Hello Lovers

Hello Lovers

BandAlternativeFolk

Hello Lovers is a string chamber group with vocal from Austin, Texas. Their music is rooted in jazz and the blues with a pop sensibilty. Their sound has been classified as "American Gothic chamber-pop" and compared to contemporaries Antony and the Johnsons, Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart.

Biography

Hello Lovers is a string chamber group with vocal from Austin, Texas.

They perform music rooted in jazz and the blues with a pop sensibility and a firm footing in romantic period classical chamber form.

The group is comprised of both conservatory trained professional musicians and players who have trained independently. Its members have had an active involvement in the punk, jazz improvisation and fashionable rock scenes of Austin, San Francisco, and New York City.

Composer John Christian King (Kodiak/les Messieurs du Rock) founded Hello Lovers as an umbrella title for experimental works. The group began to find its voice in a yearlong Negro spiritual workshop coordinated by Mr. King. From there, King began working on a synthesis of traditional folk-song writing, combining his own jazz improv training with an unyielding fascination for chamber music.

The music began to take shape when King assembled a group for a recording session through musical colleagues. He was introduced to Masha Poloskova, violinist and graduate of the renowned conservatory of Moscow; Mollie Fischer (Tuna Helpers), cellist and recent graduate of the Kansas City conservatory of music; and Andy Hadaway (The Innocent/AM Syndicate), one of Austin’s most prolific sidemen and the acclaimed composer for Austin’s Spank Dance Company. It is these four who now make-up the current group, collectively known as Hello Lovers.

Their initial studio effort was recorded in August of 2005 at Means of Production Studio in Austin. This session resulted in their debut EP, “Vanity Fair,” released by Inchworm Records on December 19, 2006. The EP features seven tracks, including standouts “My Girlfriend Is A Gay Pirate,” “A) Fall B) Fell Flora,” and the first single, “The Ribbon Moves.”

The group’s sound has been compared to contemporaries Antony and the Johnsons, Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart.

In the words of one member of their audience, “I’ll take this as the one hour of the day I didn’t want to kill myself.”

More to come…

Lyrics

The Ribbon Moves

Written By: J.C. King

all people say
“when comes the means are”
and never say
whom is looking on
and better still
you chase
the ribbon moves
closely
and when your feet can’t feel the floor
all now a new and reverent eye
and bury more to loose the soil you chose
and call into the new
and carry air full
we’ve been here for far too low
all people say
“we’ve never owned a grace in mercy”
and never claim
to have been looking on
and better still
the ribbon had
touched your hand and
just like the kiss you knew
all when your heart had rose above your mind
and like fruit had ripened in the light
all now a new and reverent eye
and bury more to loose the soil you choose
and call into the new
and carry air full
we’ve been here for far too low
i know

My Girlfriend Is a Gay Pirate

Written By: J.C. King

fear like flies about the wrist
have you my dear have wanted of this
a kiss at the tear of the pair of your lips
the answers now given with your knees at your tits
and I’ve no concern for it is what it is if you care
I’ll start with a strand of your hair
in my mouth as you’d never been there
but a curious and unwelcome stare
fall
I’m sure they’ll forgive us and likely outlive us
in winter we shivers
that’s why we deliver the spring
oh you
at me with me have me undone
fall you
fall me kiss me tear me all undone
and you said you were a sailor
and at the sea you saw
when we became an island
oh we
to fight and fuck and bite and suck and rear and buck
all undone
fall
as you’d never before
I won’t call you a whore
but I’ll know you’re a bore
and at night when you snore
I will sing
that’s why we deliver the spring

A) Fall B) Fell Flora

Written By: J.C. King

a pleasure to watch as
impulse after impulse you
heal of the heat all above white flame
oh, and like a feather
floating willy-nilly
all above a field of thorns
take the match and strike it on my face before my eyes see no one
brighter than you
in the shadow of a fallen heart gone idle
take the light that the match will make and show
everybody I know
a) fall b) fell flora
and I will leave it there
and though so for if the fountains can’t breathe
it might lead you to me

Discography

"Vanity Fair" EP (2006, Inchworm Records)