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Butterfly Boucher’s stunning new self-titled album “Butterfly Boucher”

Amy reviews Butterfly Boucher’s new self-titled album

Artist:Butterfly Boucher
Album: “Butterfly Boucher” (self-titled)
Release Date: 13 April, 2012

How often these days do you put an album on for the first time and instantly fall in love with every single track? I can honestly say that hasn’t happened to me for a really long time, but when Butterfly Boucher’s latest album hits our stores, our online download sites and our ears on Friday the 13th of April, you are in for a real treat! All ten tracks are a masterpiece of musical design, featuring exquisite instrumentation that will intrigue, excite and provide you with an album you will listen to and love for many years to come.

The classical composer in me melted around the two-minute mark in the track None The Wiser where a gothic pipe-organ, Baroque harpsichord and toccata-style solo stopped me in my tracks and gave me the “holy shit!” goosebumps.  The track The Weather is sassy and sexy, with just enough distorted guitar to give Butterfly a grungy edge in this track. The opening swirling organ of Not Fooling Around is exquisite and the rest of the track is full of twists and turns that will excite. The reflective Warning Bell is thoughtful and extremely beautiful, with it’s slightly jazzy guitar chords giving it a bluesy bite. The entire album really is exceptional, extremely clever and deliciously addictive.

This album is mature, hand-crafted, intimate, epic and thoughtful. If Butterfly lived in the 1840s, she’d be Beethoven. If she lived in the 1960s, she’d be John Lennon. I’m no fortune teller, but I tell you what, this girl has got something to say and if I had a million bucks, I’d bet it all on the fact that she’s the next musical genius of her generation. I think I’ve used just about every descriptive adjective I know in this review, but you know what…this album really speaks for itself. I give it 6 out of 5 kisses, if that’s possible. It’s my new favourite album and I guarantee you, it probably will be for a long while yet!

The title track 5678! has been out now since February and has already caused a stir. 5678! was declared iTunes Single Of The Week only a few weeks ago. Her quirky music video for this track (which I have posted to the Kiss My Arts Facebook Page for you all to check out) includes 20 seconds in the middle of the song where she says “So you think you can dance do you?” and swings her long lanky legs, twitches her shoulders up and down and struts across the screen showing off her not-so-amazing dance skills in the cutest possible way. I’m sure she really is a great dancer, deep down! She invites fans to the 20 seconds of pure dance challenge, asking us to upload our own 20 seconds of pure dance videos in response to hers. Many have already responded, including Butterfly’s long-tome friend and musical colleague, Missy Higgins who uploaded a video with dancing even more ridiculous than Butterfly’s. If you feel inspired, we’d love for you to take up the challenge too.

Get onto iTunes now and pre-order Butterfly Boucher’s new album, due to be released on April the 13th. It is an album I can’t recommend enough and can’t turn off. It’s on continuous repeat at my house! Thanks Butterfly. You’ve made my week!

Written by Amy Bastow for the Kiss My Arts Show on Joy 94.9 – All opinions are mine. Copyright 2012.

Butterfly Boucher rocked her one-woman show at the Northcote Social Club

Hailing from Adelaide, this singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer started her music career playing bass in her sister’s band, The Mercy Bell. Butterfly released her first solo album in 2004 and since then, has worked with David Bowie, touring as bass player and vocalist for Sarah MacLachlan and most recently, spending most of 2011 producing Missy Higgins’ forthcoming new album.

She’s just completed a quick east-coast tour of Australia before heading back to Nashville, where she currently resides. Butterfly has enjoyed large amounts of TV love in the States, and 5678!, the title track off her soon-to-be released album, has already aired on American television, with it’s debut in January on NBC ‘s Grey’s Anatomy spin off Private Practice.

I had the privilege of heading to her gig at the Northcote Social Club last Wednesday the 21st of March. Standing alone on a brightly lit stage with an audience and a lone microphone glaring at you would be enough to scare the breakfast burrito out of anyone. But not Butterly Boucher, who rocked her guitar, wiggled her lanky little legs and charmed the pants off everyone sitting in the room.

Butterfly is irresistibly cute in an old-fashioned kind of way. Her old-skool charm propelled this one-woman show forward with incredible might. Half way through her set, she stops to pass around a clip-board so that we could write down our email addresses to be added to her mailing list. So old-fashioned, but so cute and refreshing. She even lovingly amended the zip code to say “postcode” as to not offend any of us Aussie folk.

The thing I really like about Butterfly is the fact that she is real. Warts and all. Right in the middle of her song “Another White Dash” from her first album, Flutterby, she suddenly stops and says “what are the words again?”. She had been so busy encouraging all of us in the crowd to sing along that she had momentarily forgotten her own lyrics. Anyone else, alone on that brightly lit stage might have frozen, but not Butterfly, who continued to charm us all with her sense of humour and her incredible voice.

She did occasionally use a little magic box on the floor, which she introduced to us as “her band”, which was pre-recorded material to help back her solo efforts every now and then. I usually cringe when artists do this, likening it to karaoke, but Butterfly used it so sparingly and so well, that I didn’t mind one bit.

Her vocals never faltered once throughout her long set. They particularly shone on the loud high notes with a pelting strum of the guitar to accompany. Such power and gusto in this register…the kind that sends goosebumps straight to the back of your neck.

Half way through the set, Yeo, who was one of her support acts, jumped on stage to play the tambourine. Butterfly, in her usual slightly daggy but oh-so-charming way, laughed saying he’d been practicing this tambourine part since he was 17.

Butterfly Boucher really is a rare gem in the music world. If you get the chance to see her play live….definitely go!

I’m giving her gig 4.5 out of 5 kisses.

Written by Amy Bastow for the Kiss My Arts Show on Joy 94.9 – All opinions are mine. Copyright 2012.

Mary & the Banks are really going places…but they’d like to find their way back to you

Listen to ‘Way Back To You’ Mary and The Banks EP

Bio supplied by Mary & the Banks…thanks guys!
Mary & the Banks grew out of an entirely serendipitous encounter. Mary, fresh from school, moved from a small town in the Southern Highlands of NSW, to Sydney looking for a dream and a band…not quite sure where to find either. As luck would have it, at a music industry party in late 2011, Mary met bothers Zane and Jy-Perry Banks. The trio soon discovered that they all had a love of the same type of music and all shared a common goal – to write songs and play music around the world. With the New Year, the phenomenon of Mary and the Banks was born and after just six weeks of song writing together, they recorded their first EP, Way Back To You. 

Way Back To You – Mary and The Banks

I know Zane and Jy from our days of studying classical music together at the Sydney Conservatorium. Zane is currently completing a PhD focusing on the use of guitar in contemporary classical music and has just returned from performing the premiere of Australian Composer Brett Dean’s new Ballet, Fire Music with Orchestra Victoria and The Australian Ballet. Their debut EP is unlike anything I expected the brothers to produce. What they, and Mary have crafted is truly beautiful….the most incredible blend of pop, rock, jazz, blues and folk. How you can marry all of those styles into one is beyond me, but they do it! Their music sounds like a trip to your favourite candy store when you were five – it’s delicious, exciting, worth telling your friends about and worth savoring; with moments of familiar flavours but also the discovery of new delights. I give them 4 out of 5 kisses.

Mary & the Banks are holding their EP launch at the Basement in Sydney on the 10th of April from 8:30pm. Make sure you check them out and like their facebook page, because Mary & the Banks are really going places, and they’d like to take you with them!

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