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Fallulah


Country of origin:

Denmark

Type of music generally:

Alternative pop, rock

Status:

Most recent release, Perfect Tense (2016)

See also:

Fallulah's site

Wikipedia's entry on Fallulah

Comparisons:

Florence and the Machine, Rainbirds' Katharina Franck

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Fallulah is basically Marie Apetri and her band, who do pop rock lead by with Apetri's impressive, empassioned, powerful voice a la Florence and the Machine. Vocalist Marie Apetri sings with verve and a touch of bluesy rasp, and her vocals are certainly the star of the show. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

The Black Cat Neighbourhood

Recordings:


The Black Cat Neighbourhood

Release info:

2010—Sony/RCA—88697 75824 2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for pop fans

Group members:

Marie Apetri—vocals, backing vocals, tambourine, keyboards, claps, sampling, tom, tambourin, glockenspiel, circuit dialog keys, woodwinds, mini-clarinet, March drum, piano, bells, whistles, magic dripdrop, stomping, bass, ukulele, midi-harp, hairy bongo drums, glass, box with nuts & bolts, marimbo, meows, percussion, toy guitar, melotron, fantasy keys

Guest artists:

Morten Segaard Anderson—guitar (1, 12); acoustic guitar, banjo, backing vocals (4); sho-bro guitar (9)
Fridolin—drums, synth-bass, percussion, strings, tape-machine, bass, guitars, keys, melotron, harp, cs-80, piano, midi harp, glockenspiel, marchdrum, bongo drum, coins, violin, cello, backward sounds, voodoo drums, lap steel
Andreas Hjorth Jessen—contrabass (1, 4); cello og violin (1); violin (4, 9); cello (9); backing vocals (9); electric bass (12)
Frederk Tao—daburka, percussion (1); whistles (6)
Mikkel Gemzøe—drums, percussion, midi-strings (1)
Xian Foo—bass drum, cymbals (4); glockenspiel (9); backing vocals, drums (12)
Ben Kamiewski—whistles (6)
Valdemar Have—guitar, backing vocals (10)
Henrik Hamilton—guitar (11)
Carl-Erik Riestra—bass (11)
Emil Anderson—backing vocals (4, 12); keys (12)

Produced by:

Frodolin; co-produced by Marie Apetri

Comments:

This is a strong, well-constructed, and varied collection of pop/rock songs, bouncy and catchy from the very first moment. "Hey You" and "I Lay my Head" reminds me so much of Rainbirds and Splashdown, both in overall song structure and the vocals. The song that I can't resist is the poppy, energetic "Bridges" with its tantalizing and strange section where the vocals slide off beat in the middle of the song—it messes with my head (in a good way) each time I hear it. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Discovering albums like this is what I love best about the Ectoguide. This is pop music at its best—inventive and engaging. I hear resemblances to Florence and the Machine, as many have pointed out, but also Camille, and occasionally Adele ("Out of It") and, vocally, Nicole Atkins ("Use It for Good"). I look forward to hearing where this artist goes in the future. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Escapism

Release info:

2013—Sony—88765448772

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Maria Apetri—vocals, drums, keys, claps, thighs, synth bass, melodica, ukulele, toms, marimba, tambourine, Costa Rican steel tin, stomps, drum programming, piano, whistling

Guest artists:

A. Wanngren—keys (1, 10-12); omnichord (1); bass (4, 11-13); trumpet (4); trombone (4, 12); guitar (10, 11, 13)
B. Falgren—violin, viola (1, 7, 10, 11); cello (1)
J. Luth—drums (1-3, 7, 10, 11)
"Hesa Fredrik"—itself (1)
The Rural—keys, bass, guitar (2)
I. S¿fteland Neset—flutes (2, 4, 5, 7, 10); choir (7)
J. Dring—guitar, keys, ebow, bass (3)
L. Howe—bass, keys (5, 7); guitar, drum programming (5)
J. Bryan—guitar, bass, keys, stomps, drum programming (6)
R. Josefsdottir, S. Ziedoy, R. Kjeldsen, A. Hjorth, N. Kingo—choir (7)
T. Nissen—keys, guitar, bass (8, 9); glockenspiel, synth bass, piano (9)
M. Helborn—drums (8)
L. Herbst—drums, percussion (9, 12)
J. Parker—keys (10)
A. Kraglund—violin, viola (13)

Produced by:

Maria Apetri (1-4, 8-13); The Rural (2); L. Howe (5, 7); J. Bryan (6); T. Nissen (8, 9); J. Parker (10)

Comments:

More smart alternative pop with slightly different moods and a lot of catchy melodies and choruses. I really love this album. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Perfect Tense

Release info:

2016—Instant Records—INS000082

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

I love the incredibly catch title track ("Social Club" and "Bob Dylan" are also pretty good), but overall I don't enjoy this album as much as her first two. (JoAnn Whetsell)

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