A deal with Angela Chambers
The recent “rescue” of recluse Kate Bush through “Running Up That Hill (A deal with God)” on the soundtrack for the fourth season of Stranger Things launched the pop world not only in search of more songs from the British singer, but similar artists that link their phonograms to the performance. In the Kate Bush line, we have the lovely Angela Chambers, an Avant-Pop, American-born flautist, vocalist and performance artist based between the US and Berlin, Germany.
I have always been a huge fan, and that really gives me hope for my music as well as the industry, that it’s never too late for you to have success as an artist.
Angela Chambers on Kate Bush’s recent “revival”
And one of his most recent singles, “Jumping the Gun” depends precisely on the visual stimulus of the clip so that we have a full dimension of the atmosphere of desolation that the song portrays. Used to electronic music, this time Angela replaces the synths and computers with the guitar, and calls as a partner Casper Clausen, a danish musician who’s the lead singer of Efterklang and Liima. ““Jumping The Gun”, it was a sort of beautiful one take song that worked brilliantly. Casper started with the guitar, my piano followed and the vocals intertwined“, says Angela, also called Flute Chambers.
The video for “Jumping the gun” introduces us to a melancholy woman on the run amidst the aridity of the desert, which directly refers to the film “Paris, Texas” by Wim Wenders. According to Chambers, “Desolation was one of the ideas behind the video”, although the script leaves plenty of room for what she calls “speculation” (see the video bellow). As in Kate Bush’s videos, Chambers embodies a persona that is both mystical and mysterious with her flowing dress, but with which I would certainly like to make a deal.
2 5 Things about Angela Chambers
RC – The single “Jumping the gun” has some kind of “Paris, Texas” vibe, filmed in the middle of nowhere,… Human desolation is the main idea behind the video?
AC – I really like that Paris, Texas comparison 🙂 Love that Film! Desolation was one of the ideas behind the video, although I think the video leaves much room for speculation. The song creates a mood, as you “Jump The Gun”, the characters are faced with false starts, and just going through the emotions, as we see the many sides of the struggle and the turmoil that one must experience in a lifetime.
RC – Since the album “Askew” you have shown yourself to be a danceable pop music artist. What motivated you to introduce an acoustic guitar and a darker tone on “Jumping the gun”?
AC – I have jumped around in different genres, but I feel it’s also important for every artist to have a slow ballad. I like how stripped down the song is, and I did not want to lose that from the original recording session that Casper and I did together. The song is quite moody, and all of the instrumentation combined with the vocals really embodies that tone.
RC – Your sound and identity reminded me a lot of Kate Bush. Do you like her, what do you think about people rescuing old songs like hers?
AC – Oh wow! Thanks for that reference! Really love her, and so happy to see her music resurface again. I have always been a huge fan, and that really gives me hope for my music as well as the industry, that it’s never too late for you to have success as an artist.
RC – As a performance artist, do you compose a song already thinking about how to interpret it visually? Tell us a little about your creative process.
AC – It sometimes depends, I usually have a melody in mind, and my texts are sometime pre-conceived. I will try out some basic chord progressions on guitar and then it will somehow unfold visually once the song is completed. With “Jumping The Gun”, it was a sort of beautiful one take song that worked brilliantly. Casper started with the guitar, my piano followed and the vocals intertwined.
RC – Any thoughts about Brazil, or Brazilian music you would like to share?
AC – Brazil has been on my top list of places to visit. I would really love to do a show there at some point 🙂 Os Mutantes are one of my all time favorite bands! They also inspired my music very much along with Novos Baianos, and many others from that era of rock music in Brazil.
Watch now Angela Chambers’ “Jumping the gun”
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