Stockfisch唱片录音採用二十八位元的类比数位转换器、NAGRA-D等超发烧设备录制，并以B&W NAUTILUS 801进行鑑听。
看到两位歌手的背景，不难想见他们的歌曲会有著各种文化的融合。比如「The Bethlehem Bell Ringer」是祈求巴勒斯坦停止终年战火不断的状态；「Don't Flowers Grow」则讲述集中营的残酷生活；「Way Down In The Mines」是南非矿工生活的故事；「Sharpening The Knife」则是日本诗人朋友的作品。他们传达的概念很简单：希望我们有一个更和平、更无纷争的快乐世界。这种閒适、和平的气氛充满在他们的每一首歌曲中。
01. Into The Light 迎向光明
02. Eclipse Of The Sun 日蚀
03. Don't Flowers Grow 难道花儿不再开了吗？
04. The Bethlehem Bell Ringer 伯利恒敲鐘人
05. Way Down In The Mines 矿坑深处
06. House Of Sorrow 忧伤之屋
07. Mother's Song 母亲之歌
08. The Coniston Massacre 康尼斯顿大屠杀
09. Graceful 优雅的
10. Zeco 杰柯
11. Sharpening A Knife 磨刀
12. Carmen 卡门
Published on September 24, 2010
Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas – Out Of Australia – Stockfisch Records
Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas – Out Of Australia – Stockfisch Records Multichannel SACD SFR 357-4060-2, 49:50 ****:
(Parissa Bouas – vocals, guitar, shruti box, percussion, cachichi; Carl Cleves – vocals, guitar; Lea Morris – backing vocals; Peter Funk – dobro, guitar; Dominik Jung – guitar; Lucile Chaubard – violoncello; Christian Struck – cor anglais; Beo Brockhausen – tambura, jew’s harp, swarmandal, mbira, hulusi; Lars Hansen – fretless bass, electric bass, upright bass.)
Flemish born singer/songwriter Carl Cleves and Greek-Australian vocalist Parissa Bouas have captured the hearts of folk enthusiasts in Australia. They are celebrated for their unique acuity for global storytelling, reflected in relevant social and political narratives. Together since 1991, as members of the Cleves-formed band, The Hottentots, the duo continue to perform and record together. In the tradition of authentic folk music, they travel extensively, integrating different cultures and auditory influences into original compositions. Cleves, who holds degrees in Law, African Music and Contemporary Composition, inhabits the aura of an international beat poet. Influenced by a collage of inspirational artists like Bob Marley, Abdullah Ibrahim, Arthur Rimbaud, Townes Van Zandt, and Kurt Weill, passion and conscience become recurrent contexts.
Out Of Australia, consisting of twelve original songs, is a ruminating perspective on worldwide society. Coalesced by folk-based guitar constructs and emotional vocals, each track has a unique feel. A centerpiece, “The Bethlehem Bell Ringer” examines the plight of innocent victims in the Palestinian struggle. Parissa Bousa’s incandescent voice is heartfelt, and the hymnal chorus, no less than exultant. The use of a tambura (string drone instrument) adds a somber Middle Eastern tone. The plights of diamond mine workers (“Way Down In The Mines”) in Johannesburg, and ethnic genocide (The Coniston Massacre”), are recounted without overindulgence. Framed by the steady guitar of Cleves, and his idiosyncratic baritone (not unlike Scottish troubadour Donovan), there is a consistent lyrical aesthetic. Not all of the serious minded themes find a proper elucidation. “Graceful” attempts to juxtapose a breezy tenor and HIV reference, with incongruous results.
African spirit is rendered with joyous abandon on the folk chant “Mother’s Song”. Backup singer Lea Morris blends with Bouas in perfect harmony. “Sharpening A Knife”, an adaptation of a poem by Nanao Sakaki has a Gaelic cadence, with chorus repetition and a soaring lead vocal. In addition to the milieu of international social mores and politics, there is a sensitive coloration by various Middle Eastern and African instruments. This nomadic anthology captures the pathos of the human condition with originality and verve.
Multichannel SACD is an ideal medium for this music. The understated nuances of the various stringed instruments are reproduced with clear acoustics, whether it’s a prominent rhythm guitar, or delicate lute. Tonal quality of the voices is flawless. The depth and texture of the vocals (in particular the ensembles) refine the musical eminence.
TrackList: Into The Light; Eclipse Of The Sun; Don’t Flowers Grow; Way Down In The Mines; House Of Sorrow; Mother’s Song; The Coniston Massacre; Graceful; Zeco; Sharpening A Knife; Carmen.
– Robbie Gerson
Label: Stockfisch Records - http://www.stockfisch-records.de/
Serial: SFR 357.4060.2
Title: Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas: Out Of Australia
Description: "Out Of Australia"
Genre Pop Rock
Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas are a duo from Australia whose fame Down Under is considerable. Their album on Stockfisch is called "Out of Australia"; while these three words certainly bear no small resemblance to the famous "Out of Africa", you don't have to be exactly a linguist to deduce that "Out of" is the trademark of an intensely emotional liaison with a country. The truth of this becomes more evident as each track of this disc unfolds.
Parissa's angelic voice comes close to an invitation; that is, one from water nymphs and ancient dwellers of the woods of mythology. Carl's warm voice and his guitar-playing make sure that the angels stay in safe contact with Celtic folk tradition. Dreamweavers the two are truly sundancers keeping in safe distance from the abyss.
Listener, when thou comest to Folk music, pray say: thou has heard us singing as our native country bade us to sing.
Carl Cleves, originally from Belgium, has accumulated a bottomless bag of stories, rhythms, languages and guitar styles during his nomadic life, which has led him to perform in almost every continent, resulting in highly original songs. In Brazil where he was a band leader for seven years, he released 2 acclaimed albums. An excellent guitarist, singer and storyteller, Carl's adventures have included stints as an antelope trapper in Uganda, relief worker in cyclonstruck India, radiobroadcaster and ethnomusicologist in Africa and fisherman in the South Pacific.
Parissa Bouas, is an extraordinary singer and songwriter who finds an emotional context for every genre. In Brazil they named her 'Patativa', after a bird renowned for its singing. Daughter of a Greek sailor, she inherited his love of Latin music and honed her formidable percussion skills whilst touring throughout Latin America with an Andean Folkloric group. Parissa has written some classic, catchy songs that people sing around the country, such as "Mother's Song" - which can be heard on this SACD "Out of Australia".
• Surround Mix, Mastering and CD Premastering by Hans-Jorg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics
• Mastering monitors: B&W Nautilus-801D
Parissa Bouas, vocal, guitar, shruti box, percussion, cachichi
Carl Cleves, vocal, guitar
Lea Morris, backing vocals
Peter Funk, dobro
Dominik Jung, guitar
Lucile Chaubard, violoncello
Christian Struck, cor anglais
Beo Brockhausen, tambura, jew's harp, swarmandal, mbira, hulusi
Lars Hansen, bass
01. Into The Light 04:04.03
02. Eclipse Of The Sun 02:24.07
03. Don't Flowers Grow 03:29.31
04. The Bethlehem Bell Ringer 05:19.76
05. Way Down 03:56.60
06. House Of Sorrow 04:01.40
07. Mother's Song 03:38.93
08. The Coniston Massacre 05:00.17
09. Graceful 04:30.67
10. Zeco 04:57.43
11. Sharpening A Knife 03:48.51
12. Carmen 04:45.33