Recording a string trio, a concert and more

We did a lot of recording and mixing for our new album last month. One of the things that we recorded was a string trio, for a ballad that will be released on the album. Watch the pictures and/or a one minute live recording here. And there is more. First of all, we’re looking forward to our next livestream concert, on the Dutch Composers Day (in Dutch: Dag van de Componist), on the 18th of June. Our brand new album is due to be released in September this year. Speaking of which…. last Sunday was the release party of the beautiful ‘Cancelled’ book, a book with pictures of and interviews with Dutch artists like Francis van Broekhuizen, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Michael Varekamp, Simone Kleinsma, Karin Bloemen and many more. And us.

Natasja van Doesburg, Cora Hildering and Sophie Ehling on strings

Something else. Petra, our singer, will give vocal coaching sessions during the Summer Music Academy in the beautiful mountains of Transsylvania, near the famous castle of count Dracula. If you’re interested, visit the website of the Summer Music Academy or go to their Facebook page.

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Recordings, concerts and a book

Chabliz gave two concerts last month, one of them on the Gluren-bij-de-Buren festival. You can see the pictures here. We are also working on the last recordings and mixes for our new album, some of them together with guest-musicians. A few of the pictures are here. And there is more. Finally the book ‘Cancelled,‘ with pictures of Dutch artists during corona, is available in the bookshops now! It’s a beautiful book with photographs of several famous Dutch singers, musicians and dancers. Chabliz is one of the photographed and interviewed artists in this book. The release of the new Chabliz album is expected this summer and Chabliz will be giving more concerts in the coming months. Did you miss our previous livestream concert? You can watch it here:

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In the studio

Chabliz spends time recording, mixing and mastering again in the studio, working on the new album. Soon we’ll record a few songs with guest musicians: a violinist, cellist, a viola player and a clarinetist. We’ll give a few concerts again. Check our concert dates for more info. Our next livestream concert will be on Sunday evening March the 20th, live on our YouTube channel (8:30 PM CET). Two weeks later we’ll play live on the Gluren bij de Buren festival.

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Quick Shots Zoom interview on KMS Reviews

A few days ago we gave an interview on Zoom (partly due to corona) to Flo from KMS Reviews. You can watch or listen to the interview on YouTube, but also in your favorite podcast app. We talked about our new EP, the band’s history and the recordings of our upcoming album. This is the link to the interview:

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New reviews, charts and more

Our interpretation of Joy Division’s legendary song ‘New Dawn Fades’ reached the Top 40 charts of music blog For The Love Of Music, right under Beach House. And there is more; the song also reached the Dutch Indie Advice List (on January the first and on January 8th, week 1). But most of all we are happy with the new review (in Dutch) on Ondergewaardeerde Liedjes. Our new songs appear on several playlists now. A few days ago we gave an interview on Zoom to Florian from KMS Reviews. This ‘Quick Shots’ interview will be published shortly.

Update January 24th: We just heard that our music video reached the top ten on the ESNS Streamsonic event, launched by Pinguin Radio! We reached number nine in their charts.

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Happy 2022!

First of all, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2022! We had a good start of 2022 with recording sessions in the first week of the year, working on our next studio album. We also released our new music video just a few days ago, and that’s a quite different one than our other videos. The making of ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is our very first behind-the-scenes documentary film about the EP recordings (and some of our album recordings) last summer. You can watch it here:

The first results of these recording sessions are here:

The new EP is also available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, YouTube and several other music platforms.

During the next few months we continue working on our next complete album, that is due to be released in May or June. We also give livestream concerts (the next one is planned in March) and a few ‘real’ live concerts, corona volente.

