Harlequin Jones | EP

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by Harlequin Jones

Dark cabaret piano rock operas of burlesque blues orchestrated by throaty female pipes, a pinch of vaudeville, and a haunting unconventionality.
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. Hope Your'e Rotting
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2. Gutter Tango
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3. Soap
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4. Zombie Vampires From Hell
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5. Lord Only Knows
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6. Truth Be Told
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The seething underdog. The blues siren. The vaudevillain. The jilted lover. The trash and the treasure. The many faces of Harlequin Jones set the stage for their neo-burlesque, post-punk, goth cabaret interpetation of music for people bored of music.

Focusing on the dynamic communion between Yishai Arcadio(drums) and Amanda von Loon(piano and pipes), Harlequin Jones infuse elements of blues, jazz, and a rock background to challenge the listener with originality of an art project gone terribly right. Miss Von Loon's barstool piano playing pounds out long and loud while the vocals never cease to ring potent, rich, and nearly husky with the range and style of an instrument all their own. Yishai Arcadio drums skin-destroying stratagems as if he were made of one part jazz master mixed with one part scrap metal machine. Conjuring thanks to the like of Tom Waits, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and Diamanda Galas, Harlequin Jones carve their own niche of music with an unexpected vaudeville flair. Together, the piano and drums compliment one another in a primal balanced union while the accompaniment of the chanteuse’s theatric singing lay the foundation for cryptic lyrics to sketch sometimes sexy, sometimes unsettling imagery. The songs and lyrics alike invade into emotional territory less talked about than explored and exorcised.

Harlequin Jones became a fully functional weapon of piano rock in 2004 in an antiquated bedroom in Simi Valley, CA and continue at full force in Hollywood, CA.




"Rather than wanting to slit your wrists from the pain, you want to grab the one you love and make use of the nearest piano bench."
-Lyric LaCeile, Unsigned Magazine


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Smother Magazine

A Fine Outift To Be Associated With
"I opened this package and rose pedals fell out. Oh my, I thought! Then I read the included self-flagellating letter which proclaimed that if I didnt like the music that I should welcome the disc as my new coaster. No worries Amanda von Loon (loon is really her last name I swear!), Harlequin Jones is a fine outfit to be associated with. She plays piano and sings with a harmonic that she can call all her own distilled with a very open mouth style. Rarely will you find a discordant note but often instead youll discover a trove of pop-riddled fools gold.

- J-Sin

Unsigned Magazine

Goth and Cabaret at its best, and yeah, they can have great sex
"Someone else that actually took my breath away, total avant-garde and out there…Harlequin Jones, with front woman Amanda Von Loon on Piano/Vocals. It is cabaret, it is flesh-eating Zombie, it is way way out there and you must have a taste of Amanda's blood…... With tunes like 'Gutter Tango' , 'Fire Engine Red' and 'Zombie Vampires From Hell', Goth and Cabaret at its best, and yeah, the two can have great sex and produce something frightening and beautiful. My father was one of the greatest pianists who ever roamed this planet, and I am here to tell you that this femme can merge with a Steinway Grand effortlessly. Beyond that, rather than wanting to slit your wrists from the pain, you want to grab the one you love and make use of the nearest piano bench. "

-Lyric LaCeile

Epitunes

A Goth/Cabaret Art Experiment Gone Right
Mixing cabaret style piano, blues guitar and a goth attitude Harlequin Jones is one of those few art rock experiments that succeeds at producing both interesting and melodic songs. Outstanding tracks include "Gutter Tango" and "Zombie Vampires from Hell," songs that brings to mind early 20th century New Orleans jazz joints inhabited by vampires as well as "Lord Only Knows," a track that feels like a Morphine song covered by the Bad Seeds and song by Marianne Faithful. You can catch them tonight at the Lava Lounge in Hollywood and on this week's Best of the Week podcast for LA/Orange County.

The PhiLL(er)

Rich, powerful, and intoxicating
Although their debut ep. was recorded as a trio (Amanda Von Loon .. piano/vocals; James .. bass; Yishai Arcadio .. drums/guitar), a quick view of Harlequin Jones' MySpace page will reveal that James has left the group leaving them to be a piano/drum duo. This instrumentation paired with the group's somewhat darker tones make Dresden Dolls comparisons likely and 60-75% of ep. definitely supports this comparison with "Gutter Tango" being my pick as the most impressive song written in this vein.

Two tracks that strike me as not quite like the others are opener "Hope Your Rotting" and "Lord Only Knows". The first, while consisting of the piano/drum pairing, has what I can only describe as a sort of pulsating rhythm .. the piano and especially the loose snare drum effectively accent a more syncopated rhythm that drives the song forward in a distinct manner. "Lord Only Knows" .. my favorite track from the disc .. is like nothing else on the disc. It features minimal, metallic percussion, a dirty, bluesy guitar line, and what I'm guessing are overdubbed vocal harmonies. Von Loon's vocals are rich, powerful, and intoxicating on the track and are a highlight throughout the rest of the album as well.

-PhiLL Ramey