The Whispering Tree Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 6/1

The Whispering Tree

The Whispering Tree

Now based in New York, classically trained vocalist Eleanor Kleiner and French bassist Elie Brangbour met at the London Center of Contemporary Music in 2004. Together they formed The Whispering Tree, Eleanor’s liquid-sweet voice balanced and grounded by Elie’s solid bass, their extensive training only evident in how effortlessly the songs flow.

Since their meeting, Eleanor and Elie have traveled the world, sharing their music and picking up new influences everywhere from China to South America. Their new release, Go Call the Captain, combines elements of folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass into a melting pot of musical inspiration that is at once familiar and otherworldly.

Indeed, if one listened to only a couple of tracks, they might get a fairly different impression of the duo compared to listening to the whole album.  Piano-rich songs like By the Side of the Road and Las Vegas evoke a certain melancholy.  So Many Things speaks to consumerism in a quirky, jazzy upbeat flavor including peppy brushed drums.  The twangy banjo in Slide sidles up to the funky bass and adds a down-homeness to the groove I could see myself dancing to at an outdoor concert on a summer evening.

It may be hard to imagine without actually listening to it, but all the variety works well together, and listening to the album is like getting to know the different sides of a friend.  The different styles come one after the other as naturally as a coffee shop conversation turns from one subject to another over the course of an hour.

Speaking of spending time with friends, it seemed like a friend popped over a few weeks ago when I was de-cluttering in my little home office with my iTunes set on random and So Many Things came up for the first time.  I stopped for a moment and laughed a little – it was almost as if Eleanor was standing over my shoulder observing the many things I had managed to cram into the tiny space over the past couple of years!  Have a listen and see if you can relate to any of it as well:

If you’re reading this elsewhere, you may need to come to the actual blog to see the video.

Check out their website to hear and purchase other tracks.
You’ll also find easy links there for connecting with The Whispering Tree on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter.

Finally, don’t forget to tune in to KRUU-LP 100.1 FM here in town or online anywhere for The Whispering Tree interview on Tuesday, June 1st!  Eleanor and Elie will be calling in at about 9am Central.  Plus we’ll have more great music for the second half hour too!

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