Thursday, June 3, 2010

Renée's Dark Hope - Behind the scenes

... in this darkness, there's a kindness in her voice that's very appealing to me. - David Kahne, producer on Dark Hope.
As you know, La Diva Renée's new CD Dark Hope is set to drop on next week. Now, it's no secret that I am already obsessed. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I told you all that I was Absolutely Agog over her single Endlessly.

If you're questioning how on earth an operatic soprano of Renée's caliber and reputation can pull off something like this - here's a hint from La Diva Renée herself:
... the range is key. Being in the low range is really the key thing. The minute I go above staff I can't reproduce any other sound other than sort of a full bodied operatic, classically trained sound ... so the key is to stay in lower sounds.
I'm sure some vocal purists are busting a vocal fold over this given the things she asks her voice to do. But, honestly Chickens ... this is the perfect thing for her to be doing at this stage in her career. At 50-ish, she's attempting a transition into another chapter of her singing.

Lest you forget what's on this CD, let me remind: on Dark Hope La Diva Renée will apply her voice to songs by iconoclastic rock acts (Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel) and current indie-rockers (Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie). The songs don't really have much of a through line, but that doesn't matter to producer David Kahne:
When somebody is a really good singer, the sound of their voice links the songs together. So, the meaning is really ... it has more to do with the sound than it does the individual song.
I think this could be a real smash for Renée... in a good way, of course. If anything, it will introduce her to a new audience of people and has given her a break from all things operatic.

I. Can't. Wait.

Here is a little sneak peak into the behind the scenes work of Dark Hope:



Wondering if she'll ever perform these songs live? Wonder no more:

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