Chanteuse /shahnters/, n. (Fr.) Singer, esp. nightclub singer. Esp. singer - in smoky, red velvet type nightclub - of songs about love lost and foundand lust.
Flame-haired Sydney artist Amanda Easton releases Chanteuse the follow up to the self-titled debut which delivered two Top 10 indie chart (AIR chart) tunes and radio play nation-wide. It still features the contagious pop weve come to expect from Amanda, but this time its for the morning after - theatrical pop featuring chilled-out electronic beats with a tinge of blues and jazz. Resonant double-bass and emotive muted trumpets sit alongside electronic loops and electric guitars showcasing Amandas rich soaring vocals in a sexy, emotional second album.
The live line-up is DJ, double bass, piano, electric guitar and vocals.
Perhaps best known as a PopTart, Amanda has performed with hundreds of different singer songwriters and bands at that weekly Sydney showcase night promoting original female-fronted music acts over the last six years. She is also one of the most in-demand backing vocalists in Sydney, having toured regularly with Wendy Matthews and Richard Clapton, performed with Powderfinger and Candice Alley at the ARIA Awards and sung alongside artists such as Vanessa Amarosi, Marcia Hines and James Reyne.
She also embarked on a 20-date tour around Europe and Japan in late 2005 to promote her first self-titled album
buy this CD[Chanteuse] if you're searching for some passion and goosebumps in your music. Loungey, electronic, Latinesque in spots, double bassey and sampled paradise - oh, and of course you've got Amanda's voice as the silk ribbon holding the whole gorgeous & mysterious package together. by Anne-Lise Larsen, Sirens of Sydney/Glamaphonic, March 27,07.
Thursday March 8: Amanda Eastons Chanteuse album Launch.
The Vanguard, Newtown.
From 8:30pm. Tickets:$10/$36 for dinner and show
Including International Womens Day celebration of women in music also featuring PopTarts: Jo Elms + Kylie Memory + Evelyn Duprai + Snez.
8:30pm: Jo Elms...9pm: Kylie Memory...9:30pm: Amanda Easton (Simon Morel on guitars, Greg Royal on double bass, Nick Beswick on keys, DJ Damien Goundrie on decks, special guest on trumpet, Tania Murray and Jo Elms on backing vocals)...10:30pm Evelyn Duprai...10:50 Snez and her band.
Tickets are only $10 in advance ($13 at the door). Dinner and show tickets are $36 and are going fast, so book now for the whole Chanteuse International Womens Day experience at the gorgeous Vanguard in Newtown.
More info at www.amandaeaston.com or www.myspace.com/amandaeaston
Other Sydney gigs:
Mons March 5, 19 + 26 PopTarts at The Empire Hotel
7:30 pm...Free Cnr Parramatta Rd and Johnstone St, Annandale A great night of grrl talent
Sundays in April The Royal HotelAcoustic Craving
6pm...Free Chanteuse in stripped-back form for a lazy Sunday