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Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner

Image: 1610957 Kwaidan Records present Moonshine Corner the new album from Joon Moon.

A1. Apple Day
A2. Feels Like
A3. Get Down
B1. Chess
B2. Call Me (Album Version)
B3. Help Me
C1. Crash
C2. Jimmy Thirsty Cow
C3. I Might Be Wrong (Radiohead Cover)
D1. Tiger
D2. Silverado

As 2015 was wrapping up, an unknown outfit called Joon Moon took the music world by surprise with its first single Chess. The four cuts on the Call Me EP, a beguiling mix of pop and soul, electronic music and jazz, melancholy and elegy, heralded a forthcoming album that was bound to leave a blast radius on landing. And while the name and vibe of the project evokes a purple veloured, oldHollywood universe, Joon Moon was borne out of a resolutely contemporary meeting of the minds – the kind the can only happen amidst our jetsetting music scene.
After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge. With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows.
The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights. Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues… Joon Moon’s first album Moonshine Corner, which stole part of its name from an Austin watering hole that had become a haunt during its first American mini-tour, is the sound of four people meeting at an unlikely crossroads named Melancholy. Recorded using modern studio techniques along with vintage 60s and 70s instruments, Moonshine Corner places its chips on a subtly modern vibe through twelve lovelorn tracks that weave themselves around pop and trip hop, folk and soul, jazz licks and electronic washes, digging their own groove in the river bed dug by years and years of exposure to Radiohead, Neil Young, and Zero 7. Joon Moon is also, lest we forget, a project that takes on its full magnitude on stage. The barebones live setup (drums, piano) allows Krystle’s powerful voice to fill the space, swaying from nervy to more subdued laments, hopping around tessitura in the blink of an eye. Consider the live french version of Radiohead’s I Might Be Wrong, which transports you to the fictional smoky jazz club where forgotten, old 50s star Joon Moon holds court behind the microphone. Available from 29.09.2017

Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606427 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
place.
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
tour.
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 25.11.2016

Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606428 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
place.
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
tour.
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 28.10.2016

Jay Jay Johanson – Opium
Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jay Jay Johanson – Opium

Image: 1596548 Swedish producer, songwriter and avant-garde extraordinaire Jay-Jay Johanson returns with his 10th studio album ‘Opium’

