The Kaje Sessions: Benny Marchant

The Kaje Sessions presents Benny Marchant. Far from a newcomer to the music world, Marchant formed his first band NRG with a group school mates, which lead to gigs all over the globe, however, post-Graduation NRG split and Marchant relocated to Nashville to pursue his musical dream. After scoring minor success on local radio, Marchant relocated once again to Southern California where he found success awaiting him. With the So. Cal. crowd cheering him on, Marchant has set his eyes breaking Europe and as our The Kaje Session in the park shows, Marchant may not have to have to wait too long…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

Queensway, Kensington Gardens.

What made you choose to use this location?

I was excited to get an opportunity to explore London and perform outside of a studio!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

My College Alumni Festival.  Was interesting playing in front of all of my friends and family .

What made you choose to sing ‘Be With You’ for the session?

This is one of my favourite songs to sing live!  This setting seemed like a great place for it.

The Kaje Sessions: Jessica Clemmons

The Kaje Sessions presents Jessica Clemmons. Houston’s Jessica Clemmons has adopted the UK as her second home.Having spent time recording her debut album “Permanent” on these shores, Clemmons built her fanbase with support slots for both The Soldiers and The Stylistics. Currently back at home in Houston, Clemmons is set to unleash her sophomore album this summer and here at The Kaje we cannot wait! To tantalise and tease, Clemmons has kindly recorded this fab session for us…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

I recorded this in my brother’s house in Houston, TX.

What made you choose this location?

My family is very important to me so I like to include them when I can. My brother was also kind enough to accompany me on the guitar. Plus the acoustics are fantastic!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I did a club tour a couple of years ago and was performing at one at about 2am. I get on stage ready to rock the house then I notice two very tall (at least near 7  feet tall in heels) drag queens to either side of me performing as my dancers. Needless to say, I’ll never forget that gig!

What made you choose “Beautiful” for the session?

This song is my first single from my new album “Loving This Day” and it’s very close to my heart. In a day where women judge themselves based on what magazines and television tell us to look like, I feel it’s important to convey a positive message. Especially to the younger generation.

The Kaje Sessions: Islington Boys’ Club

The Kaje Sessions presents Islington Boys’ Club. Having met through mutual friends, this North London based quartet have been building up an unbeatable reputation on the live circuit. With their double A Side Pristine/Plastic 16 easily one of The Kaje‘s favourite releases of 2010, we were thrilled that they agreed to this very special The Kaje Session.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

We recorded it in The Church Of The New Jerusalem in Islington.

What made you choose to use this location?

We choose it because of it’s rather unusual aesthetic and natural reverb.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

Probably the most unusual place we’ve played is on a boat on the Thames, last Summer. We went onstage around 1am and the boat was quite literally rocking!

What made you choose “Misfit Sugar” for the session?

We chose to do it as an acoustic for you because it’s going to be the title song of our next release, an EP, which is out in the Spring. Wanted to give you a flavor of that rather than doing one of the songs from our debut single that just came out last month.

The Kaje Sessions: Stuart Newman

The Kaje Sessions presents Stuart Newman. The home appears to be a favourite location for an artist when recording their session, but Brighton based Stuart Newman has taken us somewhere no-one else has – his bathroom!  You can easily “Feel The Temperature Rising” as Stuart subtle delivery sends shivers down your spine.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

In my bathroom at my home.

What made you choose to use this location?

First of all, why not!? Second of all, it’s kinda quirky. Bit like me. Thirdly off all, I think it’s a little different. If in doubt, I say, change a variable. See what happens. Plus, bathrooms make a nice reverb sound sometimes. I’ve used bathroom sounds before too, in recordings. I used a shower noise in my song ‘A-Negative’.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I’m a recording artist only, so far. It’s all about the studio and recording for me.

What made you choose “Feel The Temperature Rising” for the session?

Well, it’s my new single. There’s that thinking of, “you’re only as good as your last song”. I’m not sure I agree with that idea, but it seemed a good choice anyway. It’s a song with both slow plucking and faster strumming, so the thinking was that that might provide a nice contrast, with the echoes in the bathroom!

The Kaje Sessions: Dave H

Last week we launched The Kaje Sessions to a barrage of interest from artists both established and upcoming, but Dave H submitted his own session in record time. The former Bassland singer has gone solo, with a stab at the pop terrain he loves best. A real Diane Warren fan, “Anymore” sees Dave H in Delta Goodrem/Darren Hayes/Mariah Carey territory. The heartfelt performance is carried out whilst Dave prepares chicken fajitas for us all – genius!

