Heute erscheint mit And Then I Saw A Million Skies Ahead das zweite Album von CLEO T. Darauf vereint die Französin mit Wohnung in Prenzlauer Berg Balkan Beats und Gospel, Neo-Soul und French Pop, sanftes Crooning und frechen Funk. Exklusiv für Popmonitor hat sie die elf neuen Songs kommentiert, auf denen übrigens auch eine Vielzahl prominenter World Music-Größen zu hören ist…
Opening track of the album and live. Performance. Like an initiatory path , a ceremony calling to Beauty, to the Greatness to recover. The presence of the oud, played by Adnan Joubran is a way to recall tradition, where music is part of the land, the culture, the people.
The last song I wrote for the album, and the one that shapes the whole concept : an invitation to generate our own light, like fireflies. Recover our inner and solitary light to make the world shine a bit brighter.
A song inspired by traditionals, from Italy, from France. Traditional songs are one of my main inspirations. Especially latin ones.
A blues song, a personal gospel. Feeling lucky to be joined by soulful singers : Ruddy Descieux and Serena Fisseau.
LOOK AT ME IM A HORSE
Metamorphosis. Art as a way to experiment and question your inner frontiers. And to venture into unknown territories
THE DEVIL BY OUR SIDE
Duo with my friend and mentor Elyas Khan. Song is about those good devils , hard to deal with of course but showing you ways you would never have thought of.
Love the guitar on that one, my brother is an amazing musician. Music is a way to gather and share strong emotions with people you love.
MAGIC ALL AROUND
Two great musicians are joining for this celebration of life : Tomàs Gubitsch, argentinian guitar player (plays the charango on this track) and Prabhu Edouard , french/indian tablas player. Art and music is a way to build bridges and create new spaces of communication. Starting from simple things , artistic collaborations , such as gathering traditionnal indian percussions and berliner electro sounds.
DES ORAGES AU FOND DES YEUX
I believe true lights only shine in the dark. As an echo to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s letters of the fireflies. Today the spaces are attracted by city’s and media’s lights. But I think darkness and « outside » spaces are where true lights can spread.
I MUST REMEMBER
Song with the autoharp. I dont know how it happened, but the song is about Orfeo and Eurydice. It’s not in the lyrics or in the writing process. But the song just absolutely appeared to talk about the myth, the descent, what you get, what you lose, what you’ll remember.
And Then I Saw A Million Skies Ahead
(RAR / H’Art / Believe)