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We released a new EP and we’ve made it to the Snob 2000 again; Season’s greetings in these dark times

We’re happy to tell you that our new EP is out now. It has been released on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, Shazam, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and several other music platforms already. If you’re looking for the songs on your favourite music channel, this can be a handy tool. (You might need to scroll down to the right links). And you find the EP on Spotify here:

And we’re glad to inform you that, thanks to the votes of some of you, we’ve made it to the Dutch Snob 2000 charts again! Our ‘Moon‘ song reached number 507 and ‘Nightporter ‘reached number 599. We would like to thank everybody who voted for us again and also the people of the Snob 2000 for all the hard work to make this happen. You find the complete chartlist on Spotify underneath:

Two of the three songs on our new EP are written by ourselves. The other song, track 1, is a tribute recording of Joy Division‘s New Dawn Fades.’ Two of our bandmembers are fans of this legendary band. Pim made a large, orchestral arrangement for it, Petra used operatic vocals and on top of that Pim and Petra produced a choir together.

The title song ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is a more jazzy song. Everybody knows the famous legend about Bluebeard a.k.a. Henry the 8th and his six wives. We wrote a song about this gothic fairytale and recorded the song with a beautiful string arrangement (made by Pim) and a choir of six women (Anna Rallo, CatselfKalipluche a.k.a. KarianneCaroline RosGudrun Blok and Petra herself) who sing the role of Bluebeard’s (mainly dead) wives, whose ghosts are still wandering through his delightful garden. The song has a touch of a Kate Bush vibe. The violins and cellos are played by Natasja van Doesburg and Giselle Bentvelsen. Curious?  You can find the EP here. (You might need to scroll down for the right link to your favourite music channel). This EP is already a small part of the album that we’ll release in the Spring of 2022.

We wish you a good Christmas under the circumstances and a happy and healthy New Year in these difficult, dark times. Stay safe!

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EP release: ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden’

We’re very happy to tell you that our new EP is out now. It has been released on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, Shazam, YouTube, Soundcloud and several other music platforms already and will be soon on Bandcamp and even more music channels. If you’re looking for the songs on your music channel, this can be a handy tool. (You might need to scroll down to the right links)

Two of the three new songs are written by ourselves. The other song, track 1, is a tribute recording of Joy Division‘s ‘New Dawn Fades.’ Two of our bandmembers are fans of this legendary band. Pim made a large, orchestral arrangement for it, Petra used operatic vocals and on top of that Pim and Petra produced a choir together.

The title song ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is a more jazzy song. Everybody knows the famous legend about Bluebeard a.k.a. Henry the 8th and his six wives. We wrote a song about this gothic fairytale and recorded the song with a beautiful string arrangement and a choir of six women (Anna Rallo, CatselfKalipluche a.k.a. KarianneCaroline RosGudrun Blok and Petra herself) who sing the role of Bluebeard’s (mainly dead) wives, whose ghosts are still wandering through his delightful garden. The song has a bit of a Kate Bush kind of vibe. The violins and cellos are played by Natasja van Doesburg and Giselle Bentvelsen. Curious?  You can find the EP here. (You might need to scroll down for the right link to your favourite music channel). This EP is already a small part of the album that we’ll release in the Spring of 2022.

Enjoy!

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New EP release: ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden,’ a Livestream concert and a book

We are giving a coronaproof, totally free Livestream Concert together with the marvellous singer-songwriter Catself this Sunday, December the 12th. And also, we’re releasing a new EP: ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden.‘ The release will be on Friday, December the 17th. You can already pre-save the EP on your Spotify-, Apple-Music, Amazon and iTunes app here.

By pre-saving the main song of the EP will appear in the Release Radar of your Spotify or Apple Music app on the release day. You will be able to listen to it on the 17th and afterwards. It’s totally free, and it helps us to get higher in the Spotify and Apple rankings, which means: more people will hear and play the songs. Two of the three new songs are written by ourselves. The third song is a tribute recording of Joy Division‘s ‘New Dawn Fades.’ Two of our bandmembers are fans of this legendary band. Pim made a large, orchestral arrangement for it, Petra used operatic vocals and on top of that Pim and Petra produced a choir together.