After the release of his wondrous 5 track EP, ‘Moonshine’, Swedish producer, songwriter and
avant-garde extraordinaire Jay-Jay Johanson returns with his 10th studio album ‘Opium’, out
June _ on Kwaidan Records. With masterful musicianship and soulful, melancholic vocals,
Johanson takes us down a dreamlike road, telling 10 stories through 10 songs, inviting us into
his dark and all-encompassing world.
‘Drowsy’ opens the album unconventionally, with a reverb-laden harmonica playing roadside
blues, Johanson describes it as “entering suburbia with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry
Finn…”. The intro lulls us into a false sense of knowing before changing tempo and weaving
an eerie beat with ‘Too Young To Say Good Night’. It’s colder here than the albums opening
would have us believe, it’s here where we enter Jay-Jay Johansons universe, like Alice
through the looking glass. He skilfully intertwines touches of jazz piano and a dirty drum beat
with a deep, repetitive bass line and echoes of the harmonica that originally invited us in.
Previous single ‘Moonshine’ is a tragic love letter told against a dark, cinematic backdrop,
with a pulsating and ghostly beat and heavy electronics. Johanson composed the track with
the soundtracks of both Ennio Morricone and John Barry in mind, and explains that “the song
tells a story of being in love with someone that might not be the best one for you, but
sometimes you just can’t resist the choice of your heart.”
We’re led by the hand into ‘Be Yourself’ next. This slow, sweet love song has a more
retrocentric feel to it, close vocal harmonies and a thoughtful brass section, played by
Johanson himself, joins from the distance before a rolling fuzz builds into the trip hop beats of
‘I Love Him So’. Here, German duo Funkstörung bring something new to the table, with
breakbeat electronics and experimental soundscapes reminiscent of Massive Attacks
‘Mezzanine’. There’s emotion to these crooning vocals, ‘I Love Him So’ was is song about
Johanson’s son, written it in the waiting room of a hospital where he was being treated.
‘NDE’, or ‘Near Death Experience’ lays down a harder beat made up of the claps and foot
stomps of Johanson and his son, recording together, while ‘I Don’t Know Much About Loving’
shines through with a heavy groove and soulfully wistful vocals atop beautifully dissonant
piano stabs.
Jay-Jay Johanson has had a close working relationship with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins
since 1997, having appeared on a number of records together. On ‘Scarecrow’ Guthrie
returns to give us a taste of what the two have been working on lately, and a glint of what a
future album might sound like together. ‘I Can Count On You’ continues along this path with
mellow grooves with pop sensibilities.
As the album winds down, we’re taken down new roads, more otherworldly sounds are
introduced, as if this opium induced dream has reached its climax and now we enter the
darker corners of Johansons mind. ‘Alone Too Long’ spins its story against a dark, cinematic
backdrop and ‘Harakiri’, the only instrumental on the album, leaves us with room for thought
as ambient melodies drift atop a vintage drum machine.
‘Celebrate The Wonders’ closes this epic with the sound of water, rushing against rocks,
washing us ashore to bring us softly back to land. This rich, textured ballad does well to exit
us from the dreamscape, almost transcendental, journey that ‘Opium’ takes us on. It’s
grounding, smooth and familiar.
With further touring plans, and future releases already being planned, Jay-Jay Johanson is
set to cast his net wide over 2015, and ‘Opium’ is a perfect gateway drug into the rich and
diverse world he has created.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Drowsy / Too Young To Say Night
2. Moonshine
3. Be Yourself
4. I Love Him So
5. NDE
6. I Don’t Know Much About Loving
7. Scarecrow
8. I Can Count On You
9. Alone Too Long
10. Harakiri
11. Celebrate The Wonders

TOURDATES
9-Apr BL Minsk Public Club
10-Apr UKR Kiev Sentrum club
14-May CH Basel Kaserne
15-May CH Zurich Theater Moods
6-June FR Metz Trinitaire
7-June PT Braga Theatro Circo
8-Jun FR Paris Cafe La Danse
Release Party
9-Jul SP Santiago De Compostela
Ciudad De La Cultura
10-Jul EP Pedro Muñoz La Harinera
Auditorium

For fans of:
Portishead / Massive Attack / John Grant

Label:
http://www.kwaidanrecords.net
https://www.facebook.com/kwaidanrecords?fref=ts
Artist: https://www.facebook.com/jayjayjohanson?fref=ts Available from 12.06.2015

Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy

Image: 1606529 After a six year wait Nouvelle Vague are back with their new album I Could Be Happy.

1. Athol-Brose
2. Love Comes In Spurts
3. I Wanna Be Sedated
4. I Could Be Happy
5. All Cats Are Grey
6. No One Is Receiving
7. Maladroit
8. Algo Familiar
9. Loneliness
10. La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave.
This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea.
The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia. Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his
Kwaidan label.
The time seems right to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria. Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of forthcoming projects: a new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers.
This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pioneer singers of Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea, Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani.
A worldwide tour is already confirmed and announced. It will begin in Europe and Asia, in the fall, and will continue through South America and the U.S.A. in the new year, and feature the entire crew on stage, around Marc and Olivier: Mélanie Pain, Élodie Frégé, and Liset Alea.
Available from 04.11.2016

Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy (Black Vinyl Standard Edition)
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy (Black Vinyl Standard Edition)

Image: 1606723 After a six year wait Nouvelle Vague are back with their new album I Could Be Happy.

