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Red Velvet - Heartland Soul (2018)
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Исполнитель: Red Velvet
Название диска: Heartland Soul
Лейбл: Clunk and Rattle - 0634158783050
Страна: United Kingdom
Год выпуска: 2018
Количество треков: 13
Качество: 320 kbps
Время звучания: 00:51:20
Размер файла: 121,24 МБ
01. Ship In A Bottle 02:57
02. Stranger Welcome 04:31
03. Aragon Mill 03:47
04. That's What Duos Do 04:30
05. Carrickfergus 04:08
06. Our Love Is Music 03:06
07. Private Prisons 02:38
08. You Put A Spell On Me 03:56
09. Boxers Always Fight Hurt 05:36
10. El Patron Y El Diablo 05:02
11. The Milky Way 04:30
12. Night Train To Memphis 02:59
13. Harbour 03:32
Heartland Soul is Red Velvet's long-awaited second album*. Red Velvet is singer Deirdre Murphy, songwriter Les Ray and their band of talented multi-instrumentalists from very diverse musical backgrounds: George Harper from jazz/blues, Chris Fox from jazz and folk, Robin Gillan from old time and trad folk, and rock drummer Colin Smith.
The name Red Velvet encapsulates the band's repertoire, with the red part represented by deeply committed political songs on the side of the dispossessed and the marginalised, such as Stranger Welcome and El Patrón y El Diablo, and the velvet part by songs of the heart steeped in life experience, such as You put a spell on me and Our love is music. The album is all about passionate performance, particularly in Deirdre's heartfelt, bluesy vocals, and great musicianship from the whole band.
This album is also truly genre-defying: while Carrickfergus and Aragon Mill are very much from the Irish folk tradition, revealing Deirdre's Northern Irish roots, the mariachi/cantina sound of That's what duos do and the up-tempo honky-tonk of Night Train to Memphis have a more country sensibility, and You put a spell on me strays into jazz/blues. Then there's the soulful pop of Our love is music and the quasi-ska of Stranger Welcome. But perhaps the band's tour de force is El patrón y el diablo, which evolves from a brooding Latin rhythm into full-blown angry folk-rock. The oldest track on the album is the Cohenesque Private Prisons, which Les wrote back in 1985 while living in Italy, when prison privatisation was in its embryonic stages in the USA.
Most of the album's self-penned songs have been written over the last five years, which have been incredibly tough at times, particularly for Deirdre. In 2011 she and her dear brother Gerard were both diagnosed with cancer within a couple of weeks of each other. Deirdre has been in remission for 6 years now, but Gerard sadly passed away in 2013. Music is healing, and the band continued to perform through the dark times. The two hats that are shown on the album cover have come to be the band's symbol; when Deirdre was undergoing chemo in 2011 and lost her hair, she wore a trilby, so the rest of the band wore them too in solidarity. Wishing to give something back to the cancer charities that had supported her and her brother with such care, in 2013 Deirdre and Les organised the first Red Velvet's Music Marathon. A hugely successful event, held in the spring of each year, it presents over 24 hours of live music by some of the best acoustic musicians in the Cambridge area, and has so far raised over £20,000 for local cancer charities.
Deirdre and Les are very much a part of the folk music scene in the Cambridge area, and have been organising gigs for upcoming young musicians for many years now. Les presents the highly successful folk music show "Strummers & Dreamers" on Cambridge 105 Radio.
* (the first Red Velvet album, "Songs of Love and Solidarity", as a duo, came out back in 2012).
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