Cleo T is a extraordinary singer-songwriter from Paris – her debut album Songs of Gold and Shadow was produced by John Parish (P J Harvey):
“The Parisian chanteuse with the single-initial surname returns with an album boasting John Parish at the knobs and twiddles. ‘I Love Me I Love Me Not’ opens with dramatic woodland strings before Ms T emerges in her freaky garb for an atmospheric number, drunkenly stumbling into a woozy chorus backed by sublime irruptions of drum, piano and string. Perfect. ‘We All’ picks up the pace with more shrieky high notes over squalls of feedback and bouncy bass bits, plus a touchingly direct chorus: ‘We all need someone to hold on to.’ True that. ‘Song To The Moon’ is the tune Marlene Dietrich would’ve sung if she’d had to live with Hitler in the swampy Bavarian marshes until things “blew over.” Excellent wolf impressions and violins. ‘Kingdom Of Smoke’ is a dark, affecting piece of melancholic theatre. ‘Whistles In The Night’ continues this brooding sound. Parish is the perfect choice for Cleo’s twisted forays into the darker side of the woodland. This excellent album also contains a track penned for Cleo by Robert Wyatt, ‘So Long Ago Yesterday,’ and an appearance from my old favourite “instrument,” the theremin. Dark and seductive. An excellent collaboration that will send you slowly mad.”
– Mark Nicholls, Shout 4 Music
“It came as no surprise to discover that Cleo T is French. The black and white, pre-Raphelite sleeve hints at something from the left field, or should that be left bank, and that is pretty much confirmed from the opening track of “Songs Of Shadow And Gold”. A large range of instrumentation, including Theremin and crystal glasses combine with delightfully melancholic melodies to give the album a film noire feel, with Cleo T playing the role of the femme fatale. An album that drifts into your consciousness like a skiff emerging from the mist, cloaked figure in the prow.”
– Neil King, FATEA
“…diaphanous and ethereal ballads…folk compositions treated in the spirit of cabaret.”
– Rock & Folk, France
“…a wild side that contrasts with sweetness, while remaining deeply sensitive and melodic.”
About Cleo T:
Cleo T is from Paris and performs music that sits somewhere between ethereal folk & dark cabaret. The album, Songs of Gold and Shadow was produced by John Parish who is probably best known for his work with PJ Harvey and Robert Wyatt.
CLEO : Vocals – Piano – Auto harp – Thérémin
VALENTIN ‘ALMIGHTY’ : Cello – Banjo – Mandolin
ERIC BIRDREAM : Drums & Percussions
COLONEL MITCH : Double bass
NICOLASTONE : Guitars
GREGOR AUTEY : Acoustic Guitar
Produced by John Parish
Recorded by Ali Chant
Mastered by Shawn Joseph
***** The Little Story Of Cleo T. ******
Once upon a time there was a day without dawn.
A caravan made of gold and shadow through the red forests of autumn.
Cleo and her wild compagny criss-cross the southern seas and the western lands, somewhere between Paris and San Francisco, somewhere in the middle of italian countryside…
They settle in Bristol to record their first album with John Parish, and to whisper some secret tales to the mournful night.
Cleo T. stumbles through the black and white forests and sings the forgotten songs of the morning birds.
And here we are.
In this tiny little cabaret, through the haze, in the dark, we keep down our voices.
Waiting for things to move, slowly, through the looking glass…
Lady Cleo and her sandmen with silver hands open their secret box.
From broken waltzes to gloomy melodies, they steal the key of dreams.