The Tango Saloon ‘Suspicion’ (4 stars)
review by John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
The cover sets up expectations of the western variant of film noir and the music delivers. On this fourth Tango Saloon album Julian Curwin’s tongue lolls in and out of his composer’s cheek, so any line between pastiche and staggeringly imaginative music fades as fast as smoke from a gun barrel.
The original ingredients of tango and cowboy music still mingle, only with the latter now more dominant. The big change is that half the pieces are songs, with Elana Stone providing vocals that carry echoes of the casual detachment of a ’60s ingenue. Sometimes it seems a more knowing approach may have better served the songs than this Euro-pop blitheness, but Curwin loves to layer his musical elements; to create enigmas that disguise glimpses of humour in wisps of sadness.
As ever his own guitar playing nonchalantly explores the gamut of the instrument’s capabilities (but always in the service of his exceptional compositions), and the supporting cast includes a who’s who of Sydney’s finest creative musicians. They play the Django Bar on April 16.
Update: another great review appeared in The Brag last week, check it out.
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Big thanks to The Music for premiering The Tango Saloon’s new video ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’. Directed by Julian Shaw (also responsible for the band’s first video ‘In Black And White‘), the video also features Shaw acting alongside vocalist Elana Stone. Check it out!
New album ‘Suspicion’ is launched March 12 at The Basement in Sydney, with a followup show April 16 at Django Bar in Marrickville.
We’re very happy to announce that The Tango Saloon’s 4th album ‘Suspicion’ is now complete, and will see the light of day early 2015. We also have another video clip on the way, again directed by Julian Shaw (director of the amazing In Black And White) and featuring vocalist Elana Stone in a very interesting role. More details on both coming soon…
The Mango Balloon, Volume 3 received a great review from John Shand in Spectrum (Sydney Morning Herald) last weekend. 4 and a half stars, and much great praise for all involved! The Mango Balloon (including the album’s special guest Shenzo Gregorio) plays tonight at Foundry 616 in Ultimo. Read the review here.
Romero Records is very happy to announce the brand new single for The Tango Saloon, ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ featuring vocalist Elana Stone. This is the second single to be released ahead of the band’s forthcoming fourth album, following on from last year’s ‘In Black And White’ (and its stunning video clip directed by Julian Shaw).
The official launch is June 5 at Venue 505 (280 Cleveland St Surry Hills), featuring Elana Stone, and supported by the inimitable gypsy punk trio Mr Bamboo. Book tickets.
Romero Records is very happy to announce the release of Volume 3 of Julian Curwin’s The Mango Balloon series. Developed in 2010 as a stripped-back version of The Tango Saloon, the smaller band has quickly taken on a life of its own.
Each recording has a special guest bringing their personality to the music, and on Volume 3 that guest is Shenzo Gregorio, best known for playing ‘stunt violin’ in his project Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra (essentially, he flies!). With The Mango Balloon, Shenzo plays viola, and keeps his feet firmly on the ground, though still manages to bring plenty of fireworks to the occasion.
Volume 3 is officially launched March 19 at Venue 505.
Hear a preview of a few tracks.