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NEW REVIEW of Petits Bisous!!!

Erin and Her Cello:    Le Petits Bisous

By Michael Mohammed     September 16, 2014  

Sometimes you’ve got to indulge your musical sweet tooth. Petits Bisous, the second album from cellist-singer-songwriter Erin Hall, is filled with tiny, witty songs designed to put a smile on your face. Her music is largely in the 50s/60s doo-wop template, with peppy piano lines, wandering stand-up bass lines, and light female backup vocals, an aesthetic that pairs very well with the twee stories she tells.

Hall, who performs with an 7-piece band as Erin and Her Cello, has made a name for herself with her infectiously fun live performances, thanks to her bubbly stage presence and stand-up-comedy lyrics. In her debut album, she sang about a Duane Reade cashier with freakishly large nails, going to the zoo, and falling in love on the subway.

Petits Bisous uses a similar template. The opening song, “Rebound Magnet,” is a peppy ode to being a relationship also-ran, backed with piano and jazzy sax. Hall sings in a rapid-fire, breathy style that at times makes it hard to understand what she’s saying, but as a whole it’s a bright, high-energy opener.

The rest of the songs continue in the same mold. In “Google Stock,” a joyfully avaricius Hall starts out asking for the title item as a birthday present – “It doesn’t have to cost a lot/’cause if you’re smart it was already bought/before the recession.” “Breakdancin’ Man” relates the common NYC subway experience of tolerating foul-smelling dancers on your subway ride, while “Walk of Fame” covers the trip home after a one-night stand.

As with her first album, there’s a song entirely in French – “Bonbons Chocolat” – and while some find the lyrical nature of the French language quite beautiful, I think it’s a bit of misstep. Though the title evokes the melt-in-your-mouth treats that most songs on the album resemble, the fact that the song is in French robs it of the on-the-nose cleverness that drives most of her music.

Among this batch of pretty trifles is one truly beautiful and poignant gem: “2 Good 2 B True.” Despite the unfortunate title, probably meant to evoke a text message, it’s slow jam in the doo-wop mold, about a hipster boy-girl meet-cute on New Years’ Day (“tall and lanky with a boyish smile/a touch of awkwardness to drive me wild”), with concertina and vibraphone. Her airy voice perfectly complements the bittersweet tone of the track, and it all gels beautifully.

The final track, “Just Maybe,” again finds Hall in a more romantically serious mode, and it’s another winner. This time, a bowed cello finally makes an appearance, and it’s beautiful – which raises the question: why isn’t there more cello on this album? A cello player since she was 8, Hall has a beautiful sound, but the album is sparsely populated by finger-plucked cello apart from the final track.

In the end, this a fun, lighthearted album filled with songs that wouldn’t be out of place at a children’s birthday party or a Williamsburg dinner party. Hall shows tremendous promise as a songwriter and a lyricist, as long as she continues to rely on her cello talent and skill for a clever turn of phrase.

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September 16, 2014

With Sincere Gratitude...

Before our music video "drops" this afternoon, I'd like to take a moment to THANK everyone involved. It was such a lovely collaboration between so many people, and we couldn't have done it without ALL of you.         THANK YOU!              THANK YOU!                 THANK YOU!

Thank you to our Kickstarter Backers: The men and women that contributed financially to make EVERYTHING possible! (in no particular order)

Quinn, Misty, & Huck Milner  *  Jerry Eisner  *  Frank & Melanie Friedman  *  Amber Vickers  *  Jeanette Clonan  *  Tom Williams  *   Anna Rachel Lusby  *  Benjamin Mariage  *  Shannon Andrews  *  Andrea Lira  *  Nancy Irwin  *  Gavin Starr Kendall  *  Robin Sagon  *  Amy Granger  *  David Clement  *  Debbie Cleverly  *  Andrea Moro  *  Marilyn Butler   *  Kevin & Katie Scanlan  *  Butch Harper  *  Patrick McGreal  *  Frances Ellsworth  *  Heather LaBour  *  Will Brumley  *  Maranda Barskey  *  Kathleen B. Murphy  *  Jacki Moonves  *  Jeremy Reppy  *  Vanessa Woods  *  Emily Wilson  *  Katherine Patterson  *  Lisa Deupree  * Kickstarter.com

From the Video Shoot:

Director:  Chris Ungco

Director of Photography: Rommel Genciana

Producer: Kara Lee & Nick Mohammed, GFY Enterprises

Assistant Director: Drew Moore

Animations: Andrea Lira

Art Direction: Cara Rae Hyman

Stylist: Candice Cooper

Art Assistant: Seyda Sterns

Assistant Camera: Juan Carlos Mayorga

Gaffer: Patrick Egan

Best Boy: Mike Lighston

Key Grip: Matt Cooper

Grip: Shota Sasakura

Grip: Liam Billingham

2nd AD: Lisa Jacobs

PA: Emely Martinez

Stills Photographer: Moses Charles

Special Thanks:

Sonny and Nini Ungco  (AMAZING food!!!)

Lynette Wiley and the Jalopy Theater

Nikki Ferry

The Dancers: Adam Mathias, Jordan Landers, Shannon Andrews, Jes Shuford, Stephanie Kiahtipes, Amit Rupani, David Clement, Ana Meyer, PJ Jestry, & Andrea Lira

Don Godwin: Engineered & Mixed New Version of "Sober"

Seaside Lounge

G & J Audio 

My Family: Rich & Tonya Hall, Christine Hall & Patrick Harper, Tara Hall, Mishi & Brandon Stirling, and all my friends that have listened to and supported me.

And last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank the beautiful musicians that I get to work with, that made this video so adorable. THANK YOU for being such an inspiration, and SO MUCH FUN.  I love you guys!

Aya Kato: Piano

Gabe Shuford: Accordion

Adam Enright,  Anna Marquardt, and Amber Renae Gray: Backup Singers of Sass & Style

Andrew Potenza: Percussion

Happy Thanksgiving, and see you all at 2pm!


Erin and my Cello



Tune in Tuesday


Ladies and Gentlemen. The Time has come. Tomorrow, 11/22/11 at 2pm EST, Go Folk Yourself and Erin and her Cello will release "Sober: A Music Video." We can't wait! But we will. Stay tuned.




September Showers bring October Running Powers!

We have been nominated for a GO Magazine Reader's Choice Nightlife Award for Best Lounge Act!  And-- great news-- anyone can vote!  Would you be so kind as to vote for us?


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 We're pretty certain that our GO Mag nomination had something to do with our beautiful friend, Jeanienne Vanessa Palmer. Erin will be running with the IT HURTS 2 B FABULOUS Team in the Running for Answers 5K Run/Walk on October 23rd in Philadelphia.  This year's race is being held in honor of Jeanienne,  and we would like to take a moment to ask you help support our team in this Race to help find a cure for Desmoid Tumors.  Please click here to donate for our amazing Jeanienne. We love and miss her very much.

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ALSO!  We have music video news! Our first music video, "On My Stoop", (Animated and Directed by Andrea Lira) was chosen as the Video of the Day for The Boise Weekly on September 25th, 2011.

And, it just so happens that on the same day (September 25th) --we wrapped shooting for our 2nd music video!! Ooh, it's gonna be good! Special Thanks to Go Folk Yourself,  and all of the amazing crew that we were so fortunate to work with.

24 Hours Left of our Music Video Campaign!

Only 24 hours to go! And every little bit helps!

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO ALL OF OUR BACKERS!!! We can't wait to make this video--Thanks to you!!! :)

Special Thanks to the production team of Go Folk Yourself, who shot and edited this sweet video (video, video!)