Live in Dresden
GZH54 || September 2014 || CD / Download
CD || Limited Edition - handmade, letterpressed sleeve. Includes a free download of the entire album.
DIGITAL || Visit our Bandcamp page to purchase digital items in Lossless/MP3 format.
Live In Dresden contains different versions of six songs from Chantal Acda’s debut solo album Let Your Hands Be My Guide, as performed with her touring band - Alan Gevaert (dEUS, Trixie Whitley) on bass, Gaetan Vandewoude (Isbells) on guitar and Eric Thielemans (Jozef Dumoulin Trio, Lidlboi, Tape Cuts Tape) – at the Societaetstheater in Dresden, Germany in April of this year.
Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda (b. 1978) has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three acclaimed albums that closed on the With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields (2010) album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). They toured the UK and Benelux with Low in 2011. After all this, it was time for her first real solo record. Playing in various formations (Isbells, True Bypass, Marble Sounds) had made her conscious of the patterns that we all, as humans, share in. So, she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and who were conscious of the patterns we so often fall back on.
Nils Frahm was the first of these to cross her path. The inventive German pianist and producer is an intense and adventurous performer and was a perfect match for this project. Acda also experienced a direct bond with Peter Broderick, a multi-instrumentalist known from his solo work (on labels such as Bella Union and Erased Tapes) and from his work with, among others, Efterklang. Cellist extraordinaire Gyda Valtysdottir from Icelandic group Múm had previously worked with Chantal as a member of the Sleepingdog live band. And lastly, Shahzad Ismaily stumbled into this picture by chance, but when Acda and he found themselves in the same room they formed an instant rapport.
The circle completed, Acda had found the 4 worlds that would enable her to record the album in full freedom. Power revealed through vulnerability. Nils Frahm, who plays throughout the record, also took on the role of producer. What began as a journey ended as this wonderful record - one wherein the five musicians were able to find their place and, together, and with great warmth, tell their nine-song story. Let Your Hands Be My Guide.
When it came to touring around this release, the main challenge Chantal was facing was how to bring these
songs live. The musicians that helped her record the album were both genius and very specific, and it was hard to recreate that same sound on stage with a different band. So she decided to step away from the album sound and employ the same vision of freedom towards the live set-up, surrounding herself with musicians that were able to bring their own magic to the table and transform her music into a new and refreshing whole by
interpreting the songs rather than recreating them, and allowing her and us to experience the songs in a different way. This is something of great value to Chantal and enamoured by these unique live versions as well.
"introspective and unhurried music that inhabits a wondrous place between indie, shoegaze, and ambient sensibilities all led by Chantal’s beautiful and sincere voice."
2. We Will, We Must
3. Own Time
4. My Night