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@ Yokohama Thumb's Up (5th Feb. '09)


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 それはまるでノスタルジックでエキゾチックな映画の世界に誘い込まれるような音楽だった。舞台は古き良きアメリカのようでもあり、ヨーロッパなのかもしれない。あるいは、さまざまな人種が小さな町を作るマンハッタンか? そんな世界で繰り広げられる探偵映画のポスターがそのままジャケットになった作品が、クレア・アンド・ザ・リーズンズのデビュー・アルバム、『ザ・ムーヴィ』。文字通り、映画こそがこのアルバムのコンセプトであり、この架空の映画のサウンドトラックと呼んでもいいのがここに収められている音楽ではないかと思う。

 ちょいとジャズっぽく、華麗なストリングスにメロディが、どこかでフランスのエスプリを感じさせ、キュートでコケティッシュなクレアのヴォーカルが甘くささやいてくれる。といっても、この日のライヴでフランス語が飛び出したのは1曲ではなかったかと思うのだが、どこかでなにかが微妙にフランスなのだ。そのヴォーカルに感じるのはジャズ・ピアニストでヴォーカリストのブロッサム・ディアリー。『ブロッサム・ディアリー』とシンプルなタイトルが付けられた名作をご存知ならば、そんな意味もわかるだろう。あるいは、わずか1枚のアルバムを発表して姿を消すことになったフェアグランド・アトラクションズの『The First of a Million Kisses(ザ・ファースト・オヴ・ア・ミリオン・キッシーズ)』時代のヴォーカル、エディ・リーダーも近い線かもしれない。

 なにやら男心をくすぐるような甘い歌声をささやくように歌うヴォーカル、クレアのフルネームはクレア・マルダー・マンション。お気づきの方もいるだろう... というか、これこそが日本で彼らを知るきっかけになるんだが、彼女はかのジェフ・マルダーの愛娘だ。しかも、この音楽性を体験すると、ひょっとすると、その奥さんだったマリア・マルダーとの間にできた娘なんだろうかと思うのも無理はないだろう。どこかで、彼女の名作、『Maria Muldaur(オールド・タイム・レイディ)』や『ドーナッツ・ショップのウェイトレス』のニュアンスも彼らの音楽に感じるのだ。が、なんでもジェフが離婚した後、再婚した相手との間に生まれた娘らしい。

 おそらく、そういったアルバムの数々をご存知ならば、このバンドの奏でる音楽のだいたいの雰囲気は察していただけるだろう。そのクレアの旦那さんが、このバンドでリコーダーからギター、ベース、のこぎり、ヴァイオリンにキーボードや『フェイク』ハープシコードなどを奏でるマルチなミュージシャン、フランス人のオリヴァー・マンション。おそらく、彼のセンスが微妙なフランス的エスプリを感じさせる理由なんだろうし、ユニークな「味」をこのバンドに与えているのではないかと思う。

 メンバー全員が真っ赤っかなコスチュームで登場し、アットホームな雰囲気で楽しませてくれたのがこの日のライヴ。おそらく、時差ボケや初めての日本でのショーということもあり、ちょっとした堅さもあったんだろうが、なかなかどうして「聞かせて」くれるのだ。そのささやくようなヴォーカルや繊細なバックの演奏に、なかなかシャッターを押すチャンスはなかったんだが、ある程度のイメージは伝えられるのではないかと思う。途中、照明を落としておもちゃのような明かりでステージを演出したり... カメラマン泣かせのライヴは、じっくりと会場で演奏を目の当たりにしてこそ楽しめるというもの。もし、お時間があれば、足を伸ばしていただければと思う。

 蛇足ですが、ヴォーカルのクレア、先日、元トーキングヘッズのデヴィッド・・バーンの来日公演でバック・ヴォーカルとして来日していたんだとか...


tour schedule

5th Feb. @ Yokohama Thmb's Up
7th Feb. @ Kanazawa Mokkiriya
9th Feb. @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
10th Feb. @ Hiroshima Club Quattro
11th Feb. @ Kyoto Taku Taku
12th Feb. @ Nagoya Tokuzo
13th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro

