Petra Haden’s wondrous new album Petra Goes To The Movies offers a one of a kind opportunity to experience some cinematic soundtracks in an extraordinary new way. Epic and evocative scores have been ingeniously recreated utilizing layers of remarkably inventive vocals. Far from a mere novelty, these interpretations retain every bit of emotional resonance and inspirational might as the originals.
Out this January 22 via Anti-, the album features Petra Haden, a highly regarded session musician and former member of That Dog, delivering a cappella versions of songs from films such as Rebel Without A Cause, Taxi Driver, Superman and more.
“The expansive interiority of a great film score — as properly experienced, in the flickering dark — might seem like strange territory for a vocalist working unaccompanied. But then Petra Haden happens to thrive best in strange territory…”
” We all know the human voice is a musical instrument. But few artists push the point as literally as Petra Haden.
For several years now, the singer has used her voice alone to re-create the sound and feel of every instrument in a given work. Haden started out with “The Who Sell Out,” re-creating that entire 1967 concept album in her throat. Then, in 2007, she cooked up an a cappella take on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” that beat “Glee” to the punch by two years with a cascading vocal intro the show may well have nicked…”
“When Petra Haden goes to the movies, she leaves doing a cappella renditions of the soundtrack theme songs. If you’re craving something invigorating, and a little old school, after all those “Man of Steel” trailers with the obligatory, overly grandiose, ubiquitous score — then we have just the thing!”…
“Psycho” from the forthcoming album Petra Goes to the Movies, out January 22, 2013 (Anti Records)
…But over that, Motian has cannily placed the limpid, quietly evocative voice of Charlie Haden’s vocalist daughter Petra – an artist more usually associated with alt-rock and a capella work. Haden imaginatively inhabits these songs, delivering a definitively unvarnished version of the title track over Motian’s snuffling brushwork and Morgan’s huge bass sound, and unfolding tenderly revealing accounts of Easy Living and I Loves You Porgy…..
If By Yes: Yuka Honda and Petra Haden collaborate with the musical goal of ‘making the landscape as believable as possible’
The pairing of Japan-born, New York-based multi-instrumentalist/producer Yuka Honda and L.A.’s multi-voiced singer-violinist Petra Haden for their long-germinating If By Yes project created an “organic” way of music-making, according to Honda. If you can call a bicoastal collaboration organic.
This collaboration sprouted when Haden guest-sang on ex-Cibo Matto Honda’s 2002 solo album, “Memories Are My Only Witness.” The results were so pleasing to them that they decided to pursue a further recording project, and after several years of cross-continental communication, they’ve now released “Salt on Sea Grass” on Sean Lennon’s Chimera label.