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MP3 Useless Beauty - Sisters

A dramatic, genre-bending musical journey inspired by both fictional and real-life female characters.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (48:11) !
Related styles: Pop: Pop Underground, Electronic: Soundscapes, Type: Lyrical

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The album’s title “Sisters” encompasses the female-named songs that have been composed throughout the duo’s performance career, which are influenced by fictional and real-life characters that range from a dark fairy tale (Gretel) to an everyday person (Angelique), and which reflect on themes such as outcasts (Convalescent, Useless Beauty), the awkwardness of growing up (Michelle), the irony of life (Left Foot Day), solitude (Rebeca), helpless devotion (Agnes), tenderness (Sand Clock/Safe Secret), reconciliation (Willowy Ivy) and hope in the time of disaster (Winter Exile).

“Sisters” presents diverse styles through an unusual ensemble of instruments, utilizing the thriving beats of the didgeridoo, overwhelming cathedral organ, thumping marching band, hallucinatory pseudo-klezmer clarinet, Balkan-influenced tambourine, contemplative Native American Flute, nostalgic accordion, dramatic cello, cheeky brass, radiant glockenspiel and cavaquinho shimmering like holiday lights, in addition to bike bells and trash bins.


Katie Boone: lead vocals, harmonica, glockenspiel, tambourine, spring drum, shaker

Nam Choi: keyboard, MIDI, back vocals, cavaquinho, bike bells, accordion, shaker, metal trash bin, accordion case, hand drums

Peter Cobb: Alto Sax
Bobbie Crow: Cello
Karla Harby: Native American Flute
Santino Lo: Tuba
Andrew McKinnon: Violin
Mark Morgan: Trumpet
Sarah Sommers: Clarinet
Kevin Virgilio: Didgeridoo
Yuko Yamamura: French Horn

Paula “PJ” Hanson: Final Mixing
Fred Kevorkian: Mastering

Written, arranged, produced, mixed by Useless Beauty
Recorded at Chez Nam, NJ & Sound Clash Recordings, NYC

Cover photo: Ian Anthony

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