*The details can be checked here(JPN only).
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previous works

button2009

buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/27 @ Tokyo Eat and Meets Cay)
buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/26 @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference (JPN | ENG) feat.Doug Sahm tribute feat. Shawn Sahm and Augie Meyers and Alejandro Escovedo, Easy Star All-Stars, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, Legendary Tiger Man, The, Roky Erickson with The Black Angels, Tony Joe White, Asa, Ruthie Foster, Monareta, Peter Murphy, Andy White, Ben Harper & Relentless7 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Gary Clark Jr., Plouen Catximbes, Theart, Emeralds, The, Jimmy Webb and the Webb Brothers, Wayne Kramer (09/03/18 to 22nd in Austin, Texas)
buttonThe Plastic Day (09/02/28 @ Club FF, Seoul)
buttonGumx (09/02/28 @ Sang Sang Madang Live Hall, Seoul)
buttonKozy Ouchi : Kozy, you drink too much, buddy! (09/02/14 @ Sakuragi-Cho Borderline)
buttonClare & the Reasons (13th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonClare & the Reasons (5th Feb. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonKotobuki (31st Jan. @ Shin Okubo R's Art Court)
buttonGlenn Tilbrook (10th Jan. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)

button2008

buttonBloodest Saxophone (6th Dec. @ Shinjuku Red Cloth)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra with David Murray (26th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonKaiser Chiefs (25th Nov. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonHoney Hall feat. Kaori Kawamura, Kayo Sakata, Mr.Pan & Lawdy & Toshimi Watanabe & Copa Salvo(22nd Nov. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonEthipoia National Cultural Troupe (2nd Nov. @ Takanawa Kumin Center)
buttonThee 50's High Teens (1st Nov. @ Shinjuku Jam)
buttonJustin Nozuka (27th Oct. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonFanfare Ciocărlia (16th Oct. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonAsagiri Jam - It's a beautiful day! feat. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (5th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonClub Ska 20th Anniversary with intro & overall photo document feat.The Skatalites, The Trojans, Oi-Skallmates, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (28th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonSka Cubano (24th Sept. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonDoberman (23rd Sept. @ Hattori Ryokuchi Koen)
buttonSoul Flower Union (23rd Sept. @ Osaka Big Cat)
buttonChris Murray Combo (15th Sept. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonnbsa+×÷2008 feat. Copa Salvo, Goma & Jungle Rhythm Section, Razoku, Keyco & Kokyou, Cro-Magnon, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (14th to 15th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra (13th Sept. @ Kisarazu Nakanoshima Koen)
buttonAsa (10th Sept. @ Shibuya O-East Exchange)
buttonSunset Live2008 feat. Black Bottom Brass Band, Doberman, Sun Paulo, Mongol 800, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Leyona, Keison, Seiko Ito & Pomeranians, Double Famous, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (5th to 7th Sept. @ Keya Beach, Itoshima)
buttonCool Wise Men with Eddie TanTan Thornton (15th Aug. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonYou Waki (8th Aug. @ Shinjuku Club Doctor)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2008 (27th to 29th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset) feat. Jimmy Cliff, Manu Chao, Ethiopiques, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Manu Chao, Neil Diamond, Eddy Grant, Gilbert O'Sullivan
buttonPeace Music Festa! (from) Henoko 2008 (22nd Jun. @ Ueno Suijo Ongaku-Do) feat. Kachimba4, KZ, Masao Teruya, Shaolong To The Sky, Kotobuki, Duty Free Shop. with Kakumaku Shaka, Donal Lunny with Kazutoki Umezu & Hiromi Kondo, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Soul Flower Union
buttonThe Slackers (17th Jun. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonVic Ruggiero (16th Jun. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonKillswitch Engage & Thy Will Be Done (12th Jun. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonFumio Nunoya (7th Jun. @ Ogikubo Rooster)
buttonLove Camp 2008 feat. Oriental Lucy,The Plastic Day, Sagitta, Yukie Sato and more(31st May in Hong Chon, Kangwon-do)
buttonBanda Bassoti & Boikot (10th May @ Villaggio Globale, Rome)
buttonBerri Txarrak (3rd May @ Viňa Rock Festival, Villarrobledo)
buttonBanda Bassoti (2nd May @ Sala Heaven, Santander)
buttonBanda Bassoti (1st May @ Kottbusser Tor, Berlin)
buttonOki Dub Ainu Band (23rd Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonMozaik (4th Apr. @ Kyoto Taku Taku)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (3rd Apr. @ Nagoya Tokuzo)
buttonThe John Butler Trio (2nd Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (30th Mar. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival feat. Alabama 3 (12th Mar. @ Latitude 30, Austin), Bonnie Bramlett (12th Mar. @ Pangaea, Austin), Daryl Hall (12th Mar. @ Lone Star Lounge, Austin), Daniel Lanois (12th Mar. @ Pangaea, Austin), Asylum Street Spankers(13th Mar. @ Esther's Follies, Austin), Billy Bragg (13th Mar. @ SESAC Day Stage Cafe, Austin), Body of War feat. Kimya Dawson, Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Brett Dennen, Brendan James, RX Bandits, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg(13th Mar. @ Stubb's, Austin), Old Man River (13th Mar. @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn, Austin), YB (13th Mar. @ Burbon Rocks Patio, Austin), The BoDeans (14th Mar. @ Auditorium Shores Stage, Austin), The English Beat (14th Mar. @ Momo's, Austin), Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (14th Mar. @ Ninety Proof Lounge, Austin), Cherine Anderson(15th Mar. @ Flamingo Cantina, Austin), Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel with David Grissom, Stephen Bruton and Brannen Temple (15th Mar. @ Cedar Door, Austin), Was (Not Was) (15th Mar. @ La Zona Rosa, Austin)
buttonBroken Social Scene & Stars (26th Feb. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonBoikot (26th Feb. @ Shibuya Gig Antic)
buttonBoikot (23rd Feb. @ Maple House)
buttonBjörk (16th Feb. @ Olympic Hall, Seoul)
buttonDoberman (10th Feb. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonKotobuki (9th Feb. @ Shin Okubo R's Art Court)
buttonThe Afet Collective (8th Feb. @ Harajuku Studio Cafe)
buttonDachambo (26th Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)

