Charlene Kaye’s much anticipated Animal Love LP is out today and is currently #23 on the iTunes Pop Chart!
Supporting the release of Animal Love, Charlene Kaye announces national tour dates with the Team StarKid Apocalyptour, playing a full-band opening set and then joining the StarKid band on guitar – a double dose of Ms. Kaye!
More music, tour dates and info below!
May 1 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Animal Love Record release show
May 9 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
May 10 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
May 11 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN *
May 13 – Rocketown – Nashville, TN *
May 14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA *
May 15 – House of Blues – Houston, TX *
May 16 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX *
May 19 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA *
May 20 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA *
May 22 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA *
May 23 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA *
May 25 – Nobb Hill Masonic – San Francisco, CA *
May 28 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA *
May 29 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC *
May 31 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *
June 1 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO *
June 2 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO *
June 4 – Michigan Theatre – Ann Arbor, MI *
June 5 – Philly Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA *
June 7 – Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD *
June 9 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *
June 10 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY *
w/ Team StarKid SPACE Tour *
2011 was an amazing year for Charlene Kaye. Charlene released the insanely catchy single “Dress and Tie,”a duet with her frequent collaborator, Glee‘s Darren Criss, opened for Big Boi and Minus the Bear and participated in a national tour with internet sensation Team StarKid, went to the Grammys and played CMJ and SXSW. Check out the music video following the LA recording of “Dress and Tie,” and listen to more of Darren Criss & Charlene Kaye’s clever vocal interplay and sweetly sunny songwriting with the fanciful “Skin and Bones” video and as a bonus, listen to this rollicking live version of the track!
Charlene Kaye possesses a mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind voice that seamlessly marries throwback soul,orchestral chamber pop and dazzling rock and roll into a sound unmistakably her own. Charlene has released a highly praised debut LP and gorgeous EP, recorded with talented outfit The Brilliant Eyes, check out a video for LP single “Human,” premiered on Huffington Post and watch the old-timey, glamorous and riotous video for “Mad Tom of Bedlam” off the Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes EP and grab the MP3 of that track
Press Praise for Charlene Kaye
25-year-old Charlene Kaye is one to watch. Out with a new risk-taking pop album Animal Love this May, her voice seems to just melt into your soul (seriously). It’s nearly impossible not to smile while listening to the catchy tune, ogle over the creative, futuristic costumes, and those dance moves are pretty awesome, too.
Charlene Kaye is, quite frankly, an animal. The 25-year-old New York transplant can move seamlessly from heart-wrenching, operatic piano ballads to toe-tapping dance tunes, commanding the stage with her soaring voice and a smattering of feathers and glitter.
A few minutes of listening to Kaye’s jazzy vocals, poetic lyrics, and strong song arrangements will convince anyone that she’s chosen exactly the right profession. Her exotic beauty and effortless confidence onstage present a singer/songwriter who seems primed for success…
The singer/songwriter has continued to tour the country, continued to be name-dropped by (and seen alongside) one of cable TV’s biggest musical heartthrobs, and, most impressively, (in the span of five days) convinced her fans to shell out more than my annual salary to fund her next album.
Check out this jazzy, swinging, rocking group for yourself, fronted by the effervescent, golden-throated multi-instrumentalist Kaye.
A charming and talented emerging NYC chanteuse that mixes jazz, folk and rock. This lady, together with her band The Brilliant Eyes, has been working hard over the past few years and is finally getting noticed by a growing local audience. An artist on the rise.
It’s not every artist who can extend their repertoire from centuries-old folk tunes to a Justin Bieber cover…But New York-based Charlene Kaye has no problem making that leap. It’s all about dynamics here, as Kaye and Co. start off smooth and slinky, building to an explosive climax of abandon and musical madness.
NYC-based Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes jazz it up on their debut EP, taking roots-folkie Jolie Holland’s version as their backbone; the result is something that’s a little bit rockabilly and a little bit Western swing. A music video partially set in Coney Island helps amp up the retro vibe.
