2007 Amboss Recordings
The new CD by Fatal Shore, REAL WORLD, sees the band taking the unique sound of their first two CDs and developing it in a significant new direction. The Melbourne Gothic-Blues soundscapes of The Fatal Shore (1997), and the stripped-down, grungy rhythms of Free Fall (2004), are still present, but have been overlayed with the rich orchestral arrangements of producer Yoyo Röhm (D) to produce an album of rare musical beauty.
The band’s two principal songwriters – Bruno Adams (Aus) and Phil Shoenfelt (GB) – have drawn on a variety of influences this time, that show their interest in many different genres of music. Black Venus, the first track on the album, is an original version of the traditional gypsy song Khamoro, a song which was featured in the 1970’s film Time Of The Gypsies. Between A Heaven And A Hell is a grungy rocker, while the title track, Real World, draws on soul and gospel influences from the American Deep South. Blind Jesus, by way of contrast, takes the listener south of the border into a mythical Mexico of the imagination, while Vivi The Flea explores gypsy rhythms and Grappelli-influenced violin, with its tale of a washed-up, world-weary burlesque dancer.
Throughout the album, these disparate influences are welded into the unmistakeable sound of Fatal Shore. The unique drumming and percussion of Chris Hughes (Aus) produces unexpected rhythmic twists and turns, while multi-instrumentalist Röhm adds textures and colours that take the band into altogether new territory. Coming from a background of post-punk, Melbourne-Berlin Blues, Fatal Shore have produced, in REAL WORLD, a gorgeously diverse set of songs that will take the listener on a wide-angled trip through the hinterlands of popular music
REAL WORLD will be released on March 15th through the Hamburg-based label Amboss Recordings, a new independent label started by Ralf Schulze of Amboss Film+Music.
Fatal Shore will be on tour in Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria throughout March and April 2007.