button2007

buttonKaori Kawamura (23rd Dec. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonSoul Flower Union (15th Dec. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonMorio Agata (27th Oct. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonVery Be Careful (8th Oct. @ Shinjuku Marz)
buttonOzomatli (8th Oct. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonVery Be Careful (3rd Oct. @ Shibuya The Geme)
buttonSun Set Live 2007 feat. Special Others, Leyona, Theatre Brook, The Eskargot Miles, Rico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men, Little Tempo, & Bloodest Saxophone・akiko (31st Aug. to 2nd Sept. @ Keya Beach, Fukuoka)
buttonSoul Flower Mononoke Summit & Kotobuki (12th Aug. @ Kotobuki-Cho Free Concert)
buttonSign Sonic! '07 feat. Free Birds, Bright Eyes, Freedom, B.M.D. (Band Music of The Deaf), 2-Time, Rimi, N-Style & Signmark (7th Jul. @ Hatsudai The Doors)
buttonTakeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier (4th Jul. @ Shibuya Parco Theater)
buttoncolumn : Don't Miss It! - Sign Sonic '07 feat. Signmark and more (4th Jul.)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2007 feat. Keith Allen, ,Tinariwen, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, John Fogerty & Damien RIce (22nd to 24th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton)
buttoncolumn : Don't Miss It! - Takeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier (18th Jun.)
buttonAmos Garrett (4th Jun. @ Nakameguro Rakuya)
buttonAmos Garrett (27th May @ Osaka 5th Street)
buttonMarisa Monte (26th May @ Zepp Nagoya)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (13th May @ Ueno Suijo Ongaku-Do)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (10th May @ Boom Boom Bash, Shizuoka)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men & Toshimi Watanabe (9th May @ Shibuya Eggman)
buttonFermin Muguruza and Afro Basque Fire Brigade (30th Apr. @ Totem, Pamplona)
buttonFermin Muguruza and Afro Basque Fire Brigade (29th Apr. @ Vina Rock Festival, Benicassim)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (28th Apr. @ Villaggio Globale, Rome)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, Boikot, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (27th Apr. @ Estragon, Bologna)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Boikot, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (26th Apr. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat Cicso, DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. Ring Ding, Boikot, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (25th Apr. @ 25th Apr. @ Muse Cervi, Reggio Emilia)
buttonBanda Bassotti (21st Apr. @ Maria, Berlin)
buttonTony Joe White (16th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonWhat's Love? (10th Apr. @ Shimokitazawa 251)
buttonJoss Stone (9th Apr. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonBaba Zula & Double Famous (4th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonThe Slakcers (27th Mar. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonBerri Txarrak (25th Mar. @ Roppongi Rock Factory)
buttonHappy Dispatch (25th Mar. @ Aoyama Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou)
buttonLakatos Ensemble : 目を閉じれば世界が見える (22nd Mar. @ Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall)
buttonThe Slakcers with Oi-Skallmates (21st Mar. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonVic Ruggiero with Toshimi Watanabe (20th Mar. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference feat. Lily Allen, A.J. Croce, owkmj (ore wa konna mon janai), Alina Simone, Bobby Witlock with Coco Carmel, Cho Sister Brothers : Pianica & Magic Orchestra, Go!Go!7188, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals , Casa De Chihuahua, John Hammond, Rickie Lee Jones, Ozomatli, Buzzcocks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Andrew Winton, YB(13th to 18th Mar. @ Austin, Texas)


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