June Melby | June Melby and Her Future Enemies

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Laurie Anderson Meryn Cadell Taylor Mali

More Artists From
United States - United States

Other Genres You Will Love
Spoken Word: With Music Kids/Family: Kid Friendly Moods: Mood: Quirky
There are no items in your wishlist.

June Melby and Her Future Enemies

by June Melby

Half-spoken, half-sung, this is a fun collection of mostly humorous spoken word pieces recorded in studio with a full band: guitar, percussion, accordion, keyboards, multiple vocals.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

Tracks

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Dust
Share this song!
X
3:06 album only
2. Space
Share this song!
X
3:44 album only
3. Dear Diary
Share this song!
X
1:28 album only
4. Counting the Stars
Share this song!
X
3:08 album only
5. In Soup
Share this song!
X
2:37 album only
6. Farmer
Share this song!
X
2:26 album only
7. Ants
Share this song!
X
3:22 album only
8. Bonking Sound
Share this song!
X
2:33 album only
9. Evil Clown/Birds and Butterflies
Share this song!
X
1:31 album only
10. Pirate
Share this song!
X
1:26 album only
11. Flute Loops
Share this song!
X
0:52 album only
12. Island
Share this song!
X
5:44 album only
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
June first started in the spoken word biz at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas, 1998, where she performed irreverent poem-songs such as “Space” and “Cochlea” in acapella fashion, using just one backup singer. It went over well, much to her surprise. Once she returned home she somehow convinced various musicians and vocalists of Southern California to accompany her. The backup singers sang “Bah, bah, bah” in the background. The guitar players ignored her accordion. The percussionists used whatever they could, sometimes banging on a table with simple kitchen utensils. Stranger still, bookings started coming in.

She toured. She was featured at the Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, and in New York City at The Knitting Factory, The Nuyorican, Bar 13, and CBGB's. She was a guest performer at museums such as the UCLA Hammer Museum, and the Museum of the Living Artist in San Diego. She was invited on five European tours with performances in clubs in Amsterdam, Munich, Regensberg, Hamburg, Bonn, and Passau, Germany. She was featured in London and at the Bristol Poetry Festival.

She discovered that some of her poem-songs appealed to children when she won the Children’s Poetry Slam in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the piece “Little Bonking Sound.”

The purpose of this album, June Melby and Her Future Enemies, was to capture some of the magic that had been happening on stage during live performances between 1998 and 2002.

But rather than record a live show, June chose to make this album in a studio in Los Angeles. She wanted to get more musicians involved; she wanted more music in general. Some tracks are simple song and are not poems at all. Generally, the goal was to make a recording of June’s poem-songs and music that would stand up to repeat listening.

There is quite a mix here, because it was not put together as an album with one “vision” in mind. These are some of the pieces that June and her band were doing. Some of the pieces are funny (“Dust” and “Ants”). A few are more poignant (“Island” and “Dear Diary”). June is happy with the results. She hopes you like it too. (Currently her favorite is “In Soup” but most people’s pick is “Bonking Sound.”)

Thanks for listening.


Reviews


to write a review