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Night of Joy

by Suki Tawdry

Lowdown-tempo - a bit bluesy, a bit country, a bit electronic and dj driven with sultry, torchy female vocals (described by one reviewer as "pure sex") over complex, evocative, oftentimes dark, soundscapes...
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1. Down M. Lane
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2. Mais Je Vous Aime.
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3. So Unresolved, So Undredeemed
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4. Intermission I
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5. Booze Blues
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6. Mr. Flowers Visits Dreamland
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7. Thank God
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8. Intermission II
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9. Thin-ice Walker
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10. Valentine's Day
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11. Night of Joy
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Album Notes

Jeff Kettle and Barbara Ann Duffy are Suki Tawdry; "Night of Joy" is Suki Tawdry's first release (Soul Shard Records).

On the surface, the music of "Night of Joy" consists of rich vocals inspired by a much jazzier era, accompanied by clever samples from all time periods and genres of music. The album unfolds like a series of short stories all waiting to be written. Barbara has created fascinating characters through her lyrics: men and women falling in and out of love; dreaming of revenge, redemption, and angels to claim them. As her voice captures their emotional highs and lows, Jeff carefully assembles sounds that establish the environments in which these characters live. "Night of Joy" draws in listeners, asking for repeated plays - no one will catch all the complexities of the music on the first try.

Jeff draws from a diverse musical background in creating the music of Suki Tawdry. His first release, "Organized Tours" on free Sound Recordings (Lexington, KY) was in 1995. Next, he joined forced with LA based band Menthol Hill (members include alumni of Fear, the Dickies, Francis Gumm, and the Motels) contributing with bass, slide guitar, and musical saw. With this background and experience, he next turned his attention to making a sample based record...

And that's where Barbara came in. Having sung and performed for numerous performance-art projects around LA, she was looking for a more structured project to showcase her talents with. Currently, she showcases her other talents as a traditionally trainer luchadora with renowned LA burlesque and mexican wrestling troupe Lucha Va Voom as well as in a myriad of other creative outlets , and it is this experience and comfort with the stage that gives her the ability to live the songs she sings, on record and for the audience.

Suki Tawdry has also employed the valuable assistance of Devics (Bella Union) frontman Dustin O'Halloran and Lorenzo Buhne (Fear, the Dickies) for "Night of Joy".

This CD marks the inaugural release of Soul Shard Records. It hit radio May 13th, 2003, and under the dedicated promotion of Athens, GA based Team Clermont, charted in the top 100 with CMJ.


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Andrea Ferrante

Suki Tawdry's "Night of Joy" leaves lipstick smears on the soul
Suki Tawdry’s debut album, "Night of Joy" plunges you into a Portishead- tinged seductiveness and progresses through shades of 70's influenced neo-funk-jazz grooves, meandering and punctuating Barbara Ann Duffy's voice, which comes on like an absinthe glow. Madame D's throaty vocals steam and soar in all the right places, with breathy emphasis on her clever turns of phrase. She inhabits her characters so completely that one can sense a chorus of women's voices trading their stories in a dark parlour lit by candlelight. And what stories they are... A real neo-noir page-turner.

Jeff Kettle, musician and dj for Suki, keeps the tempo fluid, moving from tantalizing keyboards to plinking xylophones. This instrumentation he combines with clever samples which constantly re-shuffle his various genres of references: from jazz to punk to movie soundtracks. Cinematic snippets of sounds - storms, hands clapping, footsteps - lead us in and out of each new track, and each new track opens up one into the other, like a series of rooms in a shotgun shack, all connected and unfolding, increasingly piquing your curiosity and drawing you in for the next adventure.

"Night of Joy" is lushly cinematic and sensually satisfying. Suki Tawdry's blend of cooled passion and deft rhythym massages the spinal cord into swaying to and fro, leading straight from the hips of course.


Haunting, hypnotic and...funky.
I've taken awhile to write a review for this CD because it is so difficult to encapsulate in nugget form. Barbara's voice is a sultry anchor to musical backdrops that range from melancholy to pure sex...I definitely feel the urge to light up after a listen. Highly recommended for dark, passionate nights.

Heather Seggel with Dagger

(this is my favorite review we've ever gotten -barbara)
This music is trip-hoppy, topped with sexy storytelling by burlesque performer Barbara Ann Duffy. She has a great voice that makes everything sound positively filthy, even if it's not. Lovely, raunchy, well-written.

Stein Haukland

dreamy trip-hop with a theatrical, jazzy edge
LA duo Suki Tawdry consists of multi-instrumentalist Jeff Kettle and vocalist Barbara Duffy. This, their debut album, offers 11 tracks of ambitious and dreamy trip-hop with a theatrical, jazzy edge. A late-night blue runs through the album, wonderfully underscored by Kettle's careful and minimalist arrangements that emphasize pulsating rhythms over elaborated detail. But it's Duffy's sultry voice that dominates the music; her storytelling is pushed to the front of the mix, and her haunting melodies accentuate the essence of Kettle's musical compositions.

Suki Tawdry is obviously drawing from the wells of Massive Attack and Portishead, but their lack of sonic uniqueness is more than made up for with the sheer consistency of their writing and performance. Much of this may sound familiar to you, but the band's ambition and eloquent performance make Night of Joy a captivating listen, holding much promise for the future.


like cigarette smoke: formless, insidious, altogether addictive
Suki Tawdry delivers a slightly more organic take on Portishead’s chilly techno-noir sound. Barbara Ann Duffy sells sultry in both words and vocals with an icy sweetness…Jeff Kettle handles the sonic end of the bargain, with R&B guitar scratching over spooky vibes and thick, booming beats…Their midnight confessions cling to the ear and the memory like cigarette smoke: formless, insidious, altogether addictive."


If you are about to get lucky, consider putting this cd in...
Imagine sitting in the smoky swirls of a shadowy late-night jazz club and living vicariously through the shady characters that haunt the establishment. This is the film noir mood of "A Night of Joy", the debut release of Los Angeles-based duo Suki Tawdry. Comprised of vocalist Barbara Duffy and dj Jeff Kettle, the twosome has created a sound fusing the vocal styling of 1950s torch singers with the sample-heavy/programmed beats of loungecore and electronica. Duffy, whose voice is literally pure sex, slinks and breathes as she sings voyeuristic songs of love, hate, revenge, redemption, and, well, sex. "Thank God" (track 7), with it's male/female trade-off vocals and role-playing lyrics, is similar to the Berlin's "Sex (I'm a...)". Kettle deftly programs the Portishead-like stripped down beats and rhythms, and, in some instances, channels the Frenchie-pop environs of Serge Gainsbourg and Francoise Hardy…And if you're about to, ahem, "get lucky," consider putting this cd in to get in the mood.