Fearless Music TV Performance Airs This Saturday At 12:30 AM / To Play Brooklyn’s Southpaw on Dec 20th
“With the assistance of a large and stellar cast, including Sufjan Stevens and Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks alongside her usual group The Reasons, she's assembled a bleakly delightful universe which combines, congruently enough, something of the vocal style of Rickie Lee Jones with the wearily witty lyrical sensibility of Tom Waits. Haunting, funny and altogether marvelous." UNCUT, CD Exclusive
After releasing their debut LP, “The Movie,” to resounding critical acclaim along the Easter Seaboard and across seas, Clare & The Reasons have announced upcoming European Dates with St. Vincent, Joseph Arthur and Duke Special in select UK cities and Paris. The tour will take place the first half of December and include television and radio appearances on Fearless TV and BBC6. Upon return the group will treat their home stomping grounds with a Brooklyn show at Southpaw on December 20th.
11/17- FEARLESS TV- 12:30 AM EST- FOX
11/30- LONDON- Bush Hall w/St. Vincent
12/01- LONDON- The Luminaire
12/03- MANCHESTER- Ruby Lounge
12/04- BRIGHTON- Freebutt
12/05- OXFORD- Oxford Academy w/Duke Special
12/06- LONDON- The Slaughtered Lamb
12/07- BIRMINGHAM- The Glee Club
12/08- Leicester- w/ Duke Special
12/10- PARIS- La Maroquinerie w/Joseph Arthur
12/11- PARIS- Point Ephemere w/ St. Vincent
About "The Movie"
"The Movie" is lush & layered, sinfully beautiful, featuring the likes of Van Dyke Parks ("Love Can Be A Crime"), Sufjan Stevens ("Nothing/Nowhere") and Gregoire Maret ("Rodi"). Clare & The Reasons' music harkens back to the capital R-romance of a forgone era, through the eyes of a contemporary indie-chanteuse with a pop sensibility.
Lead by Clare Muldaur Manchon, the seven-piece includes by Alan Hampton (bass, vocals), Olivier Manchon (violin, vocals, piano, saw), Greg Ritchie (drums), Beth Meyers (viola, vocals), Christopher Hoffman (cello), and Bob Hart (guitar, vocals, piano). With a certain sultry playfulness and charm, Clare & The Reasons has a warm sound that marries the humor and heart of Magnetic Fields to the jump and joy of Beach Boys circa “Smile,” and throws in a side of classic jazz and swirling strings. With tracks like the ironic "Cook for You", the haunting "Alphabet City", and playful yet melancholy first single, "Rodi" there’s variety in sound with a consistent sense of all the reasons you listen to it over and over again.
About Clare & The Reasons
First, Clare writes songs. Then she brings them to the Reasons test lab. There, the songs are submitted to a series of intense treatments and tests until they become what some people call: "lush and sinfully beautiful". This process named in the scientific community "Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis" or RPS, lead to the making of "The Movie" (Frogstand Records) their debut album. (no known side effects. FDA approval pending).
About Clare Muldaur Manchon
She was born on the island of Martha's Vineyard, in a vegetable garden amongst the most incredible tomatoes grown by her mother Sheila. Her father, music innovator Geoff Muldaur, introduced her to artists such as Mildred Bailey, Bessie Smith and Sam Cooke. Clare rode hundreds and hundreds of horses and listened to these inspiring musicians on her walkman while working in the barn.
One day, she rode her horse all the way to Berklee College of Music. With a handsome scholarship she was able to study jazz arranging and composition. There, she met now long time collaborator Olivier Manchon. On their first encounter, he made her cry and then they got married.
About "The Reasons"
Alan Hampton, Olivier Manchon, Christopher Hoffman, Beth Meyers, Greg Ritchie and Bob Hart can be found in Brooklyn, NY. Most of the time, they are rehearsing, singing harmony vocals, pretending that their string trio is an orchestra, or playing very embarrassing football (the real name of soccer) in Prospect Park while discussing how to get endorsed by big sports gear corporations.
You can hear Clare sing 2 songs on the Fox show "Arrested Development". She also has songs in 2 Lion's Gate films. Most recently, her song "Cactus Tree", can be heard in the HBO show "Cathouse". Clare and Olivier have toured together in Japan, Ireland, France and the US of A.