Greetings and Salutations all.
You know it seems like for years I ignored music videos. They didn’t play them on TV any more and I’m not a big fan of watching them on the computer, but lately it seems like there has been some really great stuff out there that I keep finding that’s worth sharing with you all. This is no exception. Over the last few years I’ve discovered a lot of bands in the post rock and math rock genres but none have inspired, shocked and made me fall in love like Made Out of Babies, and more precisely Julie Christmas’ dynamic vocal performances. She creates a world of powerful sound with her vocals ranging from beautiful melodies to horrific screams from the deep pits of Hades. She is probably one of the most dynamic vocalists working today and it’s a shame she isn’t a household name. I’m going to do my best to change that. Her is her latest video from her first solo album titled The Bad Wife. It reminds me a bit of the French masterpiece Le Bete by Walerian Borowczyk. Here see for yourself.
I adore this song, the video and Julie Christmas. Here is what the press release has to say so you can find out more for yourself as opposed to my aimless gushing. I have her new album in my hands and am working on a review for it right here on this blog.
|“Metal’s most riveting frontwoman…a smart, eccentric post-kid just becoming aware of the unearthly power she wields.” — Decibel Magazine
“Julie Christmas sings, screams, snarls and sobs her heart out with terrifying naked abandon.” — Revolver
Brooklyn singer Julie Christmas releases her first solo album, The Bad Wifenext month. Today, Stereogum has posted the exclusive premiere of the first videofrom the album, for the song “Bow.” Directed by James OBrien, Pastor Alvarado and Genn Leong, the fairytale style clip sees the singer being pursued through the woods by a lanky, furry beast.
Often celebrated for her intense vocal acrobatics in heavy-hitting bands like Made Out of Babies, Battle of Miceand the supergroup Spylacopa(featuring members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Candiria and Isis), Christmas’ solo debut finds her pushing the range of her already iconoclastic genre-melding work. Ahead of the album’s release, the song “July 31st” is featured on the soundtrack for the Paramount movie, Wrong Turn at Tahoe, starring Harvey Keitel and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Of late, Christmas has been busy expanding her repertoire. She is currently is collaborating with Nix Turner, renowned illustrator of worldwide counterculture icon, Emily the Strange, to create a book titled The Scribbles and Scrapes of Amy Anyone: (A Multiple Personality Autobiography). Christmas wrote the story and is working on music for the release of an accompanying CD, featuring a tone signaling the reader to turn the page.
In addition, the singer recently worked on the soundtrack for a French indie film “Le Debut,” in which a young couple resorts to infanticide when faced with the challenges of poverty, depression and parenthood. “I use sounds to express feelings and ideas that I am too clumsy to get across with words alone,” the singer explains. “Working with amazing visual artists – people who speak in images – gets me one step closer to really communicating with anyone nuts enough to listen.”
Christmas’s band, Made Out of Babies, is currently writing their fourth full-length album, scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011. Live shows and exhibitions with visual artists are being arranged.
The Bad Wife will be available on CD/LP and digital download via Rising Pulse Records on November 9th, 2010.
Artist: Julie Christmas
01. July 31st (MP3)
02. If You Go Away
03. Bow (MP3) (VIDEO)
04. Secrets All Men Keep (Salt Bridge, Part II)
05. Six Pairs of Feet and One Pair of Legs
06. Headless Hawks
07. The Wigmaker’s Widow
08. I Just Destroyed the World
09. When Everything is Green
So do yourself a favor, watch the video and pick up her new album (and her back catalogue) on November 9th. You won’t be disappointed with it at all if you like the video and song above.
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This post was written by Gabe Wilkinson on October 19, 2010