The world ended. The last whistle blew. The moon waned away, the sun plunged so low it burned out of the sky, and a last wave took out the planet. You’re one of the lucky few who escaped to another galaxy. But sometimes you can’t resist climbing into your spaceship and coming back to see all that’s left of your old Earth: a jungle on a floating rock, where monkeys are mutated by the acid rain, birds are turned to neon and the ocean drips into nowhere. And where a paradise nightclub band is playing at the last cabaret in town, the Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel. This scorched old bar has become the only hangout for anyone who’s left, and they’re all partying like it’s the end of the world - because it is - lulled by the sultry sounds of the enchanting hostess Sonja Khalecallon and her band Los Stroboscopious Luminous. As she sings and shimmies, it tastes like a cocktail so sweet, so sad, so seductive, that you will forget all others. Welcome to the pleasure zone to end all pleasure zones. But please remember: don’t feed the monkeys!
The Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, where we find Sonja Khalecallon and her band Los Stroboscopious Luminous, is the only place left after the apocalypse at the end of the world.
Sonja invites you to plunge into her world of warped exotica (inspired by the kitsch and pseudo-exotic style of music that was all the rage in the USA at the start of the 1960s), for a post-nuclear tropical rundown punk cabaret soundtrack of an album comprising nine original songs and three inventive covers: "Mango Tree" (as sung by Ursula Andress in the James Bond film "Dr No"), "Lightworks" (from the eccentric Raymond Scott, a seminal exotica producer and pioneer of electronic music in the 1950s) and "It's Not Easy Being Green" (originally by none other than Kermit The Frog from The Muppets!).
Sonja Khalecallon is in fact one of the alter egos of Cibelle, the London-based tropical punkster whose take on music is entirely her own. With each album it’s a whole new story, a new universe. After her self-titled debut and successful follow-up "The Shine Of Dried Electric Leaves" (both also on Crammed Discs), "Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel" once again takes the Brazilian-born singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist into fresh and exciting sonic realms.
Cibelle recorded "Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel" in her London basement, a Vancouver woodland retreat invaded by bears, a homestudio in Berlin and back in her hometown of São Paolo.
It features contributions from friends including Josh Weller, Mocky, Kristian Craig Robinson (Capitol K), Sam Genders (Tunng), Damian Taylor, Fernando Catatau, Pupilo (Nação Zumbi) and others.
Cibelle produced the album together with Björk’s musical director Damian Taylor in Vancouver, and mixed it in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Au Revoir Simone, Devendra Banhart).
- Tropical Punk