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The Elephant's Baby

by Clare Fader

Remarkable and original songs rooted in cabaret and vaudeville. A decadent, sexy circus that leaves the listener crying out for more. Brilliant lyrics. The arrangements are the work of a twisted genius.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Animal Charm
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2. Sister of Mine
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3. The Wine
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4. Love is the Cruelest Cliche
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5. Drunk on Skin
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6. Wedding Day Lament
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7. Alice
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8. Johnny
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9. Cabin Fever
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10. Queen
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11. Isle of Summer
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Album Notes

Perhaps the first independent cabaret singer to make it to MTV! Five songs from The Elephant's Baby can be heard in REAL WORLD LAS VEGAS and this seasons REAL WORLD PARIS including the crazy German gyspy cabaret number, THE WINE.

Born in England and raise in Ireland, Clare Fader's past is as colorful as the songs she writes. After a stint in a Hawaiian Lounge in Montreal, Canada during the late 90's, Ms. Fader moved to the US and began making a name for herself writing and performing seriously fun music.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette calls it " a woozy and bohemian sound that absorbs elements of jazz, folk, and pop, all tugged at by dueling influences of retro-chic and avant-garde"
Ms. Fader now divides her time between Europe and The US.

The Washington Post

With over forty musicians playing everything from tubas to bicycle spokes, 'The Elephant's Baby" is a jewel in the crown of independent record making.

Here's what the critics have to say...

WS Journal

"[The Elephant's Baby] is indescribably witty, urbane, slick and all around unique. Fader has the proverbial way with words and her imagination is a frightfully bizarre living room full of animal noises, weird lovers, threatening furniture, strange childhood stories, and the occasional romantic holiday. It's all played out as cabaret (she calls her ensemble The Vaudevillains), part New York 1999 and part Berlin 1927.
It's a cabaret act that has gone off its meds. It allows for nursery stories with masochistic leanings, simple love songs that catch you off guard, and a subtle sexuality and blatant carnality that are disarmingly sweet and slyly dark...
Arranger and conductor Damon Camona has assembled an orchestra of strings, woodwinds, percussion, reeds and brass that harkens back to the Carl Stalling ensembles of Looney Tunes fame. He has them spinning like tops, turning on a dime and a whim...It bubbles, growls, pops, and snaps, evoking merriment and foreboding in equal measure, lush to a fault, edgy to distraction...
Fader and Carmona seem to have fed each other's strange sensibilities to produce one of the more unique American Recordings I have heard in recent years."
Dirty Linen Magazine

"Coy, feline, and a little ominous, she belongs to the world of crumbling staircases and dark nights, alone with a snifter of absinthe."
Asheville Express


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Seth Bedford

These songs are pretty darn good.
Soon after I got this I played it for a friend who made the comment that the lyrics were very strong, and that the music was worthy of them. Of course I'm paraphrasing, but I wholeheartedly agree. And the arrangements are intreguing. It's definitely become something of a conversation piece. The contributing musicians are very good, too.

CD Baby

Remarkable and original songs rooted in cabaret and vaudeville. A decadent, sexy circus that leaves the listener crying out for more. These arrangements are the work of a twisted genius.

Kirk Kubiak

This cd rocks
We love this CD. My 1 year old loves to dace to
" the wine". We are looking to get more of her music...

Mary Chapel

Love this cd. Thanks CD Baby.

David Y. Mitchell

The Elephant's Baby is thoughtful reinvention of a bygone era, masterfully rebor
The Elephant's Baby is a great CD. I have had it for over a year now, and enjoy it more each time I hear it. I feel that Clare Fader and her group have tapped into something new and unique. While the style is old, it has been reinvented with a "southern" twang. I appreciate the careful detail that is layered into each tune on the CD. I feel confident that there next venture will delve further into the unique sound that they have created.

Peter Romanov

Delicious blizzard of sounds
This is one of the cleverest CD's I have heard in quite awhile.
The sound is hard to pinpoint because it's not jazz, but it is and
it's not cabaret but it it's cabaret jazz? Sure. Regardless
of my loss for words I found myself engulfed in Clare Fader's voice.
Her voice is flawless and emotion inducing. The music sways
and bounces. I picture Clare singing in a smokey haze surrounded
by unusual looking musicians feverishly playing their instruments. The
first track on the cd, Animal Charm is indeed a charming song brimming
with jazz sounds and fluttering vocals. The Wine is a song that demands
you to get up and dance with a barroom full of cheery imbibed individuals
while chanting the song's line..."Don't blame the wine...".
So if you are really really tired of the same blah stuff the
record companies are releasing then you must give The Elephant's Baby
a try. It will refresh you and don't you think you deserve a little refreshing?

dave richardson

amazing cds are hard to come by, but this IS amazing!
this cd gave me the sound i was looking for, cabaret for the new age! i love it. i can't wait for the new one.
i would love to see them live, more stripped down as a five piece.

Stuart Immelman

Sweet sweet Neurosis!!!!
Sultry and decadent, with a side of quirky neurosis!!!! A hedonistic revival of the lounging 40's with a little kiss of naughty eccentricity. For those who like their drinks straight up and their cabaret with a twist!!!!

Pier Paolo Conconi

Very Nice
Good good good

Stefano Musitano

The Cat's Meow
The Cat's Meow., August 8, 2006
Refreshingly cool. Back-alley-smart. Street-sassy. Capricious. Non-cliched. Captivating. Intriguing. Humorous. Elegant. After-hours Martini mingle. The Cat's Meow. At times the album sounds simultaneously gritty and debonair--kinda' like Midnight Cowboy's Ratso in tux. That's my brief FIVE star review for Clare Faders "Elephants Baby." If you like this I'm sure you will dig her other musical creations as well. Do yourself a favor, enjoy one of her international concerts as I have in Gothenburg, Sweden! Stefano Musitano, Sweden
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