Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Scarlet Season - The Taxidermist

Swirling synths, pretty pianos, nasty bass, and moody electronic elements combine with vocal textures that run the gamut from howling and angry to sweet and seductive on The Taxidermist, the debut album by Seattle’s Scarlet Season.

Scarlet Season is the stage name of Aileen Paron, a self-taught pianist whose desire for autonomy and passion for learning all things musical inspired her to take the DIY approach to recording, programming, and composing. Paron produced The Taxidermist herself with co-production by Matt Frickelton of The Fading Collection.

The resulting sound is a natural for fans of Bjork, Tori Amos, Goldfrapp, Bat For Lashes and Depeche Mode with songs that chronicle themes of anger, loss, betrayal and loneliness. It is material that is admittedly personal and at times uncomfortably so, but Paron believes that pop music needn’t be fluffy.

This song-centric pop-rock approach, infused with dark, cinematic, neo-synth edges and gothic roots is at the core of The Taxidermist and its lead single, “Horse Fury”. The Taxidermist album art carries this theme as well, with haunting illustrations by Matt Strieby inspired by an actual Parisian taxidermy shop.

The Taxidermist will be released on May 24th, 2011.

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