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Accolade


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal gothic darkwave alternative pop/rock

Status:

Most recent release, Catharsis of Rhetorik (EP, 2014)

See also:

Accolade's site

Comparisons:

Dead Can Dance, Miranda Sex Garden

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Accolade play ethereal dark wave in the vein of early Dead Can Dance. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Festivalia

Recordings:


Festivalia

Release info:

2012

Availability:

See Accolade's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Stefanie Renée—vocals, tambourine, zills
Aaron Goldstein—antique reed organ, keyboards, piano, acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, percussion

Guest artists:

Sean Henry—keyboards (8)

Produced by:

Aaron Goldstein

Comments:

Accolade's debut is ethereal dark wave with some stunning lead vocals by Stefanie Renée and a slew of intriguing songs. "Blackwater" sees them play a undulating song that makes good use of Renée's operatic vocals. "Circus" is a nicely orchestrated whimsy with a light feel that they capture well. "Black Flame" sees them play a soft and sophisticated song that recalls early Dead Can Dance. It's a highly promising debut. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Legends

Release info:

2014 (vinyl and digital only)

Availability:

See Accolade's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Stefani Reneé—vocals, tambourine, recorder
Aaron Goldstein—guitars, mandolin, organ, keyboards
Cade Burkhammer—drums, percussion

Guest artists:

Mark Grisez—trumpet (2, 5), flugelhorn (2)

Comments:

The second album by Accolade is in the same vein as the first, maybe a little bit more atmospheric and with some epic-length songs. There's a medieval slant to things here, and that suits the band as well.
     "Elf King" is a majestic and spooky tune, with Reneé's vocal at its finest.
     "The Journey" is an apt title for this song, as it's striking during its lengthy spell.
     The closing "The lady of Shalott" is suitably epic, setting the Tennyson poem to a good tune with a medieval feel to it. Reneé's vocals are very beautiful here. It's a lovely album all told. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Catharsis of Rhetorik EP

Release info:

2014

Availability:

See Accolade's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Stefani Reneé—vocals, zills
Sean Henry—keyboards, backing vocals
Aaron Goldstein—bass guitar

Produced by:

Aaron Goldstein and Sean Henry

Comments:

Accolade is joined by Sean Henry on this ep, and it's a good fit for their dark ethereal sound.
     The last release looked for inspiration in myth and legend, this one is rooted in the present day.
     "Gaze" focuses nicely on Renee's vocals with a more electronic sound than before.
     "March" is a more up-tempo song with a steady beat to fuel the vocals.
     "Heaven" closes the ep nicely, being a soft song with a feel that's just right. It's a great record. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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