1. Athol-Brose
2. Love Comes In Spurts
3. I Wanna Be Sedated
4. I Could Be Happy
5. All Cats Are Grey
6. No One Is Receiving
7. Maladroit
8. Algo Familiar
9. Loneliness
10. La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave.
This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea.
The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia. Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his
Kwaidan label.
The time seems right to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria. Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of forthcoming projects: a new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers.
This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pioneer singers of Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea, Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani.
A worldwide tour is already confirmed and announced. It will begin in Europe and Asia, in the fall, and will continue through South America and the U.S.A. in the new year, and feature the entire crew on stage, around Marc and Olivier: Mélanie Pain, Élodie Frégé, and Liset Alea.
Available from 25.11.2016

Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy (Ltd. Orange Vinyl Edition)
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy (Ltd. Orange Vinyl Edition)

Image: 1606528 After a six year wait Nouvelle Vague are back with their new album I Could Be Happy.

1. Athol-Brose
2. Love Comes In Spurts
3. I Wanna Be Sedated
4. I Could Be Happy
5. All Cats Are Grey
6. No One Is Receiving
7. Maladroit
8. Algo Familiar
9. Loneliness
10. La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave.
This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea.
The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia. Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his
Kwaidan label.
The time seems right to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria. Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of forthcoming projects: a new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers.
This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pioneer singers of Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea, Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani.
A worldwide tour is already confirmed and announced. It will begin in Europe and Asia, in the fall, and will continue through South America and the U.S.A. in the new year, and feature the entire crew on stage, around Marc and Olivier: Mélanie Pain, Élodie Frégé, and Liset Alea.
Available from 25.11.2016

Brisa Broche – Invisible 1
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brisa Broche – Invisible 1

Image: 1603517 Kwaidan presents Invisible 1 the new album from Brisa Roche.

TRACKLIST
01 / A1 Lit Accent
02 / A2 Echo Of What I Want
03 / A3 Night Bus
04 / A4 Baby Come Over
05 / A5 Groupie
06 / A6 A Minute
07 / B1 Disco
08 / B2 You Like A Fire
09 / B3 Each One Of Us
10 / B4 Diamond Snake
11 / B5 Walk With Me
12 / B6 Vinylize
13 / B7 Find Me

Invisible 1’ it’s sometimes good to keepadmirers at a distance. For her “come-back” album, Brisa Roché follows this rule to the letter.
After four albums in France, she returned to her native California — not the one with six-lane highwaysand palm trees, but the one up north, where mountain lions roam, and sequoi as tower. There, hiddenin her home-studio, she channeled song after song, inspired by tracks arriving from producers all over the world. Some sent sound hoping to re-provoke songwriting in the vein of jazz-singer. Brisa freshly arrived in France the moment the Twin Towers fell, who haunted the stages of Parisian caves with a high shadowy voice, forcing journalists to compare her to Billie Holiday. Others sent what revealed a preference for the avant-gardism of “Mystery Man” off of her first record on Blue Note, that transported fans with pop as daring as it was sweet. Still other composers sent tracks they hoped would prolong the sound they loved in her hits “Whistle”and “Call Me”, from her psych-folk period.
But of course, Brisa did not revisit the past. She invented a future, a space-time exercise, creating songs across thousands of miles, across musical genres, where a voice springs as easily from a computer, an applauded stage, ora virgin forest.
The album INVISIBLE 1 is titled such because anything is possible when limitations imposed by a studio setting are discarded, when judgments and timidity are veiled by distance, when collaborations multiply across the waves, when intimacy with strangers makes art.

For fans of: Cat Power, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Prince

Key selling points:
Brisa Roché’s 4th album, powerful and complex vocal arrangements, a free and sensitive sound

2016 Marks both American singer-songwriter Brisa Roché’s return to europe and annonce the release of a new album ‘INVISIBLE1’ made between California and Paris

Includes collaboration with Nick Zinner (yeah yeah yeahs) and productions by Black Joy (yellow productions) and Thibaut Barbillon (nouvelle vague, Jb Dunkel)

Kwaidan
http://www.kwaidanrecords.net / https://www.facebook.com/kwaidanrecords

Brisa Roché
http://www.brisaroche.com / https://www.facebook.com/labrisadayroche / https://twitter.com/labrisadayroche
Available from 03.06.2016

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