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hard times hit

by seela

Power Pop Rock Americana Girl with a voice like smoke.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Under the Influence
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2. Good News/bad News
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3. Dirty
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4. Hard Times Hit
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5. I Told Everybody
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6. You'll See
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7. Nothing On You
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8. The Good Life
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9. I'm Coming Over
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
seela's new record is like a ride with a stranger. Just hop on in, hold on tight, and keep your hand near the door handle. "Hard Times Hit", seela's 3rd record, finds her in no mood to give a crap what anyone else thinks about her.
It's a terse, hairy travelogue that makes a broad round trip from
cautious beginnings to brutal endings and back again. Musically loose, rich and varied, it's scary, it's beautiful, and it's anchored by that big, luscious voice, alternately calm, mad, hurt and searching. It's about as comforting as a kidnapping can be.
-Brian Beattie

Who the *&!# is seela?

A long time ago, but not too long ago, seela was born in Cornwall, Ontario. She had an Average Youth, battling the forces of evil with her superhuman strength, etc...

After a series of events that did not kill her, seela wound up in Austin, TX where she met producer Brian Beattie. They made two records together while completely ignoring the outside world. Then the move to New York happened. (as it does...)

While in New York, seela managed to gig weekly (at places like the Livingroom, CBGB's Gallery and the Sidewalk Café), worked as a producer and session vocalist, and kept on writing. Much of this writing is what makes up "Hard Times Hit", seela's third record of original material. (Did we mention she's also a jazz singer?) Common sense and a lack of money brought her back to Austin where she now resides.

Her voice is deep and fluid, with an ease of phrasing that's almost conversational. From the sublimely innocent to the most perverse, it's easy to believe her. Many parts desolate yet surprisingly sweet, Hard Times Hit speaks of love, loss, unfortunate circumstances and being a loser, without ever losing sight of beauty or hope.

Seela's "dumb luck perfect" band has been playing with her every other Sunday night at Tambaleo (used to be the Electric Lounge). The line up features: Jon Greene on drums (Matt the Electrician, TOrcH, Craig Ross, the Barbers. Jon can also be heard on 2 tracks of Patty Griffin's new record due out early next year), Darwin Smith on electric guitar (Blu Sanders, David Baerwald and the New Folk Underground, Blue Sid Honey), Tom Pearson on bass (Matt the Electrician) and Ephraim Owens on trumpet (Blaze, the Ephraim Owens Group, TOrcH). Darwin Smith also produced the first track on the record, "Under the Influence."

The album features these musicians plus Stan Smith (clarinet), Craig Ross (guitar), Mike Porter (bass) and Brian Beattie (bass, organ and other noises).
Produced by Brian Beattie (Okkerville River, K. McCarty, The Dead Milkmen) and seela, the new album, Hard Times Hit was written and recorded during one of seela's most trying times. These songs could be the soundtrack to anyone's story.
This album could be pop music you won't be embarrassed to admit you like.


Seela is still a completely independent outfit. You can also catch her singing with the Austin jazz group TorCH, onstage singing back-up for Matt the Electrician or in your neighborhood playground swinging on swings around 4 in the afternoon.

seela lives in Austin, Texas. She likes cooking, nice smells, feather pillows, and the sky...among other things. Wanna know more?
www.seelaworld.com
www.matttheelectrician.com


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Buckminister

One of my current favorite albums
Like any favorite album, this one creped up on me. A few catchy things, a few harder to listen to. By the time I'd heard it for about to 20th time I was like, o my god, this girl is genius. I literally gush about this album to my friends.

Heather Corcoran - GoGirls Music


With her third CD “Hard Times Hit”, Seela has pulled off another free ride toward rock stardom. This release, while bringing up a more laid back appeal to listeners, brings forth an easy edge, rock-pop feel. With a sound similar to Edie Brickell and huskiness comparable to Sheryl Crow, Seela produces a multiple mood CD full of heartbreak and how to quickly get over it. Such intensity coming out of uncontrolled and honest lyrics, matched with Seela’s deep, rustic vocals. “Hard Times Hit” is full of love, betrayal and how to get over that a-hole who broke your heart. It’s a pure joyride of pop meets rock with a sexy voice feeding the microphone. Hard times may have hit for Seela, but at least the experience she had, gave the opportunity for one successful CD that you must own in your collection!

Brian Beattie - producer


seela's new record is like a ride with a stranger. Just hop on in, hold on tight, and keep your hand near the door handle. "Hard Times Hit", seela's 3rd record, finds her in no mood to give a crap what anyone else thinks about her.
It's a terse, hairy travelogue that makes a broad round trip from
cautious beginnings to brutal endings and back again. Musically loose, rich and varied, it's scary, it's beautiful, and it's anchored by that big, luscious voice, alternately calm, mad, hurt and searching. It's about as comforting as a kidnapping can be.

Christopher Brimstone

Tastes Like More
The music on Seele's new CD is exactly how I want music to be. Good melodies and a voice you have to adore. I have to see her live.

amyc

Haven't taken out of my cd player since I got it!
If you like your music chilled yet energetic, subtle yet strong and amazing yet AMAZING.............then you need to check out Seela. If Sheryl Crow could sing...she'd want to sound like Seela. Remember the days when Sarah McLaughlin was all indie and raw and natural? Well, Seela tops that.
Just give her a shot-- it's worth every second...your ears and your heart will thank you. These songs will last you a lifetime!

Meghan Collins


Great CD... when you are going to tour in the Northeast?!

fivemillivolts@yahoo.com

come away with a smile....
The songs on this CD have a way of sneaking up on the listener from behind and almost engulfing him slash her in the debris left over from heartbreak, heartache and acid reflux?? The songs are not as rudely seering as the ones on Something Happened but have a softer, even sweetly melodic feel. The title track lives up to its promise of sardonic melancholy. I'm Coming Over is soothing. I Told Everybody is refreshingly different. But perhaps the best song on this CD is Nothing On You which lives up to its promise of letting the listener "come away with a smile".

Terri

Remember the days when music was good?
Remniscent of old school Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Simple melodies & music that demand your attention...you're so drawn to these songs- you'll relate to them on every level. I love this CD. Remember the days when music was good? This will bring you back to these days!

kel

You must be this CD!
I love the music and the lyrics even more!
I saw the review about this cd being like Edie Brickell. It's like Edie Brickell's new Cd Volcano, but better!

Brian G.

Seela Rocks!
Seela & her band, along with her long-time producer Brian Beattie, have given us another great sounding CD. Seela's lyrics & her vocal delivery will put a knowing smile on your face, a lump in your throat, and/or a tear in your eye. Seela has a knack for attracting the cream of the Austin musical crop to support her and they provide the perfect backdrop for these amazing songs.
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