Songwriter chanteuse Karina Deniké (Dance Hall Crashers, The Cottontails) is releasing her debut solo album Under Glass on April 14, 2015 via her website.
Two Karina Deniké Bay Area shows are coming up with more to follow:
Apr 16: Amnesia – San Francisco, CA
Apr 17: Awaken Cafe – Oakland, CA
Centered around Deniké’s powerful vocal performances, and over a backdrop of unusual vintage instrumentation befitting the vinyl medium, the twelve original album tracks on Under Glass are filled with tales of personal and regional history and venture from early rock and roll to Motown soul, vintage torch songs to haunting dreamy soundscapes.
The San Francisco-centric album was co-produced by Karina Deniké along with band mate/recording engineer James Frazier and recorded at various studios including New, Improved Recording in Oakland (Tuneyards, Thao Nyugen, Deerhoof). “It’s a pretty unique ensemble, instrumentation-wise” Deniké explains, “Bass clarinet, vintage organs, baritone electric guitar, celeste, and vibraphone create a certain mood inspired in part by our love of 50s and 60s production. That, combined with a more traditional rock band set-up made recording really interesting. Capturing these sounds within my modern arrangements, was something James Frazier was really able to achieve beautifully.“
Under Glass features an impressive line-up of band mates and guest musicians. The recording includes Karina Deniké on vocals, vintage organs, and celeste, with her band; Aaron Novik on bass clarinet (Tadzik Records, Porto Franco Records); James Frazier on baritone Fender VI guitar; Michael McIntosh on piano and organ (Ralph Carney’s Serious Jass Project, The Cottontails); Eric Garland on drums, vibraphone (Donavon, Mads Tolling). Guests on the album include Lily Taylor (Pour Le Corps Records); Brigid Dawson (Thee Oh Sees); Deston Berry and Alex Dessert (Hepcat) on vocal harmony. Additional contributions include Ralph Carney on saxophone (Tom Waits, The B-52s); Meric Long on guitar (The Dodos, French Kiss); Ara Anderson on trumpet (OK Go, Tin Hat); and Daniel Fabricant on upright bass (Nice Guy Trio, Veronica Klaus).
The twelve tracks on Under Glass are
1. “Park It”
2. “Anchors Away”
4. “Musee Mecanique”
5. “Boxing Glove”
6. “Stop the Horses”
7. Havin’ a Go”
8. “Golden Kimonos”
10. “You’re so Quiet”
12. “Az Budes Velky.”