Thursday, December 20, 2007

Scala & The Kolacny Brothers

Scala & Kolacny Brothers is a Belgian all-girl choir (age ranging from 16 to 26), conducted by the two Kolacny brothers, Stijn & Steven. Up to date, they have released 5 albums of ethereal, overly dramatic, haunting cover versions of many contemporary pop/alternative hits. I know this screams out 'novelty', but actually they're just awesome the way they are, you just don't have to take it so seriously. Their latest studio effort, 'One-Winged Angel', was released this year with new covers of Bjork, Radiohead, Depeche Mode and more. My favorite gem on it has to be the much-needed, chill-inducing version of Damien Rice's 'The Blower's Daughter'. There's also a marvelous take on Kylie's 'I Believe In You', which might or might not have inspired that new orchestral version she's been performing live lately. I guess the tricky thing with these kinds of albums is that I always jump to the songs I've already known and loved first, and tend to not be as keen on the others whose the originals I don't like as much or never heard of yet. Anyway, check out some choice cuts along with other very nice tracks from their previous albums - all recommended! Although the music has nothing to do with Christmas, it certainly suits the holiday vibe. This year I didn't really feel the spirit though, have only re-added 2 festive albums onto my iPod and both of them were from last year! Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I'm preparing the year-end list and hopefully they'll be up here after Christmas...

One-Winged Angel, 2007

The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice)
I Believe In You (Kylie)
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall)

It All Leads To This, 2006

Heartbeats (The Knife)
Yellow (Coldplay)
You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)

Dream On, 2004

Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
With Or Without You (U2)
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

On The Rocks, 2002

Creep (Radiohead)


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