The title song ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is a more jazzy song. Everybody knows the famous legend about Bluebeard a.k.a. Henry the 8th and his six wives. We wrote a song about this gothic fairytale and recorded the song with a beautiful string arrangement and a choir of six women (Anna Rallo, CatselfKalipluche a.k.a. KarianneCaroline RosGudrun Blok and Petra herself) who sing the role of Bluebeard’s (mainly dead) wives, whose ghosts are still wandering through his delightful garden. The song has a bit of a Kate Bush kind of vibe. The violins and cellos are played by Natasja van Doesburg and Giselle Bentvelsen. Curious?  The songs are online at the end of next week (Friday, Dec. 17)! This EP is already a small part of the album that we’ll release in the Spring of 2022.

On December the 4th we gave a live performance in Voorburg, on Write for Rights. You can watch a few pictures of the concert on our Instagram channel.

Last but not least: the book ‘Cancelled, by Anoek‘ will be released very soon. It was in the printery three weeks ago, so it will reach the bookshops soon. It’s a beautiful book with pictures of several Dutch artists who perform in empty venues during the coronacrisis. Chabliz is one of them.

Some of you voted our songs (hopefully!) into the Snob 2000. Thank you very much for that!!! On December the 17th, the same day as our EP release, we’ll hear wether we reached the Snob 2000 list or not……. that release date might give us some luck. Untill that day we’ll keep our fingers crossed and we’ll let you know of course!

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The Snob 2000, two concerts, a new EP release and a book!

Despite all the corona troubles in Holland, Europe and overseas we’re having a quite busy month with Chabliz. First of all we would like to ask you to vote for our Nightporter and Moon songs in the yearly Snob 2000 list, that’s the Dutch alternative and ‘little sister’ of the big and famous Top 2000. You can vote for us here. Why should you? Because it helps us enormously; we see its influence in the airplay, on the radio, but even more in the airplay on Spotify and Apple Music. Even more important: the audience of the Snob 2000 is broadly speaking exactly the audience we’re trying to reach with our music: lovers of indie, alternative, underground music, pop-noir, jazz and artpop. Thanks to your votes we managed the last three years to make it to the Snob 2000 and we really hope to reach this goal again. It’s possible to vote until December the first.

And there is more. Two live appearances, the first is ‘live-live’ (in the flesh!) on December the fourth in the centre of Voorburg at Amnesty’s Write For Rights. And we are giving a coronaproof, free Livestream Concert together with the marvellous singer-songwriter Catself on December the 12th. On top of that we’re releasing a new EP: ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden.‘ The release will be on December the 17th. You can already pre-save the EP on your Spotify-, Apple-Music and iTunes app here.

By pre-saving the main song of the EP will appear in the Release Radar of your Spotify or Apple Music app on the release day. You will be able to listen to it on the 17th and afterwards. It’s totally free, and it helps us to get higher in the Spotify and Apple rankings, which means: more people will hear and play the songs. Two of the three new songs are written by ourselves. The third song is a tribute recording of Joy Division‘s ‘New Dawn Fades.’ Two of our bandmembers are fans of this legendary band. Pim made a large, orchestral arrangement for it, Petra used operatic vocals and on top of that Pim and Petra produced a choir together.

The title song ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is a more jazzy song. Everybody knows the famous legend about Bluebeard a.k.a. Henry the 8th and his six wives. We wrote a song about this gothic fairytale and recorded the song with a beautiful string arrangement and a choir of six women (Anna Rallo, Catself, Kalipluche a.k.a. Karianne, Caroline Ros, Gudrun Blok and Petra herself) who sing the role of Bluebeard’s (mainly dead) wives, whose ghosts are still wandering through his delightful garden. The song has a bit of a Kate Bush kind of vibe. The violins and cellos are played by Natasja van Doesburg and Giselle Bentvelsen. Curious?  The songs are online within a few weeks! This EP is already a small part of the album that we’ll release in the Spring of 2022.

Last but not least: the book ‘Cancelled, by Anoek‘ will be released very soon. It was in the printery two weeks ago, so it will reach the bookshops soon. It’s a beautiful book with pictures of several Dutch artists who perform in empty venues during the coronacrisis. Chabliz is one of them.

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