Burlesque, wildly surprising, creative, experimental, dramatic, comedic, and one-of-a-kind, not to say unique,
This Brooklyn-based collective deserves a collection of adjectives to describe how rich is their artistry.
This collective consists in Lauren Worsham (lead vocals and Drama Desk award winner and Tony Award nominee for Broadway show A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder. ) – Kyle Jarrow (keyboards, songwriter, and Obie Award winning writer for the stage, film and television [upcoming SpongeBob Musical and The Drop, a drama series for the CW television network] ) – David Blasher (cello) – Eric Day (bass, horn/string arrangements) – Jessi Suzuki (backing vocals) – Perry Silver (drums) – Kristin Piacentile (backing vocals) – Kevin Wunderlich (guitar) – Lizzie O’Hara (backing vocals, emeritas).
It goes by the name of Sky-Pony, offers you an original musical gift before Christmas,
With the release of their full-length debut album ‘Beautiful Monster’, available on December 4th.
Pre-order it now : here
By 2015, they landed a deal with Knitting Factory Records and spent seven days in Duncan Sheik’s Sneaky Studio alongside producer Michael Tudor [Suzanne Vega, Rufus Wainwright, Sheik], and here’s the result:
‘Beautiful Monster’ is not just an album, each track dramatizing different characters, this is actually a short novel to dive in.
Here, not only you relate to the songs, but the characters dramatized in each song emphasizes this.
This artistic process to make you dive in the song and connect with the lyrics is effective, indeed.
As says lead singer Lauren Worsham, “These songs are all characters. I feel like I’m stepping into a role with each one.”
One of the most striking characters on the album is the blood-soaked jealous lover starring in the title track – also the inspiration for the cover art. Over a delicate piano melody and string section, she assures, “If you leave me, I will rip your face off. That’s how much I love you.”“It’s a twisted love song,” Lauren goes on. “I always loved the title, and we wanted to create something that lived up to its implications.”
“We wanted something that had a dark Weimar Cabaret kind of vibe,” says Kyle. “There’s a cheekiness and a darkness.”
“We’re promoting the album untraditionally,” explains Kyle. “We’re going to do a concert-hybrid theater piece. It felt like it fit better with the band’s aesthetic to do a fully-produced show. There will be a tour, but this is the start.”
It begins with “The Watcher.” Driven by a distinct guitar gallop, the song quickly slides into a vaudevillian swing before climaxing on an unshakable refrain.
“That song comes from a female stalker’s point-of-view,” says Kyle.
“The idea of writing songs from a strong twisted female perspective was always important to us.
Not a lot of bands do that.
When you typically hear a song about a woman longing for somebody she can’t have, it’s almost always from a position of weakness.
This has strength and aggression to it. There’s a frank female sexuality that Lauren captures.”
“It was important to make a record that was both fun and smart,” concludes Kyle. “I’d love for people to play it and be able to work out, get drunk, or dance… but also think a bit too.”
Let’s end this with a little throwback: a extract from their previous EP titled ‘Say You Love Me Like Moean It”.
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