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Kevin Blechdom


format: CD | catalogue: sonig 76CD | year: 2009

Available now (march 2009) !

Kevin Blechdom and Sonig team up to release an acoustic album chock full of palpitating love songs. Kevin Blechdom plays piano and sings. The album is lyrical, lush, and direct, with emotion of epic proportion.

“Gentlemania” was recorded at La Frette Studios in Paris and Heavysheet Studios in Berlin and was mixed by Shapemod in 2008. Co-produced and co-written with her good friend Mocky--the collaboration benefits from Mocky's nurturing qualities that contrast, calm, and frame Blechdom's intrinsic chaos. As the title suggests, “Gentlemania” is not as schizophrenic or madcap manic as her previous two electronic albums. Instead, Blechdom slows down, takes a deep breath, and, with thoughtful control, peels back layers of emotion for the listener to hear. Combining a strong background in classical and experimental music with a broad knowledge of pop styles, Blechdom seamlessly travels between and coalesces country jangle, Broadway show tunes, old-school R&B, and many other styles into a cohesive and true musical story. The autobiographical and interpersonal themes revolve around introspection, longing, doubt, hope, and ultimately, human transformation.

The album is defined by Blechdom's idiosyncratic melodies and motifs, profoundly personal lyrics, unique vocal delivery and poignant piano playing which fuse with Mocky’s sympathetic drumming and innovative arrangements. Also featured on the record are guest vocalists: Jamie Lidell, Planningtorock, and Denzel Sinclair in addition to guest instrumentalists: Taylor Savvy, Andre Vida, and the Organ Lady.

"The making of this record has been really intense, but I've come out feeling purified," shared Blechdom. "I've grown so much since 'Eat My Heart Out,' and Mocky is the perfect writing partner--I feel like I've been lifted up to a whole new level of inspiration and possibilities. After all the things we've seen over the past couple of years, beautiful and tragic, in the end I'm really grateful. It has made me create music I could not be more in love with."