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)
Carl Cleves, singer-songwriter, author, traveller and ethnomusicologist takes a different turn with his first solo album in 5 years: ‘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.
The album will be launched at the Byron Theatre in Byron Bay, Australia on Sat 11 August 2018. Tickets from www.byroncentre.com.au
‘What an absolute treat it is. So rich with poetry, wisdom and beauty. A timeless and classic piece of art - very refined - complexity made effortless - in the same league and world as Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Serge Gainsbourg but like all of them- truly unique. This is the real cool - the stuff the rest of us strive for - honest, sincere, laugh out loud funny, touching, heartfelt, true, wise, poetic and beautiful. - ’Andy Jans-Brown – film maker and recording artist
Find Carl at
Carl Cleves, PO BOX 1492 Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
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