Lunabee & Swan
LUNABEE & SWAN Joanna Swan & Lunabee met over myspace in the spring of 2006 and in discovering and falling for each others music, realised there was a inevitability to a collaboration. A musical and personal friendship began to blossom and this captivating album began to take shape throughout the proceeding year. Lunabee is from Brussels in Belgium and Joanna Swan from Bristol in the UK. Lunabee & Swan is also the name of this inspired debut album from these two unique artists. Lunabee's first album, 'Prenez Garde Aux Flots Bleus', was a musical triumph and established her as one of Belgium's most exciting newcomers. Joanna Swan is part of Ilya, who were signed to Virgin in 2002 and released their debut album, 'They Died For Beauty' to massive critical acclaim. Their flagship song, 'Bellissimo', was, and still is, used by Revlon and Cacharel for worldwide advertising campaigns. And Soleil Soleil, from the same album, is heard this year in the film 'Mr Brooks', starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt. Throughout 2006 Lunabee & Swan threw themselves into a creative furnace with total freedom of expression and the resultant album is a dynamic tour de force of style and emotion. One could start by giving it the description of a kind of surreal hypnotic Lounge ( in which Scott Walker jams with Nino Rota and Massive Attack ). Only this flamboyant and spirited album takes a much broader journey, and the merging of these two artistic talents has given birth to a fresh and original sound. It is an album full of real soul and ingenuity, a moving and playful exploration of atmospheric drama and melodic orchestration. Lunabee's theatrical compositions and arrangements - modern, yet other worldly - have reached new and dazzling heights. Combine this with Swans ravishing and commanding vocal presence, surreal lyrics and soaring melodies, and you have an album brimming with character and passion. The whole has been waved at by the magic wand of producer and mixer Pierre Vervloesem, whose production has Lunabee & Swan shimmering, like a heatwave, on their enchanted lake.