Society of Imaginary Friends
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Society of Imaginary Friends


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"'A Rare Gem.'"

Sadness is a Bridge to Love is an amazing album. Not just for its wonderfully orchestrated music and incredibly rich, vibrant vocals but for the sense it gives of being taken away to a magical new realm. It's strangely reminiscent of lying on the floor listening to early Pink Floyd albums whilst under the influence of nothing but the spare time on your hands. This dreamlike soundscape, which begins with a stroll out on the The Moors, is not left to wallow in its own invention however, and Louise Kleboe beautifully blends the cool of Patricia Kass with the soul of Patty Cathcart to impart an operatic sensation that's at once unnerving yet inviting in its majesty.
I'm sure Odysseus endured a similar right of passage strapped to the mast of his mythic vessel, desperate to fall for the Sirens' song, yet aware it would destroy him if he did. Armed with such fundamental tools of folk music as violins and accordion, Society Of Imaginary Friends take the creative collaboration between Kleboe, Alfie Thomas and Chris Brierly to a fantastical conclusion and call at all stops along the way. For Those Online is a soaring anthem to delight the dedicated social networker of the digital age. The gentle piano accompaniment of Going Home gives way to the exceptionally evocative Night of Power and strident strings of Easy Way, whilst Flower on the Wall is a storming sea shanty that shimmies with sweat and seduction. For those that have an openly excited mind this is a rare gem. Spend some time with imaginary friends. It's really wonderful stuff. - BBC Online

"'a remarkale experience that will leave you in goosebumps.'"

In a similar vein to the supernatural calm of Antony And The Johnsons, this is both ominous and poetic.
Based around an operatic vocal and an ambient orchestra, it offers the kind of surreal beauty that Stanley Kubrick would have given his beard for.
From the blinding rush of The Moors to the grand death march of Night Of Power, it's a remarkable experience that will leave you in goosebumps. 8/10 - Planet Sounds - Channel 4 / ITV

"Review - Penny Black music"

"…an early contender for album of the year. With so many gems in its 10 tracks,
it's a can't-miss proposition for any fan of well-structured pop or ace female
- Penny Black Music.


'Glorious Orchestral Folk melodrama.' - The Sun


'...SOIF make the most touching sounds this side of Goldfrapp’s ’felt mountain’ and the Shortwave Set. With a suggested filing next to Musetta’s exquisite debut from earlier this year, we suggest you dim the lights, loosen up, chill out and be prepared for 13 minutes of unrivalled enchantment. ’the moors’ is a breathlessly beautiful noire laced torch song of some heartbreaking grandeur, both sophisticated and tender it’s a creative colossus of timeless proportions, the gentle caress of the wide screen symphonic aspects recalling Sakamoto’s early solo work, the sepia glazes, the peppering of accordions (has there ever been a better argument for their re-introduction into the pop vocabulary - see L’Augmentation for further evidence) and the overall elegance of the artistry combine to make this a seducing affair that appears to wallow resplendently when what you really expect is that it’ll blossom and erupt at some point - instead it’s a captured moment of refined beauty. ’the lovely rain’ features ex Cardiacs man William D Drake taking up piano duties (last appeared in these pages via his ’earthly shrine’ single last year - see missive 145) - a gorgeously fragile and porcelain slice of numbing classicism that’ll literally tear you from the inside out with its hollowed and majestic tear stained string adorned reflective touch. All said and done though the parting ’Windows’ is it must be said a class apart that just demands to be heard. A truly bracing and reclaimed slice of intoxicating song craft, almost catches you unaware like traps set for poachers, what first appears as a frail and spectral slice of monastic styled timelessly bound folk gracefulness soon unfurls unexpectedly with majestic consequence into a tempestuous operatic whirlpool that combines the unworldly spectral romance of the aforementioned Goldfrapp’s ’felt mountain’ and wires into its melodic matrix Gregorian elements of Kate Bush’s ’Sat in your lap’ and the arabesque swirls of Transglobal Underground whilst applying a drama fuelled underpinning a la Bernard Herrmann with vocalist Louise Kleboe amid the eye of the storm lost in the beauty of it all. Both haunting and hymnal it truly is an emotion sapping experience. Stunning.' - EP review by Mark Barton UK editor of Losing Today Magazine and The Sunday Experience.


