“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.
From the Album “Guilt By Association” 2007 Engine Room Records
Photo © Fredrik Nilsen 2005