RUNAWAY ORCHESTRA - RUNAWAY ORCHESTRA

RUNAWAY ORCHESTRA - RUNAWAY ORCHESTRA

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Label: MR. BONGO

Release date: 01/04/2013

Barcode: 0711969125924

Catalog no.: MRBCD0000100

Item ID: 384281

Taking a different turn from its regular release output Mr Bongo presents Runaway Orchestra's self-titled debut album: a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine (a side project to her solo work) and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Together they have created a gentle and uplifting re-imagination of past classics which will leave you dreaming of hazy summer days. Across its ten tracks, Runaway Orchestra offers the listener carefully crafted covers of classics, with each track delivering a fresh folk twist. Opening with The Turtles 1967 hit, Happy Together, re-worked as a delicate love song, the track flows with lush string arrangements and Madeleine's warm and inviting voice.
Further highlights on the album include a stunning cover of Wolfman and Pete Doherty's 2004 indie success For Lovers, which keeps the originals melancholy undercurrents whilst injecting a more upbeat and brighter mood with its careful instrumentation. Cher and Sonnys The Beat Goes On is transformed into a gentler number with subtle drum arrangements and interplay between Madeleine's singing and the lead melody. Also on the album is a memorable cover of Bob Dylan's If Not For You, where Madeleine's voice hypnotises the listener with its subtle pitches and gentle folk melodies. Sophie Madeleine is best known as a Ukulele-playing singer and songwriter, who takes a joyful DIY approach to her music. Though she started her musical endeavors on the piano, before teaching herself the guitar, it was finding the ukulele that made Madeleine feel most at home. She captivates her large fan base with her soft vocals, her classic 60s French songstress looks and her hands on, direct to fans approach to her musical work. She is a self-declared fan of Pledge Music - an organisation which provides fans and artists the opportunity to work together to make new records and raise money for charity. Featuring musicians from The Divine Comedy, UNKLE, and Cinematic Orchestra. The CD packaging features a hand-drawn, comic-style booklet by the hugely talented illustrator, Henry McCausland.

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