Wasp Summer's debut solo album 'Close as a Slow Dance', out through A Headful of Bees, Berlin. European release on International Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, 2012. Australian release on September 3, 2012.
In the first seconds of her debut solo album 'Close as a Slow Dance', Wasp Summer pulls you into the story-arc of a woman who won't settle down and whose outlaw life rollercoasters through passion, desperation, divorce, and a desire to burn everything to be free. Wasp Summer's smouldering voice commands immediate attention, framed by the timeless sounds of alt-country, soul and blues, of dobros, twangy guitars, warm organs, strings, harmonies and handclaps.
Born in England and reared in an Australian surf town, Sam Wareing birthed Wasp Summer in Berlin's fertile international DIY singer-songwriter scene where she has developed an alternative approach to living as an independent artist. She curates a monthly living room concert series, has organised and played over 150 concerts, regularly tours via couchsurfing and car-sharing, and has helped build A Headful of Bees, a Berlin-based artist collective and record label that is dedicated to helping artists to take a DIT (Do-It-Together) approach rather than DIY.
So, it makes sense that Wasp Summer's debut album would also embrace this global underground approach. She successfully crowdfunded the cost of mixing, mastering and manufacturing the album with contributions rolling in from 23 cities worldwide. The band recording was done in a relaxed and creative 5-day session with a mobile studio in a private home in northern Italy, was finished in Zürich and then mixed and mastered in Buenos Aires. The album features violin, cello, guitars and vocals emailed in by friends in Tuscon, Oslo, Tamworth and Melbourne who have worked with the likes of Calexico, Giant Sand and Silver Ray.
released 05 April 2012
Los Savonarolas are:
Henry Hugo - guitars, bass, mandolin, lap steel, piano, banjo, organs, dobro, programming, strings and brass arrangements
Fabio Gallarati - guitars, bass, dobro, male chorus, handclaps, pasta, translation
Stefano Caldonazzo - drums, handclaps, male chorus, wooden frog, triangle, documentation
Vicki Brown - violin
Julitha Ryan - cello, organ
Paolo Zangara - bass
Leigh Ivin - pedal steel, guitar