In the Groove
Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas
Out of Australia
Perhaps better know as The Hottentots, Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas have been regular fixtures on the world/folk music scene nationally and internationally for many years. On first glance the album title suggests one of those tourist 'buy at the airport' type albums, however the lyrics would soon have the unsuspecting tourist feeling a little uneasy with themes such as the treatment of refugees (Don't Flowers Grow), HIV (Graceful) or the account of one of the most shameful moments in Australian history (The Coniston Massacre). Stylistically, Cleves and Bouas cover a lot of territory. Way Down in the Mine is a haunting ode to a miner seeking his fortune. Mother's Song features a vibrant choral arrangement that showcases Bouas' versatile vocals with a simple shaker accompaniment. Zeco has a light an airy feel with flute and marimba adding to Cleves' sturdy guitar and lead vocal. This album was recorded for the German label Stockfisch, a label specialising in high end audiophile products. This release is a Super Audio CD that contains both surround sound and stereo versions of the tracks. The retail price might scare off the MP3 consumer, but the recording quality is certainly there to hear, particularly in the intimate guitar sounds and luscious backing vocals. You can catch them live at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore this Saturday from 11am.
This album is available at Music Bizarre in Magellan Street, Lismore.