Genre: Lyrical / Minimalist / Showtunes
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Au
Profile Views: 94894
Last Login: 4/1/2011
Member Since 1/16/2006
Record Label Chiquita/Inertia
Type of Label Indie
Bio'Loene Carmen sits in an intangible, magical, rarefied space, somewhere between Tom Waits and Dolly Parton' Australian Stage It's always been about the voice...beauty and danger, knowing and innocence, sex and longing, and love – both sacred and profane... Loene Carmen's individual mix of torch blues, gothic country, with occasional outbreaks of smoky nightclub has seduced many who hear it. She sings it, you believe her. And that's enough. Drum Media Carmen's voice saunters all silk and smoke, a brazen beacon of breathy blues shining out from a murky late night dive …a magnetically absorbing album…. Fasterlouder.com Carmen can imbue her musical narratives with a glistening visual quality that renders the average comparable work a dull monotone text in comparison…the beauty of the French chanteuse and the intensity of the Dirty Three. It Walks Like Love is more than a record – it's an intense, passionate and periodically confronting statement. You can almost see and feel the love walking beside you. Patrick Emery, Beat '…sensual noir narratives…cinematic…' Daily Telegraph 'Intoxicating' Jeff Jenkins, Music Australia Guide ' …striking, smoky and suggestive …Completely compelling.' Kluster '… would have Serge Gainsbourg chasing her down any Parisienne street… It Walks Like Love is like a sun-bleached, neon-soaked dusty road trip, stopping at every sleazy smoky roadhouse, cheap hotel and dirty diner on the way. J Mag '…delicate music, sparse but occasionally riding huge waves of feedback and distortion…varied, passionate and distinctive…' mess and noise '…timeless and haunting…' yourgigs.com.au '…a terrific collision …at times it is starkly restrained to allow the late-night longing languidly flow, while at others it elevates it into a rousing ride of lust and redemption with bracing bass and buzzing guitars.' yourgigs.com.au '…a cavalcade of personalities … shimmers like a mirage on a hot road' Time Off '…a slice of genuine Americana…sultry vocals and intelligent lyrics continue to intertwine with raw guitars throughout the ten tracks, and the quality never dips, even for the slightest second… It Walks Like Love is a truly outstanding record and, with it, Loene Carmen has not only created her finest piece of work to date, but also one of the albums of the year so far. Bobbysix.com Loene Carmen's music has always carried a certain personal intimacy about it, whether it was the lo-fi dreams of Slight Delay or soft chaos in her previous record Rock n' Roll Tears. Regardless of the recordings in question, Carmen always manages to convince you that she could be your girlfriend – whispering her darkest and brightest secrets right into your ear. Its late afternoon and her head is leaning on your shoulder with your one arm driving across the desert plains. This is the day you finally propose to her, you pull into the closest Motel 6 and bend down on one knee outside the neon light flashing "No Vacancy". Why do you do this? – Because for her fourth record It Walks Like Love what she was whispering into your ear on that car ride are the best things she's ever said. … …the highlight comes with track four, "Gauloises Blues"…the kind of song that plays at either the opening or closing credits of a Loene Carmen retrospective documentary somewhere down the track when people finally realise what a national treasure she is…her lyrics are top notch which goes to show that Gareth Liddiard isn't the only lyrical genius in Australia. At the end of the day – what you have here is ten really fucking good songs with really fucking good musicians with really fucking good production by Burke Reid. It amazes me that it was apparently jammed out in a few days in the studio. I guess the old Palace Records by Will Oldham were done in similar time frames but never were they this polished and constructed. Forget your Hail Marys and your Our Fathers. If you've neglected buying any of Carmen's three brilliant solo albums thus far, fear not. By picking up "It Walks Like Love" all will be forgiven. Amen. Artground
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Loene Carmen's showstopping fourth album 'It Walks Like Love' is a rewarding, epic and surreal journey through ‘lingering lyrics and Nashville mastery’, with anthemic lullabies, indie pop finery, psychedelic hymns and fragile folk turns cooked up with co-conspirators from her current live outfit, featuring Sam Worrad from raw noisemeisters Holy Soul and Brock Fitzgerald and Samuel Pearton fromyoung punks The Scare, recorded by producer Burke Reid (The Drones, Jack Ladder, Mess Hall) at Sydney’s BJB Studios. Radio single “Oh Apollo!” is a garage soul duet, performed and penned with long time collaborator AMP winner Mess Hall's Jed Kurzel.
Renowned pianist (and Carmen's father) Peter Head, lends the album a distinctive hand, while Tex Perkins and Bridezilla’s Holiday Sidewinder contribute some heartbreaking oohs and aahs.
On occasion Carmen performs alone, a captivating chanteuse standing stage centre, electric guitar in hand, plaintively opening her heart and songbook for the ever-attentive audience.
More often, this sonic adventuress performs with an ever-changing backing band that has seen guests from fellow Australian outsiders the Bad Seeds or the Dirty Three, the Mess Hall, legendary Australian rockers X, or underground French experimentalists Dimi Dero Inc/Youpi Youpi Yeah pass through its ranks.
IT WALKS LIKE LOVE reviews:
'...blends the beauty of the French chanteuse and the intensity of the Dirty Three ... It Walks Like Love is more than a record – it’s an intense, passionate and periodically confronting statement. You can almost see and feel the love walking beside you. ' Patrick Emery, Beat p>
' striking, smoky and suggestive … completely compelling.' Andy Ryan, Kluster
'Intoxicating' Jeff Jenkins, Music Australia Guide
'Carmen does it her own way and knows how to create and maintain ethereal moods, showcasing her broad range of musical prowess. Sweet and sultry... Challenging and beautiful, Carmen has made an album to be very proud of' db magazine
'a slice of genuine Americana...sultry vocals and intelligent lyrics continue to intertwine with raw guitars throughout the ten tracks, and the quality never dips, even for the slightest second. It Walks Like Love is a truly outstanding record and, with it, Loene Carmen has not only created her finest piece of work to date, but also one of the albums of the year' bobbysix.com
'sensual noir narratives...cinematic...mesmerising lo fi outlaw blues...' Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph
'... would have Serge Gainsbourg chasing her down any Parisienne street ..It Walks Like Love is like a sun-bleached, neon-soaked dusty road trip, stopping at every sleazy smoky roadhouse, cheap hotel and dirty diner on the way.' J Mag
'Down and dirty, smouldering blues ... a couple of killer pop singles ...add some subtle piano touches courtesy of Head and this is definitely Carmen’s best work to date. ' City Hub
.. delicate music, sparse but occasionally riding huge waves of feedback and distortion … It’s difficult to sum up something as varied, passionate and distinctive as It Walks Like Love for the sake of a glib closing sentence. So I’m not even going to try.' messandnoise
Member Since:January 16, 2006
Sounds Like:Buy IT WALKS LIKE LOVE here:
Rock N Roll Tears CD $20 AUS + $3 p&h
Slight Delay CD - out of stock
Born Funky Born Free CD $15 AUS + $3 p&h
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Previously unreleased ambient mini album from 2003 - T: Lo (featuring Loene Carmen and Kristyna) Leave It At The Door
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- The Holy Soul
- The Scare
- The Mess Hall
- Mick Turner
- Dimi Dero INC
- Tex Perkins
- Mick Harvey
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- Rowland S. Howard
- Burke Reid
- The Ronettes
- joel silbersher
- Delphine Thirteen
- Dirty Three
- Renée Geyer
- Steve Wood
- THE DRONES
- Brian Henry Hooper
- Dolly Parton
- Spencer P. Jones
- Dave Graney
- Joan Jett And The Black…