Sick of Saturday questions? Not into Chad Smith’s quotes on RHCP? Seen all the media that’s posted every now and then? Today’s your lucky day, I guess, as there’s some REAL news and some MUSIC! ^_^ I’ve been nudged to post some more news on this ever since some people first spotted it; but – just as it was the case with Speed Dealer Moms – I thought it would not be all right to disturb the musicians at work until they’re ready to present something to us.
Swahili Blonde is a new project of the percussionist/vocalist Nicole Turley who formerly played with Los Angeles-based new age band Weave! (you can hear their music here – they opened for Warpaint and the John/Flea/Josh/Stella improvisation band back in September 2008 at the Troubadour) on which she’s exploring new musican horizons and improving her skills by playing alongside other instruments and her collaborator on it is the guitar maestro we all love – John. They were assisted by Stella Mozgawa and a violin player named Laena Myers-Ionita.
For now, you can go to the band’s Myspace page and listen to a couple of their songs – Red Money, Release The Ghost, Tiny Shaman, an instrumental called Dr. Teeth and the above mentioned Elixir Fixir/Elixor Fixor. As keen Bowie fans may notice, Red Money is a cover song that will also appear on the Manimal Vinyl David Bowie tribute album- due out early 2010.
The band’s debut single Elixir Fixir will be released digitally on Manimal Vinyl later this month and there will be an actual CD/EP and 12″ coming up come next year. They describe this style as a mix of Raincoats-style noodlings with the early 70’s Kraut-rock such as Can or Faust.
Here’s the artwork for the single. You can read how the band feels about it here and the description definitely makes sense.
You can also read an interview with ms. Turley where she’s talking about her musical background and this project.
And, of course, say if you dig this! It’s pretty different, but really good, too. No gossip in comments, please.
*Thanks to Katie, Laura, Carole and Harrz for information during this period of time.