We know we haven't been saying much about the recording we did this summer, and the project we have been working on, but we wanted it to be a little more complete and settled before we filled you all in on the details. Well, it seems that now might be as good a time as any, the tracks are nearly complete, and all moves ahead nicely.
Last summer when we asked Chris Ewen ( Future Bible Heroes ) to help us with the music for out next CD, he readily agreed and we were readily excited. A few days later though, he called and asked us if we would be interested in helping him finish his solo project he had been working on first. All he needed, he said, was violins and vocals. We said, "Violins and Vocals? Honey we've got you covered like a cashmere blanket baby!" Then ,he said, we could begin the next Lorraine a' Malena project. Our answer was a resounding YES.
Ohhhhh. Time for ghostly notes floating on a cloud of sensuous bliss...
The project is called Hidden Variable. Chris has been putting music to some of the most beautiful lyrics ever written, by some of the world's finest writers...Writers like Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Shelley Jackson, Harvey Jacobs, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire, China MiEville, Lemony Snicket, Martha Soukup, and Peter Straub. The beat in some of the songs remind us of Depeche Mode. (Malena loves them)
We went to Boston this summer and Malena put down the vocals and Lorraine started the violins, soon Chris will come out for some serious violin recording (and dead of Winter experience) and we will be done. Chris is hoping to have Hidden Variable out before Spring, on a proper label of course, and for ourselves, we are in love with him and his genius. The three of us are musically besotted in fact.
So Hidden Variable is Chris Ewen, with Lorraine a' Malena, and the next Lorraine a' Malena, is now Lorraine a' Malena, with Chris Ewen.
This music, my dears, is sweet. Very, very sweet. The lyrics are..well, scary and soothing, beautiful and viscious. Sounds like someone we know! We listen to the rough mixes every day and we're not sick of them yet! Ahhhhh! We can't wait to share them with you. It will be a nice Valentines Present for all our LaMies.
Love and Hidden Variables,
Lorraine and Malena