image courtesy of Piers Allardyce
Doris Brendel, a singer of rare talent and pedigree, is set to release her latest album, 'The Last Adventure', on Sky-Rocket Records on 1st November. The daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album 'The Fire Sermon' in 1991.
Twenty years on, and just as The Violet Hour are finally receiving the acclaim their brilliance deserved, Brendel is forging ahead with a new, more exciting chapter in her solo career with the heavily-anticipated release of 'The Last Adventure'.
Recorded with a circle of musicians that Doris has been working with extensively over the years, including Dave Beeson who produced her last album 'DB Driving', 'The Last Adventure' has a gorgeously retro feel that perfectly compliments Brendel's distinctive, husky vocals. Recorded in the old-fashioned way - no sequencers or click tracks for Brendel - at heart it's a rock record that embraces a variety of styles. Think Joni Mitchell or Skunk Anansie getting down with the Beatles and Muse.
Several tracks feature Brendel's trademark instrument the flageolet - a member of the flute family - which lends a subtle Celtic tinge to the music. The traditional rock of 'Get A Life' and 'I'm Not Old I'm Experienced' sits easily with the Cranberries-esque fervour of 'What Are you Saying'. 'What Have I Done' is a Beatles-style pop song; 'Latest Fantasy' a foray into ambient Celtic nu-rock; and 'Why are You Still Here' a straight-up progressive rock belter. Throw in a few stylistic curve balls - 'The Last Adventure', 'Work In Progress' and 'Almost Perfect' are impossible to categorise - and Brendel has created an album of breathtaking versatility.
01 What Are You Saying
02 The Last Adventure
03 I'm Not Old I'm Experienced
04 Latest Fantasy
05 What Have I Done
06 Work in Progress
07 Get a Life
08 You're Almost Perfect
09 Be My Guitar
10 Why Are You Still Here
11 My Town
Catch Doris perform at the following live shows:
WED 15TH SEPTEMBER - Madame Jo Jo's, London - Doors 6.30pm. On stage 7pm sharp
THURS 30TH SEPTEMBER - Water Rats, London - Doors 6.30pm. On stage 7pm sharp.
WED 6TH OCTOBER - Madame Jo Jo's, London - Doors 6.30pm. On stage 7pm sharp
WED 13TH OCTOBER - Madame Jo Jo's, London - Doors 6.30pm. On stage 7pm sharp
Album: The Last Adventure
Label: Sky-Rocket Records
Serial: SKYCD 07
Release Date: 1 November, 2010