It looks like an eternity since the last Record Day Store, but this year I was determined to go and visit a few stores in the Sydney CBD and report back to you. There was definitely a buzz in the three stores I visited, and a big queue in front of Red Eye Records. Fish Records in our beautiful Queen Victoria Building (QVB pour les intimes...) was busier than normal, although not much vinyl there, but still some animation with a singer - Alicia Crossley - and a group of baroque musicians playing some Swedish music from the 16th century - The Marais Project. Unfortunately, my duties a the designated family cook prevented me to stay and listen to them. I will have to buy their CDs another day. Our friend Elodie Sablier was virtually present with her two albums, but is away from our shores at the moment going on to new adventures and hopefully a third album sooner than later...
HAPPY WORLD RECORD STORE DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
We met Elodie Sablier at the Langham Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney a while back, when she was the regular pianist at their bar. She also used to play at the QVB on Thursday evenings during extended shopping hours. And then, she went on to release her first CD, Vertigo, in 2013.
And now, she is just about to release her second album, Silent Bridge, already available on iTunes, and in shops from December 6th.
Elodie plays the piano with the same ease as I cook everyday for my family. Years of classical training and practice as well as her long dabbling into improvisation and jazz give her compositions a strong foundation onto which she builds an often melancholic music, or reinterpret a famous Debussy or Satie piece with finesse and brio, and the occasional humour!
This second album shows a greater maturity, fluidity and assurance as a result of her still recent success with her first album, but also many radio appearances and concerts around the place.
She also ventures into partnering with a Cello player - Kenichi Mizushima - on some tracks as well as trying her hand at singing. When she sings, she reminds me of Brigitte Bardot, although at times it is difficult to understand her lyrics, as the balance of the recording gives precedence to the piano and cello.
I really like the second track on Silent Bridge and also her rendition of a Gnossienne of Satie.
Elodie shows a new "lightness of being" on these compositions which pervades the whole record and makes it a delight to listen from beginning to end. So start saving to buy Silent Bridge CD!
For the geeks reading my blog, you will be interested to know that Elodie plays a Steinway Concert Grand model D built in 1912, belonging to the ABC, our national radio and television network, who also provided the recording venue and gear, under the technical guidance of Mitch Kenny, recording engineer extraordinaire and Kathy Naunton, in charge of the mastering.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.