Mary Fahl: A Complex Vocal History and Style

A colossal voice that manages to soar to the heavens, releases a new EP plus talks of an upcoming album!

When October Project hit the mainstream(due partly to being signed to a major label), people were stunned by the voice of the lead singer Mary Fahl. What is it? At that time, listeners thought she sounded like Enya’s sister Moya Brennan(of Clannad) or Annie Lennox. There’s that dark beauty behind the supple voice. Back then, I was still exploring various musical genres and I was not aware of singers like Sandy Denny or Annie Haslam for reference(she’s a huge fan of them). Thanks to Fahl I was able to explore them gradually.

I think what’s amazing about her singing is what she does to such a big voice. It can sound light and airy especially the upper register. But it can also be dark and commanding when she is singing in her lower and comfortable range-the fuller contralto part. With an amazing band to back her up, her singing touched the imagination of many.

Fast forward two decades later, Fahl is on her own. But it is in her solo career that she’s able to experiment so much with the voice. You got to give her high-five for releasing two EPs, Three full-length albums and a live record. Her songs are also in three compilations, two among them are movie soundtracks. There is a full-length album in the talks. But in order for that to come into fruition (with great production along with her band) she has to raise funds. And that’s why Four Songs came into being. According to her website www.maryfahl.com :

FOUR SONGS is a collection of Italian arias beautifully produced by John Lissauer. This limited edition, signed and personalized EP is a fundraiser to help me complete the full album. Each purchase enters you into a drawing to receive a free copy of the fully produced album. * Order 5 copies or more and receive a free Mary Fahl T-shirt. Order 10 copies or more and receive 2 complimentary tickets to a Mary Fahl show near you.

Looking back, I think Mary Fahl is meant to happen. There will always be people like me who will gravitate towards such voice. There is nothing like it. It is hard to describe but her singing touches something in me that’s both mystical and emotional. Perhaps it is because of my unique way of looking at the world that I find her unique art inspiring. Perhaps it is that sensitivity of the soul that longs for something that is like heaven, if heaven is indeed real.

Album Review: Arcade Messiah.

I have listened to the new album of Arcade Messiah. This is the latest project from Kingbathman frontman John Basset . This is not the first time I listened to his music as I did a previous review of his solo album. The album is 100 % instrumental so there is no distraction of lyrics I do like the way it is. I am not a lyrics guy but I find that great lyrics can be a source if distractions while you dissect a beautiful guitar rift or the clever arrangement of a song. Arcade Messiah Album Cover

Arcade Messiah has seven tracks lasting a total of 42 minutes and 22 seconds. The y range from fast power metal to slow soundtrack types. Sun Exile sounds like a perfect track for computer war games. Your Best Line of Defence is Obscurity has is a good track to wake up to over coffee or tea while you start to gather your things as you  go to work. I find myself not into fast tunes so much when I wake up as my brain needs to process things slowly.

The mood continues with Traumascope and Aftermath. But aftermath has this interesting ‘suspense’ feel that I associate with Sci Fi TV series. I imagine spaceships landing over deserts and forests. The pace picks up with Everybody Eating Everyone Else and slows down a bit with The Most Popular Form of Escape.  The album ends with Roman Resolution which is haunting and beautiful. I am always fascinated by songs that make it to the last track of every album as they either show an artist next project or the total of what the album is all about.

For those who love electric guitar music or instrumental rock in general then this is something you will place on your top 5 albums of the year. It is well crafted, well conceived and meticulously produced. I don’t think there is anything in the genre that sounds quite like it!

https://arcademessiah.bandcamp.com

http://www.arcademessiah.com

http://www.kingbathmat.com

http://www.johnbassettmusic.com

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Hunger is Stronger than Fear – D.B. Rouse

I urge you to this artist I recently discovered. His name is Ben Rouse. He has a new single out called Hunger is Stronger than Fear. Now, if you love Irish folk and Bluegrass music then this will appeal to you. It is the fifth track from the album Flophouse in the Sky. I have yet to listen to the full album so watch out for my review. In the meantime this is a great teaser. What a great song to wake up to on a Saturday morning. Yes no work today so I just want to listen to music all day!

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MARY FAHL Exiles The Wolves of Midwinter 2014 ANNE RICE Ball New Orleans

My big appreciation to Enigma Arts for posting this video of Mary Fahl singing in Anne Rice’s Lestat Ball held in New Orleans.

Read my review of Mary Fahl : LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE (Double CD)

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Mary Fahl. Photo courtesy of http://maryfahl.com/photos/

Hi friends,

Some of you might already be aware that I am expanding my blogging to other sites. I wrote a review of this amazing album by Mary Fah called Mary Fahl : LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE (Double CD). You can read the full details at Expats Post: http://expatspost.com/entertainment/music/mary-fahl-live-at-the-mauch-chunk-opera-house-double-cd/

As you will read further that I have been captivated by her unique artistry for years!

From the Archive: October Project Live At The TLA 1996 (FULL CONCERT)

 

Whoever tornadoman14 is, he left us with a timeless gem that I was not able to see the first time it came out. I am talking about the full concert of the October Project way back in 1996 after they released their sophomore album Falling Further In. Yes I read the magazine reviews but information was very slow in the 90s.  Finally here it is. And as usual I am captivated by the gorgeous voice of Mary Fahl. She is promoting her single Exiles. It’s a theme from the audio book of Anne Rice called The Wolves of Mid Winter.

Mary Fahl (lead vocals), Marina Belica (vocals, keyboards), David Sabatino (vocals, guitars), and husband-and-wife Emil Adler (vocals, keyboards, melodies) and Julie Flanders (lyrics). Urbano Sanchez (percussion)

Mary Fahl (lead vocals), Marina Belica (vocals, keyboards), David Sabatino (vocals, guitars), and husband-and-wife Emil Adler (vocals, keyboards, melodies) and Julie Flanders (lyrics). Urbano Sanchez (percussion)

Mary Fahl:”Love & Gravity” CD release party at The Cutting Room.

Portrait by LIsa Hancock. Taken in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.

Portrait by LIsa Hancock. Taken in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.

I will be getting my own copy of Love & Gravity by Mary Fahl when it gets released next month. I am also excited to know that she will celebrate that album release with a full band in New York City. I could not make it there but it is great that her musical career is blossoming. According to her facebook post:

BIG NEWS:  I am thrilled to share that for the first time in 10 years, I will be performing in #NewYorkCity … with a full band no less! Yes, on Feb. 10 I will be having my “Love & Gravity” CD release party at The Cutting Room.  I would ab…solutely love to see you there! Please share this on your Facebook pages for any friends you have in the #NYC area who would like to join us.
For tickets, please call 212-691-1900 or visit the link below. I am so excited for this show! Get your tickets here:

She recently recorded a song for Wolves in Midwinter, an audiobook version of a novel by best-selling author Anne Rice.