"Sweet Soubrette, a band that is the lovechild of Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer, have released a stunning album, Burning City. It's incredible...It has hints of cabaret as well as indie rock but in all honesty, despite comparisons made, I'd say this is the most unique and exciting album I've heard in a long time."
-From 'DC to ZZ
"This is intelligent stuff delivered with pure intent and integrity...Bisker and her associates present well-fleshed out songs that blur in and out of various genres, all the while retaining a solid sense of artistic integrity and skill."
"Lush, resonant chamber pop...deliciously lurid...shifts back and forth between enigmatic, noirishly artsy pop and swirly circus rock." New York Music Daily
"By turns thought-provoking, emotional, and fun--often all at once."
"They are the perfect indie band."
-WLFC 88.3 FM
released January 21, 2014
Ellia Bisker: lead vocals & ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Mike Dobson: drums (Rock Paper Scissors, Just Your Heart, Be My Man, What’s My Desire)
Don Godwin: drums (Charlatan, Live Wire, Sweet Time, Port in a Storm)
Stacy Rock: backing vocals & piano
Erin Rogers: saxophone
Cecil Scheib: trombone
Bob Smith: bass
John Waters: trumpet
Horn arrangements for Rock Paper Scissors, Charlatan, Live Wire, Sweet Time, Just Your Heart, Be My Man, & What's My Desire created by Erin Rogers. Horn arrangement for Port in a Storm created by Phil Andrews.
Engineered, produced & mixed by Don Godwin (dongodwin.net
) at Phantom Center, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios, Cologne, Germany.
Cover photo & graphic design by Jeff Morris.
Charlatan was inspired by the short story “Written” by Manuel Gonzales, which was inspired by a Sweet Soubrette photograph by Emily Raw, both part of the What’s the Worth project (whatstheworth.com
Burning City was inspired by the book Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. What’s My Desire? was inspired by the book Henry and June by Anaïs Nin. Both were written in response to assignments for the Bushwick Book Club (bushwickbookclub.com
All songs written and composed by Ellia Bisker. (c) 2013 Sweet Soubrette Songs (ASCAP)