The album’s best described as a balancing act of sound. The songs don’t allow the listener to rest too long in either the saucy or wistful, the warm or the cold… And it’s just that kind of rhythm of change that keeps the savvy listener suspended, waiting, excited.
Take the heady, theatric dressing-ups of Rufus Wainwright’s baroque-pop, the sly, swing-able, indie-jazz of Feist with Kaye’s own earnest folk-punch and you find her blend of classical poignancy with pop’s whimsy…mystic, absurd, and elastic.
Kaye’s electrifying voice and her band’s folk-tinged indie-pop = an eclectic night, torch-songs and unfettered rock alike.
Kaye’s strong vocals rise and soar, wispy at the edges, but burning sun-fire at their thickest exertion…[Things… is] a blending of perfect balance, showing strength in arrangement and ambiance.
“I just want a little bit of your ecstasy,” sings Charlene Kaye on the opening track of her second full-length album, Animal Love. Such electric, exultant energy courses through the 10-song disc, out May 1.
Born in Hawaii and raised in Hong Kong, Singapore and Arizona, Charlene’s love of music started with classical piano training at age five. At 13, she began teaching herself punk songs on her mom’s nylon guitar and was further influenced by her sister’s love of classic rock bands such as Queen and Led Zeppelin. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. Things have been nonstop for the ambitious songwriter-performer ever since.
Her 2011 single “Dress and Tie”—featuring longtime friend and Gleestar Darren Criss—was featured in a promo for NBC’s Chuck, was selected as official boarding music for Delta Airlines, and has amassed over 20,400 downloads on iTunes to date. Last November, she opened for internet sensation Team StarKid and played guitar in their backing band on a sold-out national tour. Charlene has shared a bill with Big Boi, Minus the Bear and Holly Miranda, and her music has been featured on mtvU, The Atlantic Magazine online and The Huffington Post. Last summer, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Animal Love, setting a goal of $20,000. Enthusiastic fans netted her upwards of $33,000.
Produced and engineered by Brooklyn’s Tomek Miernowski (The Pierces, The Madison Square Gardeners), Animal Love explodes from the first hook of opener “Animal Love I.” “The song was inspired by that reckless, rapturous feeling of meeting someone who you think could be a very big deal, and what that sonic equivalent might be,” Charlene says. The song is anthemic and catchy, starting out with a simple kick-snare beat and building with lush synthesizers and euphoric gang vocals chanting “Let your bones show, let your bones show / won’t have to hide, have to hide anymore.”
While her first record, 2008’s Things I Will Need in the Past,primarily employed acoustic guitars, piano and strings in an avant-folk vein, Animal Love has greater emphasis on pop production, with drum samples, synthesizers and electric guitars populating the soundscape. Despite this new machinery, Charlene says that this album feels more raw and more human in ways the first one does not.
“With Things, I feel like my classical background compelled me to arrange everything precisely, right down to the vocal melody—I sang everything very cleanly and evenly, but I never ‘let go.’ With Animal Love, the process was much more intuitive, and I took risks I normally wouldn’t have in the past,” she says. “I did a lot of new things with my voice—there are some songs where I’m just screaming. I think ultimately, that feeling is what I wanted to capture the most on this record: complete catharsis, going from the sensible to the sublime.”
Though the record has its playful moments (the Beyoncé-inflected pop gem “Woman Up”), there is a drama and intensity that runs throughout. “Forever is a Long Time,” a song about the inability to commit to a lover for eternity, features a tight disco groove, roiling guitars, and strings that soar with cinematic urgency. “Don’t Make Me Believe” is perhaps the closest Charlene gets to arena rock, with a slamming wall of guitars and her voice hitting a show-stopping high note at the song’s apex.
“Animal Love II,” the sister title track and album closer, is a cosmic, soul-infused number that explores the idea of romantic love as a physical entity. Charlene sings, backed by rich harmonies, “What am I gonna do with this love for you? Can’t throw it out the window / Can’t poison it out.”
With the record clocking in at 37 minutes, one might expect the album to fly by, but its grand nature compels the listener to feel as if he or she has gone on a journey with her, to that place reaching the edge of the ecstatic and back.