January Next Step Artist Spotlight: Annabel (lee) & Richard E


Congratulations to Annabel (lee) & Richard E for being our January 2012 Next Step winners!

Combining jazz, folk, and classical, Annabel (lee) & Richard E draw inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe, Debussy, Miles Davis, Nick Drake, and Joni Mitchell to create rich emotive music that touches deeply – “melancholy magic,” they call it.

Annabel and Richard’s story itself is anything but dim. The two met via their MySpace music pages, carried on a six month online courtship, were later kept apart due to visa challenges, and connected the dots between New York City, London, Paris, and California to eventually (finally) tie the knot. Makes for some interesting music, we’d say.

Having just finished mixing their debut album, Annabel (lee) & Richard E: By the Sea and Other Solitary Places, the duo is planning some acoustic gigs around Los Angeles (including at Rockpaper Coffee Co) as well as a single release!

We are delighted to share the new single, “Alone,” to be officially released in a few weeks. An interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe poem, the song was inspired while Annabel and Richard resided on the South Coast of England in Hastings where Annabel reported hearing “voices.” The recording includes the windows opened “ever so slightly to capture the sound of a subtle wind coming through, hauntingly.” Listen to it below!

For free download is a remix of an original track entitlted “My Mistake” by Siberian house/jazz music producer Cortes (aka Peter Shallmin). Sounding divine.

Annabel (lee) & Richard E – “Alone”

Richard E & Annabel (lee) – “My Mistake” (Cortes Bossavantgarde Mix) [MP3]


Video: James Blake – “A Case of You” + ‘Love What Happened Here’ EP


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Been a minute since we’ve written about our boy James Blake. Last time was news that he’d released his Enough Thunder EP. Since then, he’s released a video for his Joni Mitchell cover of “A Case of You” off the aformentioned EP and a new 3-track EP called Love What Happened Here, which you can grab at the end of this post.

Accompanied by Blake’s beautiful sing-song, the video starts off warm and cozy, placing you inside the characters’ home as would a good book or film. And even as the story descends into cool and withdrawn, the video maintains a peculiar power of familiarity and intimacy. Very nicely done.

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The Kids Are All Right: Original Soundtrack featuring MGMT, Little Dragon, Quadron, Ge-ology ft. Yukimi Nagano & more

The soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film, The Kids Are All Right, includes tracks from MGMT, Little Dragon, Quadron, Ge-ology ft. Yukimi Nagano, Betty Wright, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, CSS, and more. It accompanies a story about two teenaged children conceived by donor insemination who seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined.

Focus Features and Gilbert Films present The Kids Are All Right, the most talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, in select theaters on July 9, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo and directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

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