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)