Carl & Parissa: Out Of Australia

Carl & Parissa:  Out Of Australia

Track listing

  1. Into the Light [ Sample... ]
  2. Eclipse of the Sun
  3. Don't Flowers Grow
  4. The Bethlehem Bell Ringer [ Sample... ]
  5. Way Down in the Mines
  6. House of Sorrow [ Sample... ]
  7. Mother's Song
  8. The Coniston Massacre
  9. Graceful [ Sample... ]
  10. Zeco [ Sample... ]
  11. Sharpening A Knife
  12. Carmen


Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas come from Australia. Their fame Down Under is considerable. Parissa's angelic voice comes close to an invitation, that is, one from water nymphs and ancient dwellers of the woods of mythology. Carl's warm voice and his guitar-playing make sure that the angels stay in safe contact with Celtic folk tradition.

Their new album on Stockfisch is called "Out of Australia"; while these three words certainly bear no small resemblance to the famous "Out of Africa", you don't have to be exactly a linguist to deduce that "Out of" is the trademark of an intensely emotional liaison with a country. The truth of this becomes more evident as each track of this album unfolds.

"Their music can best be described as cross-cultural. The under current of their songs points to the political situations in the world ... The upper current is poetic and is testimony to a rich imagination and a constantly renewed vitality." Fons Jacobs, Gazet van Antwerpen, Belgium

"If you've seen Carl and Parissa live you will have a good idea what to expect: warmth, generosity, humour and fantastic musicianship. Parissa's outstanding vocals alternate between a tone that would cut glass, and breathy seduction, while Carl sings with a warmth, honesty and a healthy dose of cheekiness. State of the art in contemporary Australian roots music." James Rigby - The Cornstalk Gazette, Sydney

Carl Cleves, originally from Belgium, has accumulated a bottomless bag of stories, rhythms, languages and guitar styles during his nomadic life, which has led him to perform in almost every continent, resulting in highly original songs. In Brazil where he was a band leader for seven years, he released 2 acclaimed albums. An excellent guitarist, singer and storyteller, Carl’s adventures have included stints as an antelope trapper in Uganda, relief worker in cyclonstruck India, radiobroadcaster and ethnomusicologist in Africa and fisherman in the South Pacific.

Parissa Bouas, is an extraordinary singer and songwriter who finds an emotional context for every genre. In Brazil they named her ‘Patativa’, after a bird renowned for its singing. Daughter of a Greek sailor, she inherited his love of Latin music and honed her formidable percussion skills whilst touring throughout Latin America with an Andean Folkloric group. Parissa has written some classic, catchy songs that people sing around the country, such as "Mother’s Song" - which can be heard on this album.

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[ Cost: R270.00 ]

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