Miniatures is the electronic/dreampop project of New Zealand expatriates Ché Walden and Annemarie Duff. Drawing heavily from the delay-soaked and distortion saturated alternative indie of the 80’s and 90’s, Miniatures craft cinematic and emotive soundscapes over meticulously programmed rhythms, tinged with a barest touch of pop sensibility.
Joined by a semi-permanent roster of musicians, the group released two self produced EPs (2011’s self-titled and 2013’s celebrated DIS) while cutting their teeth in Melbourne’s burgeoning shoegaze and dream pop scene. 2015 saw the full-time addition of Chris MacLean on bass, with the band eventually settling into a studio to begin work on their debut album with renowned Melbourne producer Matthew Hosking.
We are very excited to announce that Swoone have joined the family here at Saint Marie Records. Swoone is the unique combination of seductive vocals from Siobhan De Mare and captivating music by Gary Bruce. You may know Siobhan from her time as the vocalist of nineties band Mono and her time as the vocalist of Robin Guthrie's post Cocteau Twins band Violet Indiana. More detail on Siobhan and Gary below. Here is a *nearly* complete track from their future SMR release to whet your appetite.
Siobhan De Mare, daughter of Tony Meehan, drummer of the Shadows, granddaughter of the well-oiled gong banger for Rank films, was no stranger to show business when she started her career as a featured artist and backing vocalist for many dance and electronic bands. She was also the famous voice of the Emirates Airline worldwide campaign from 2002-2008. Siobhan signed her first major deal with Chrysalis Records and Universal, with her band Mono. Their album Life In Mono was released on Echo Records and soon entered the UK charts reaching the top twenty. Their hit song Life In Mono was used for the soundtrack of the film Great Expectations featuring Robert De Niro and Gwyneth Paltrow. The album also became very popular in film and television as incidental music including Dead Man Down with Naomi Raspen, and the X Box game, Alan Wake. Siobhan went on to form Violet Indiana with Robin Guthrie, former guitarist of The Cocteau Twins. They released several albums on Bella Union Records, with their music being used worldwide in film and television.
Gary is a self taught non musician and producer, not to mention qualified arborist and teacher! He has had music used in many TV programmes worldwide, including Jamie Oliver's Dream School, USA. He has also had music included in several instrumental albums. His other recording credits include a 7” single released on Andrew Wetherall's, Moine Dubh label, as one half of Echowood with Nina Walsh. He has also released one highly acclaimed instrumental album, MAPS, which was produced with a booklet of his own poems. Gary plays guitar with the amazing shoegaze orientated Daniel Land and is co writing some of the songs for Daniel's new album.
We are very excited to announce that Mahogany have joined to ranks here at Saint Marie Records. More news on what to expect from them in the near future. In the mean-time, get current on their past releases:
Mahogany incorporates elements of postpunk, shoegaze, disco +
classical into futuristic, architectural, symphonic dreampop. The band,
consisting of co-collaborators Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm, combines
vocals, dual 12-string guitars, melodica, cello, sequencers,
synthesizers, samplers and percussion along with video projections for a
cumulative effect that the band refers to as the "Hypercube."
Mahogany have released two critically-acclaimed full-length albums,
*The Dream of the Modern Day*, and *Connectivity!*, as well as numerous
singles, EPs and compilation tracks, collected on *Memory Column: Early
Works and Rarities 1996-2004*, in addition to producing and remixing
contemporaries including Pinkshinyultrablast, Ulrich Schnauss, and The
Mahogany counts live performances with the likes of Vampire Weekend,
Spoon, Chairlift, Bloc Party, Land of Talk, Serena Maneesh, Interpol,
Luna, Broadcast, and many others, in addition to being featured in
international publications such as *The New York Times*, NME, The
Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork, ZOO Magazine, NYLON Japan, MOJO,
Time Out, ArtRocker and more.
Its official, we will be releasing The Bilinda Butchers first EP regret, love, guilt, dreams on vinyl for the first time! We are very excited to finally bring the bands first work to vinyl. More details to follow!