Carl Cleves
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Carl Cleves

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Carl Cleves - The House is Empty (2012)"

Carl's new offering is a real feast for the ears. The bottom line is that this is a great album by a consistently strong artist. This album stands on its own and would be a great introduction to his music. The eleven tracks penned by Cleves and the beautiful interpretaion of Brel's classic La Chanson des vieux amanitas provide more than enough sonic and lyrical gems to satisfy.

Ben Kettlewell

- Alternative Music Press


"Carl Cleves - The House is Empty (2012)"

Carl's new offering is a real feast for the ears. The bottom line is that this is a great album by a consistently strong artist. This album stands on its own and would be a great introduction to his music. The eleven tracks penned by Cleves and the beautiful interpretaion of Brel's classic La Chanson des vieux amanitas provide more than enough sonic and lyrical gems to satisfy.

Ben Kettlewell

- Alternative Music Press


"Out of Australia -Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas"

Carl Cleves is a rarity: a musician whose first language is Flemish (he emigrated to Australia more than twenty years ago) who can write compelling songs in English and who, after years of living in Africa, formed Australian world music group The Hottentots.
In his latest manifestation, he describes himself and vocalist Parissa Bouas as “Australia’s definitive coffee house couple”, which is much better than the usual genres of “folk duo” or singer-songwriters”. The problem is that Cleves and Bouas’s music is genuinely genre-busting. Sure, it is crafted out of folk-roots but somehow Bouas’s vocals, which are sweet, rich and soaring, actually reach beyond the usual folk styles.
This is one album worth owning simply because there are a number of amazing songs. The Bethlehem Bell Ringer is a powerful political cry for some kind of humanity and sanity to return to the violence between Israel and Palestine. Set against the killing of a Christian bellringer in Bethlehem (true story), this song has the resonant chorus, “Oh Jesus, please help Palestine? Turn all that blood back into wine”.
No less powerful is Cleves’s stark account of the Coniston Massacre, the last mayor aboriginal massacre in the Northern Territory, and his melancholy story about black goldminers in south Africa, Way Down in the Mines. This is an original variation on folk and world music.

Bruce Elder
Review SMH 7-8 Jan 2012
- Sydney Morning Herald


"Out of Australia -Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas"

Carl Cleves is a rarity: a musician whose first language is Flemish (he emigrated to Australia more than twenty years ago) who can write compelling songs in English and who, after years of living in Africa, formed Australian world music group The Hottentots.
In his latest manifestation, he describes himself and vocalist Parissa Bouas as “Australia’s definitive coffee house couple”, which is much better than the usual genres of “folk duo” or singer-songwriters”. The problem is that Cleves and Bouas’s music is genuinely genre-busting. Sure, it is crafted out of folk-roots but somehow Bouas’s vocals, which are sweet, rich and soaring, actually reach beyond the usual folk styles.
This is one album worth owning simply because there are a number of amazing songs. The Bethlehem Bell Ringer is a powerful political cry for some kind of humanity and sanity to return to the violence between Israel and Palestine. Set against the killing of a Christian bellringer in Bethlehem (true story), this song has the resonant chorus, “Oh Jesus, please help Palestine? Turn all that blood back into wine”.
No less powerful is Cleves’s stark account of the Coniston Massacre, the last mayor aboriginal massacre in the Northern Territory, and his melancholy story about black goldminers in south Africa, Way Down in the Mines. This is an original variation on folk and world music.

Bruce Elder
Review SMH 7-8 Jan 2012
- Sydney Morning Herald


Discography

recent:
2012: The House is Empty
2010: Out of Australia -with Parissa Bouas
2008: Tarab. Travels with my guitar
2007 'All Alone

with The Hottentots:
2004: Turn back the Tide
2001: Graceful
1997: The Voice of your Heart
1994: A Small World

vinyl:
1987: Love is a Phantom
1984: African Lion

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Songwriter, lawyer, author, ethnomusicologist and former Brazilian pop star, Carl Cleves, originally from Belgium, is a contemporary of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, John Martyn and other songwriters that emerged in the 1960s and 70s and with whom he shared the stages of the London folk clubs during the time of the folk boom.

Unlike the others who stayed in the scene, Carl’s wanderlust led him to a life of travelling, guitar in hand, to Africa, Asia, the Pacific, South America and Australia, where he has now settled. Along the way he has acquired a loyal following in Europe, Brazil and Australia while avoiding the radar of the international music industry.

Carl's nomadic past results in highly original songs which have won many awards in world & roots categories - most recently, MUSICOZ & Australian Songwriters Association - BEST FOLK SONG AWARDS.

Besides his solo work, Carl leads THE HOTTENTOTS ( link http://www.carlandparissa.com) with Australian-Greek singer-songwriter, percussionist and choir leader, Parissa Bouas {link: http://www.parissabouas.com}. They have recorded 6 acclaimed albums together.

Carl's unmistakable guitar style was learnt from Brazilian players, bluesmen, Bert Jansch & Caetano Veloso, from the American banjo and the arabic oud. Traces of Brazil, Africa, folk and blues are the spice in the stew of Carl's songs that range from polyrhythmic exuberance to intimate subtlety, the personal to the political. Poetry and emotion.

Cleves’s first book, ‘TARAB: Travels with My Guitar”, recounting his adventures as an antelope trapper in Uganda, relief worker in cyclone struck India, recording star in Brazil, radio broadcaster and ethnomusicologist in Africa was published by Transit Lounge, Melbourne.

To check out Carl’s MP3s, reviews, videos and further details, visit:
WEBSITE: www.carlcleves.com
LISTEN: www.myspace.com/carlcleves
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/CarlCleves

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