We can't resist the opportunity to show off Jane Burke's spellbinding photography. Although numbers are strictly limited, we are proud to make available a collector's box set, including the Digipack CD and a 7"x7" book featuring all of Jane's arresting images created for the album, along with John's lyrics. Each box set will be numbered by hand. Box labels feature Jane's photography: images vary. Unique and highly collectible.
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Many songwriters style themselves as artists. Music for grown ups' frontman John Hughes is the genuine article. He doesn't just wear his heart on his sleeve — he rips yours out and wears that.
At times epic in proportion (the majestic 'Belladonna' or the brooding 'Exhibition'), at times intimate (the strangely erotic 'Dark Star'), but never less than heartbreaking, this third LP showcases Hughes's most confident and mature songwriting so far.
The trademark acoustic guitar is still present, but Jane Burke's edgy 'cellos are pulled assertively to the fore throughout. Elsewhere, a driving pump organ or a Fender Rhodes underpins searing washes of feedback and distortion, held in check by the steady rhythm section of Thomä and Hirsch. Hughes's reproachful voice threatens to fall apart with hurt at any moment, as notes from a forgotten piano tumble over Nancy Landzo's listless whisper or the troubling strains of an ancient lullaby ...
Timeless, disturbing, postmodern, Chiaroscuro is dust from the crumbling columns of a broken empire. A classic.
released July 3, 2012
John Hughes: Guitars, piano, fender-rhodes, pump organ, voice
Jane Burke: Cellos
Nicolas Thomä: Drums
Mathieu Hirsch: Bass
Jeremy Grasso: Guitar (3)
Nancy Landzo: Voice (1)
Rosette Tama: Voice (1)
Yaël Tama: Voice (1)
Written by John Hughes.
Produced by Nick Buxton and John Hughes.
Recorded at Basement Studios, Paris.
Mastered by Olivier Furter at Basement Studios.
Photography and cover artwork by Jane Burke