive and sensual. Purposeful and pure. She spent night after night alone with it, losing track of time, and incidentally amassed a ton of fully-penned songs. Eventually Naama took those songs and her little Yamaha and started playing at open mics and small venues. It was exhilarating. After a show she went for a drink at a neighborhood bar that she frequented and bumped into native Angelino and Clio Award-winning composer/producer Cyrus Melchor (Mount Cyanide, Massive Attack, Camarillo Blues Triangle) there. It was a serendipitous meeting that became an incredible collaboration. Her debut album, 'The Unexamined Life,' released May 1st, 2012, has been very well received by fans and especially by critics, despite her relative obscurity: 'Singer-composer-actress Naama Kates' songs are like minifilms, experiences in sound, word and energy that stop and start again, accelerate and explode and collapse and fall to the floor to catch their breath and reassess. When she's playing solo, just her and a piano, she's a bit wistful and introspective, delivering her material in a soulful yet refreshingly unmannered vocal style. With her small ensemble she lays into complexly structured pieces whose violin, cello and trombone ornaments bring a cabaretlike mystique to the proceedings.' - John Payne, LA Weekly (Dec 21, 2011) 'Her debut album, "The Unexamined Life," is possibly the best album you may never hear. That's because her sound isn't for radio, she won't be seen peddling Pepsi products and chances are you'll have to discover her via her live shows in Los Angeles or online formats like this one. That's not to say Naama Kates won't be successful. She will. I labeled "The Unexamined Life" as a jazzy Fiona Apple. (Read the review HERE.) However, there's really no label or specific genre that Kates belongs to, not because she doesn't fit in, but because she is destined to stand out. ' - Jason Tanamor, Zoiks! Online (Jul 27, 2012) 'Naama Kates is an artist that seems hell bent on breaking the rules. With the current music scene otherwise saturated with synthesized cookie-cutter radio hits, Naama Kates' debut album "The Unexamined Life" is different, because it's risky. Written like diary entries, and sung with an honesty as if no one were listening, Naama's work is hard to categorize, but easy to love.' - Lawrence Davis, Splash Magazine (Aug 22, 2012) '[Naama] deconstructs the duality of the Hollywood existence through her themes and performs a catharsis that has apparently freed her creative spirit... with a strong, technicolor vocal presence.... ...emotionally substantive fractured melody, and personality to spare... This personal journey of self-examination has become a universally captivating musical manifesto.' - Anthony Mark Happel, Impose Magazine (Aug 23, 2012) 'ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE'S EDiTORS CHOiCE - 25 ARTiSTS WHO MADE 2012 ROCK!!! -Amid all the blistering rock n' roll... ...Naama Kates provided a gentler yet riveting sound with her stunning release, 'The Unexamined Life'..' - Brian Lush, RockWired Magazine (Dec 01, 2012) 'Kates' songs are inside/outside things, often ruminative tunes when played solo on piano and delivered in a soulful and artful yet refreshingly unmannered vocal style. With her small ensemble she lays into complexly structured pieces whose violin, cello and trombone ornaments bring a cabaretlike charm and mystique... ...The songs stop and start again, thoughts and impressions intrude; they accelerate and explode and collapse and fall to the floor to catch their breath and reassess. What she's doing, you could say, is viewing scenarios from multiple angles -- the moods ebb and flow like a tempest in her mind, in her heart, in her soul. ...[Her] pleasingly accessible music... tries to mask yet invariably spills over with raging passion and quirky intelligence and sheer spunky, idiosyncratic imagination. Her songs are like mini-films, never merely personal sentiments sung aloud but experiences in sound and word and energy that can take you to faraway places...and right back home - John Payne, Bluefat Music (Oct 11, 2011) 'To be a fan of Naama Kates, is to know that her music often eludes commercial categorization, giving each song on the album the unpredictable edge so often escaping artists in their quest for musical prowess. The captivating unpredictability of her compositions combined with her jazzy vocal stylings bring to mind great artists like Fiona Apple, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette, Girl In A Coma, and Natalie Merchant, yet her style is distinctly of her own making. She definitely pushes listeners beyond their normal comfort zone, calling them to question not only their relationships, but their lives and raison d'etre. It's often an arduous, trouble-filled journey, but according to Naama Kates, it's one worth investigating.' - Lawrence Davis, Splash Magazine (Aug 22, 2012) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Well, you'd think after all that, she would've sold a couple records, right? Nah. Doesn't matter though. That's not the point. After her first album's release she immediately began working on songs for her self-produced follow-up. She'd begun writing the new songs during production of 'Unexamined Life' as she always had, on the piano, alone in her apartment, as they came, without any particular ideas about the new record's style or production. But during the summer following 'Unexamined''s release, she found solace in Ken Burns' epic 'Jazz' documentary, subconsciously identifying with it's subjects and their journeys-- and thus able to romanticize the struggle of her own life as Burns romanticized theirs. She watched it (all 20-odd hours) on repeat, and let it play in the background. When it came time to produce the new record, she wanted to try a different approach-- just a few great musicians, writing their own parts, with room for improvisations, all contributing creatively. So she ended up producing the record herself, just that way, with Mike Richardson on trombone (Richardson had been playing with her band on 'Unexamined Life' tours and on the record), John Carfi on bass, and Rich West on drums. These guys are amazing. The record was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Scott Fraser (Kronos Quartet) and recorded in a day. They played as a quartet. There are no overdubs. Each song is a full take. Just impeccably recorded, with really wonderful musicians. Kates feels very fortunate. Anyway. She hopes you like it.

詳細

アーティスト: Naama Kates
タイトル: King for the Day
ジャンル: Rock
発売日: 2013/03/12
レーベル: CD Baby
フォーマット: CD
バーコード: 887516217081

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