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Life Ain’t Nothing But a “Street Parade” for Theresa Andersson

June 7, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Theresa Andersson, Street ParadeA little over a month ago we brought you the first video from Scandinavian chanteuse Theresa Andersson off her recent release, Street Parade. Yesterday, BlackBook.com premiered her latest video for the title track from Street Parade.

The song, as well as the whole album, is inspired by the festivities and music of New Orleans, with each of the twelve songs evoking a different mood of the celebration. “Street Parade” opens the record with resounding vocals rising over a regimental drum-line, testifying to the catharsis and impermanence of the carnival, and is truly a “last waltz” of a song. It’s a haunting and vaguely maudlin ode to the inevitable end of the party. There is also a pervading sense of melancholy; that feeling that one can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.

The video is a perfectly fantastical match to the song. The highlight of Andersson’s experience shooting it?  The Music Box, based in her current hometown of New Orleans. “I was so honored to shoot my new video at The Music Box and be a part of the historic art installation before it is dismantled after the final performances this weekend. [...C]reated by non-profit organization New Orleans Airlift, The Music Box is a collection of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses, each containing an instrument or having instruments built into its structure.”

Andersson’s heartbeat drives the musicians in the video — just as music is the heartbeat of Mardi Gras, and the driving force behind all street parades great and small:

Theresa Andersson’s “Hold On To Me” Is A Flight Of Fancy

April 30, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Theresa Andersson Street ParadeFor the video of “Hold On To Me,” off of Theresa Andersson‘s brand new album Street Parade, the Scandinavian soul singer went back to what inspired the album in the first place: the iconic parades of Mardi Gras in her adopted hometown of New Orleans. Directed by Peter Ringbom and shot during Mardi Gras, the video features Andersson riding in the parade atop a giant swan float designed by sculptor Jacques Dufforc and renowned puppeteer Arthur Mintz, the mastermind behind the award-winning film “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Andersson debuted both the album and the float, surrounded by a 40-piece band of singers, drummers and horn players as part of the all-female Krewe Of Muses in this year’s Mardi Gras parade. Among the many dazzled spectators, Mardi Gras legend Blaine Kern was most impressed with the spectacle. Kern, who called Theresa’s performance “the most original thing I’ve seen in a long time,” has designed floats for the parade since 1947 and has earned the honorary title of “Mister Mardi Gras.”

The parades of Mardi Gras season are immersive experiences, even for spectators. The eyes are dazzled by a riot of colors, masks and costumes and streamers in bright green and gold. Marching bands fill the air with thundering drums, joyous brass and playful woodwinds. Undulating revelers dance through the streets. For a few moments, the senses reel…

Get caught up and carried away in the Street Parade!

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