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Hot Video Alert: Keren Ann - My Name Is Trouble

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hot Video Alert: Keren Ann - My Name Is Trouble

The video for Keren Ann's new single, "My Name Is Trouble" is simply stunning. While we do have back up dancers and some light choreography, both are understated here, shining the spotlight deservedly on Keren Ann and her beautiful voice.
“I was looking to create a robotic yet feminine atmosphere with a modern choreography—one that I am able to follow not being the greatest dancer of all times,” says Keren Ann of the video. “The dress by Alexandre Vauthier is very important. The director, Benjamin Seroussi, has his own true sense of aesthetics. I wanted a blend of architecture and motion with a twist of a religious cult.”
Simply gorgeous. The voice as well as the video. Keren Ann's voice has elements of both Leslie Feist and Regina Spektor - two of my favorite singer/songwriters in recent years. Her flawless transition from lower to upper register is beautiful to hear in this song and very reminiscent of Jewel's signature style in songs like "Who Will Save Your Soul." Her overall look is interesting - dare I say very French? Her striking features and severe hair style provide quite the contrast to the soft and sweet sound of her vocals. It shocks me very much that THIS is the first I'm hearing of Keren Ann, especially considering that her forthcoming new album will be her sixth overall.

This worldly beauty was born in Cesaria, Israel and is now based in Paris and Tel Aviv - when she's not on the road, that is. 101, Keren Ann's sixth studio record, will be her first in nearly four years. Her first two records were recorded in French, followed by Not Going Anywhere back in 2004, released through EMI and featuring English recordings of four songs found on La Disparition, her second album. On the new album, Keren Ann brings "a new energy, a broader range," and "a sense of new ground broken." 101 is a collection 10 songs, each produced, composed, arranged and engineered by Keren Ann - a true labor of love. "Ultimately 101 embodies what Keren Ann`s music is all about: the songs, the voice, the sound."

To help support the release of 101 on March 22nd, through EMI's Blue Note Records, Keren Ann will be embarking on a 14-date North American Tour, kicking things off with two NYC shows at the Bell House and the Bowery Ballroom. Additionally, Keren Ann has the extreme honor of performing with ?uestlove (of The Roots) April 17th at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Check out the list of tour dates below and see Keren Ann on tour. Also, make sure you pick up a copy of her new single "My Name Is Trouble" on iTunes (HERE) and watch the beautiful video for the song below.

Tour Dates:

April 17/Kimmel Center/Philadelphia, PA
June 7/Bell House/Brooklyn, NY
June 8/Bowery Ballroom/New York, NY
June 9/ICA/Boston, MA
June 11/The Warhol/Pittsburgh, PA
June 13/Lincoln Hall/Chicago, IL
June 14/Cedar Cultural Center/Minneapolis, MN
June 17/Triple Door/Seattle, WA
June 18/Biltmore Cabaret/Vancouver, BC
June 19/Doug Fir Lounge/Portland, OR
June 21/Yoshi’s/San Francisco, CA
June 23/Casbah/San Diego, CA
June 24/McCabes/Santa Monica, CA
June 25/Luckman Fine Arts Complex/Los Angeles, CA
June 28/Drake Hotel/Toronto, ONT

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Blogger Hank Mullaney said...

This is one of those rare, spooky songs that trips an emotional chord and lingers in my head all day.I can't quite put my finger on it, but there are certain beats, certain rhythms, chord changes and voices have this eerie affect - difficult to identify the formula. The video is just as spooky and, instead of ruining the song as so many videos do, adds another dimension.

March 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Jamie Sward said...

Thanks for your comment Hank! I completely agree!

March 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

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