NEW CD: BEFORE TWILIGHT TURNS TO NIGHT
While past albums have ventured into African, Latin, Celtic, Arabic, folk and jazz styles this time around the songs shimmer in the zing of strings, adding a distinct flavour of country and alternative folk: acoustic guitars, violin, cello, mandolin, banjo, double bass, drums, and Carl’s new love for the mouthorgan. As with much of Carl’s work there are moving melodies, thrilling musicianship, plenty of passion and poetry and constant surprise. Almost one hour long the album features nine brand new originals, two by contemporary songwriters, Julien Baker and Laura Marling, and a century-old cowboy song.
‘Before Twilight turns to Night’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Kamal Engels in the Art of Audio studio, Mullumbimby, with a stellar cast: Thierry Fossemalle, double bass; Dave Sanders, drums; Tunji Beier, drums & tavil; Rick Fenn, guitar and vocals; Thomas Veitch, cello; Andrew Clermont, violin, mandolin and banjo; Kamal Engels, fretless bass; Leigh Carriage and Parissa Bouas, vocals.
Carl was born in Mechelen, Belgium, but settled in Byron Bay, Australia, a hotbed of many inspiring artists, after a lifetime of travel as told in his page-turning memoir, ‘Tarab: Travels with My Guitar’ (2014 Transit Lounge) and its digital addendum ‘Book of Songs’ (2016 iBooks) an epic, mesmerizing tale of high adventure and the search for meaning of this guitar-toting troubadour in his roles as young wanderer, law student, single father, ethnomusicologist, relief worker in India and recording star in Brazil.
Carl has recorded 5 previous solo albums in Brazil and Australia. His songs and thrilling storytelling have won countless awards, including Music OZ, NCEIA and ASA, covering a broad range of styles reflecting years of treading the boards on stages around the world. He also co-founded the much-loved HOTTENTOTS with singer-songwriter and the love of his life, Parissa Bouas, recording 6 albums together, the most recent ones produced by tone wizard Gunter Pauler and released on the German audiophile label, Stockfisch Records: ‘Halos round the Moon’ (2014) and ‘Out of Australia’ (2010).
‘Carl never tries to sound like anybody else. He has managed to absorb these other influences while retaining his own muse. As a result he is an uncompromising artist with a personal vision that is both whimsical and wise and yet he is not adverse to injecting a bit of hokey fun into the proceedings.’ (Diaspora World Beat)
Pozible Campaign starting 16th March 2018
I am on the cusp of making a new album. Whilst I have recorded with Parissa Bouas, as The Hottentots, and solo before, this will be my first effort in 4 years and quite a departure from what I’ve done in the past –more strings and some harmonica.
Pozible crowd funding is a cool, secure and manageable way for artists and innovators to raise capital to fund their projects.
You might ask why this is so important for me? I believe I am writing my best songs, singing better than I’ve ever sung, and I am working with incredibly talented people. It is the perfect recipe for creative success.
In return for your support, there are a number of special rewards up for grabs, from signed copies of the album to a concert in your loungeroom or garden! If you pre-order a copy of the album or any of the awards on offer, your funds will help me to complete this recording project.
So spread the word amongst your friends and family, be part of something special… Help me birth this beautiful collection of 12 new songs and make my day… The campaign starts on March 17 and will run for 6 weeks only.
To find out more, visit: www.pozible.com/carl-cleves-new-album-1
Find Carl at
Carl Cleves, PO BOX 1492 Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
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