Where did you record the Kaje Session?

This was recorded in my kitchen… I know,  I’m wild!  Just before making chicken fajitas though… yum!

What made you choose this location?

I originally wanted to do it on the balcony but I couldn’t get a power supply out the window.  I thought the kitchen would be good, just back from work after doing the day job.

What is the most unusual live date you’ve played?

Probably in this little pub in Gloucester.  It was a gig for the Severn Bore which is this wave that happens on the river once a year.

What made you choose “Anymore” for the session?

People say this is my best song.  Or at least one of them!  I love it too.  I really relate to it.  It was written at a rather traumatic time in my life where everything went wrong at the same time.  This song is about how I felt.  I think many people go through similar experiences so hopefully people can relate to it.

If like Dave H, you would like to demonstrate your abilities (be it singing, acting, painting, comedy, poetry – anything goes!) on The Kaje Sessions, simply e-mail with details of the talent you’d like to demonstrate!

ALBUM REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club “Flaws”

Release Date: 12th July 2010
Label: Island

Bombay Bicycle Club’s debut album “I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose” is a distance memory with the release of their new album “Flaws”. The shift towards the acoustic, more melodic rhythms, would certainly be something of a challenge for many bands – particularly for an entire album which is only the band’s second release. However, it must be said that Bombay Bicycle Club have succeeded in creating a sound which looks to not define them, but sees them successfully defining a sound.

‘Rinse Me Down’ is the opening track with a distinct machine gun drum beat, and a driving sound that makes it stand out for one very important reason – it isn’t like other acoustic tracks which can sometimes flounder in quiet anonymity. This purposeful sound continues with ‘There Are Many Ways’, which has an individual tone, and an element of innocence in its sound.

Bombay Bicycle Club haven’t produced the classic example of an excellent acoustic album – sounding less like a bad recording, and more like a complete piece of art.  That sense of completeness is prevalent throughout, and evidenced in the new version of ‘Dust On The Ground’ which has sneaked in from the last album. The distinctive vocals of Jack Steadman and a mellow guitar in the background, suggest to the listener that this is much more astute version of the original track, explicitly defining just where BBC are now.

The medley of tracks in the mid-section are well-rounded, slower affairs – Steadman’s vocals pushing at the limits of acoustic understanding. Perhaps the best track on the album is ‘My God’, 150 seconds of something special. The Spanish-sounding guitar, the thought-provoking lyrics, and the curiously wandering rhythm make this a hypnotically delicate track which draws in the listener up to the last second, and leaves you with a need for more.

Others would suggest that BBC are now following in the footsteps of Mumford & Sons, and other assorted bands in the folk cross-over genre, but compare their first two albums and you will see the confidence in the band to experiment and push away from the conventional. Yes, this won’t be to all their fans’ tastes, however, there will be many that will recognise this as something special – as it should be.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Constantinos Kypridemos

ALBUM REVIEW: Lail Arad “Someone New”

Label: Notify Music
Release Date: 14.06.2010

Lail Arad’s debut “Someone New” is refreshing in this new decade’s music scene, which is currently dominated by the likes of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga! Lail’s music is alive, her effervescent personality is evoked through it and her lyrics are wild and vivid like those first few singles from No Doubt. Music isn’t just a sound, it is something we search for answers in and use to frame our moods, Lail’s album is perfect for this. While her voice is nothing but beautiful and the folk music is delicately simple, her songs are reflective and emit her sense of humour – kind of a “what the heck” attitude – she vocalises her personal confusion, and comments on the world around her.

Pleasantly, every song on this album is different, the energy of ‘MMM’, the almost bluesy feel to ‘Everyone Is Moving To Berlin’ and the hidden melancholy of ‘Who Am I’; this is the kind of album that you love within one listen and you finish wanting to hear more because she expresses the feelings we have all experienced in such a quirky way that you warm to her immediately. I love ‘Magic’ – her voice is extra beautiful in this song and the sound of the violin strings faintly in the background lift you up and take you away from whatever you are doing, you live in her imagination and her thoughts for the duration of the song. However, my ultimate favourite is ‘Someone New’ – if you like calming, thought-provoking music, injected with a little ‘p-zazz’… Look out for Lail Arad… I have a feeling this girl will go far!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Clare Raybould

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