Album 'Sadness is a Bridge to Love.' Released 2008. The Moors EP Released November 2008...



' Wonderfully orchestrated music and incredibly rich vibrant vocals, reminiscent of early Pink Floyd... A rare gem.' Tim Cunningham, BBC Online.

'Glorious orchestral, folk melodrama.' The Sun, Nov 2008.

It's a remarkable experience that will leave you in goosebumps.' Channel 4, Planet Sound.

'Critics pick, highly recommended.' The New York Times.

Inspired by the windswept drama of her native ORKNEY ISLES, Scotland. Louise Kleboe started writing songs at the age of 10 and was immediately showcased at the prestigious ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL. Her singing career has seen her perform her songs at the ISLE OF WIGHT BESTIVAL, The EDEN PROJECT sessions and the INSTITUTE of CONTEMPORARY ARTS, where her mysterious MEZZO voice and MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST talents have moved and intrigued. Her voice has been compared with LISA GERARD, KATE BUSH and even early SCOTT WALKER although she has always been acknowledged to have a UNIQUE sound all of her own.

Alfie Thomas AWARD WINNING FILM composer ( GOLDEN BEAR, Berlin Film Festival 2004, B.I.F.A 2005) and renowned CRAZED ACCORDIONIST with urban folk legends BAND of HOLY JOY he heard Louise's voice as she sang in a Gothic church filled with candle light and knew they had to work together. He pursued her and they formed the SOCIETY of IMAGINARY FRIENDS a name inspired by Louise's childhood experiences.

The beautiful, young virtuoso electric violinist CARA VELLA ( bohemian Indie stars The Peoples Friend ) completed the line - up in 2008. For special occasions SOIF even have a dynamic six strong OPERATIC CHORUS

SOIF collaborate with exceptional young VIDEO ARTIST Doug Rouxell who with treated live action and recorded effects dramatically underscores the music.

" From a practical point of view this three piece are extremely EASY AND QUICK TO SET UP AND SOUND CHECK.. They have a

10 MINUTE TURN-AROUND and are very slick and efficient"
Chris Carr, legendary Rock n Roll manager/promoter

SOIF seek out and love to play unusual venues,...the victorian catacombs of London's SHUNT LOUNGE ..or...a brooding chateau in Languedoc...the eccentric bliss of the very english BOHEMIA FESTIVAL, Tunbridge UK ...the rugged rural madness of FELLFOOT WOODS festival, Cumbria where they headlined this Autumn.
But they are equally at home giving explosive shows at classic Rock venues like..........the KNITTING FACTORY,, NY.. ...MAXWELLS, NJ........SOUTH PAW Brooklyn....93 FEET EAST, Brick Lane...BUSH HALL , London...STOKE FEST and the legendary CAMDEN CRAWL FESTIVAL, Camden, UK

Autumn 2008 saw the RELEASE of EP " Windows " and cd " Sadness is a Bridge to Love " ( Cadiz Distribution ) which were showered with praise in the press and online.

has included numerous live sessions on arthouse radio stations...RESONANCE FM...UK.....and....BREAKTHROUGH RADIO.NY.. Multiple plays on BBC RADIO ULSTER......BBC RADIO SCOTLAND ...BBC RADIO CUMBRIA

and a featured track in THE WIRE magazine's "Adventures in Modern Music "

A SOIF track was also included in " UNDER THE RADAR "s featured compilation cd.summer 2008

" CRUEL BLUE EYES " an early SOIF track was used by LUKE SCOTT of RIDLEY SCOTT ASSOCIATES in his provocative " Specsavers " commercial

SOIF have a growing fan-base of people looking for something FRESH and REAL...concerts inevitably end in tumultuous OVATIONS and ENCORES. Their songs and live performance seem to speak to everyone from film directors to camden crawlers.