Marc Martel celebrates the two singers in this take on one of opera’s most beloved arias, Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”.
Martel is the singer chosen to play Freddie Mercury on the traveling show, The Queen Extravaganza. “It’s been insane,” recalls Martel. “I entered the competition on a whim, never expecting things to take off the way they did. The Extravaganza has taken me places I’ve never been and I’m forever grateful to Roger Taylor and Brian May for giving me that opportunity.”
Martel’s upcoming solo debut, Impersonator, releases 30 September.
Smoky Americana by way of Germany, singer/songwriter Pauline Andrès will release her debut album, All Them Ghosts, on 14 October.
All Them Ghosts’s 11 literate observations of truth, half-lies and possible falsehoods were birthed over a period of four years and in as many countries. Taking a year to record, the process of bringing All Them Ghosts to life was fraught with sickness, personnel issues and financial strife. Persevering with the help of cigarettes and wine, Andrès has released the album’s first single, “Patsy Cline”, a twisted love story that pays homage to the country matriarch.
Indie bands are a dime a dozen these days, as made evident by the veritable deluge of bands from Brooklyn that continues to put out release after release of low-key, guitar-driven rock. The trio that calls itself Dreamers also calls Brooklyn its home base, but as its latest song “Wolves” evinces, it is able to rise above the masses through one simple tactic: writing a fantastic chorus. Using the folksy wisdom of the main refrain “If you lie down with wolves / You learn to howl” as an anchor, Dreamers craft a tune that’s likely to have people singing along with the song’s lupine aphorism.
Eric Von Haessler’s documentary Scarred But Smarter tells the tale of a band that, while under the radar by the average person’s standards, have nonetheless remained vital and influential over the course of its now 30-year tenure: the Atlanta indie rock outfit Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. Few bands last as long as this trio, comprised of singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney, guitarist Tim Nielsenand, and drummer Paul Lenz; that the group has remained headstrong is but one of many reasons why a film about its musical journey is so fascinating a document.