Hello Hello Hello Hooray!
Seattle has set a new record for most days over 90 in a year. That can only be attributed to one thing – the release and upcoming record release party for Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods – History of Northwest Rock Vol. 1, 1959-1968. The Show is SATURDAY AUGUST 22 at 7:30 PM at Easy Street in West Seattle. This is the only show for the NEW PAGAN GODS. EVER. Don’t miss it. It’s Free. It’s All-Ages. You can buy beer if you’re old. Who doesn’t want that?
Ok. This concludes the hyped up rock section of this month’s blather. Let’s move on to art shall we.
This month of August 2015, we are shaking with delirium over the debut release of Fur For Fairies. It is HOT. Like Seattle hot. What is FFF? It is plain and simple Art Diva time at GMR. About a year ago Jeff and Susanne Kelly made a record, By Reckless Moonlight. A really, really fine record. Susanne sang lead on one song. Super great. I said, man oh man, we need more of that. In fact we need a whole album more of that. At first Team Kelly was skeptical. I kept working on them, Susanne solo album I cried – more Susanne! They succumbed.
Now we have the beautiful thing. It is produced by Jeff, but it sure doesn’t sound like a Green Pajamas album. I dig it. It is everything I hoped for when I asked for it. And I know you are going to dig it too.
As a special thing we will make 50 numbered and autographed copies available direct from GMR – no extra charge – get ‘em now.
So far FFF have made four (4) videos for the album – last week we released If I Kissed and Angel – next week we release the next – oh my which will it be?
Next up will be October’s The Fuzz – Best Kept Secret – Total Rock Action! More about that soon.
See you Saturday at Easy Street!
Fur For Fairies (GM1032)
1. MY STOLEN KISS
2. LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD
3. IF I KISSED AN ANGEL
4. GONE WITH THE SUMMER
5. TOWARD THE DAWN
6. SEA OF CORTEZ(A BOURBON LAMENT)
7. THINGS I NEVER SAID
8. SHE SAYS NO
9. LONG WAY DOWN
10. THE SINGER OF ANOTHER SONG
11. THE LOST WEEKEND (AUTUMN 1992)
Produced by Jeff Kelly
All songs by Fur For Fairies
© 2015 St. Brigid Publishing/BMI
Susanne Kelly is a Seattle painter and printmaker. Now she is a pop music singer too, plying this new endeavor under the name Fur For Fairies. This is her first starring record. In 2014, she made By Reckless Moonlight with husband Jeff Kelly of the Green Pajamas. While a full collaborator in its creation, the press saw her as the junior player, an influencer, contributing tasteful bits here and there and one lead vocal, the sensual “I’d Rather Be Filming In Vanda’s Room.” Green Monkey Records said Viva! More!
We now have more. The album is produced by Mr. Kelly and while some of his uniquely best work, make no mistake: this is Susanne’s album. This is her voice, her pointed tongue. It is not a pretty voice, not a tutored voice. It is naïvely sweet, while still a ragged voice of a lifetime of earthy, lusty, experience: an instrument, a tool, a brush.
Now we have videos as well, sensual, intelligent and sometimes amusing. Susanne on the wall, Susanne in the desert, Susanne on the porch. Terrible beauty. A peek. Susanne.
Fur For Fairies is not easy pop for beginners. Its songs range from the angular extravagance of “Stolen Kiss,” to “Toward the Dawn’s” long wandering extremism and the painfully understated elegance of “She Says No.” Some of her songs are knowingly personal. Some are not at all. Although Susanne holds not their musical line, should you favor a ménage à trios of Lenard Cohen, Marianne Faithful, Polly Jean Harvey or other dark sorts, you may find you’ve a hungry place for her work. A need.
As an artist, she makes paintings, drawings and woodcuts. Her work to appeals to a broad range of viewers from naive to sophisticated. A strong concern for formal relationships acts as counterpoint to the narrative quality of these pieces. She hopes to suggest moods and stories, not delineate them.
Her newest art work was completed in tandem with this recording project. For many months she would move from one studio to the other. The resulting paintings were built up much as the album tracks – layer by layer, always hoping for the unexpected to occur. Incorporating a second, different form of artistic expression allowed her to work through some difficult visual problems.
Jeff Kelly is her husband of many years and her producer for this record. As a recording artist he has over thirty albums to his name, mostly under the moniker, The Green Pajamas. The skills developed there have served him well for this album, which he produced, engineered and mixed. Mr. Kelly is also an accomplished musician.
Fur For Fairies. Eleven lucky slices of infinity and grace.
Susanne Kelly visual:
New Fertile Ground