Fallulah - The Black Cat Neighbourhood (Maria Apetri)
From the album "The Black Cat Neighbourhood" (2011)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Denmark
Fallulah was born Maria Apetri, 1985, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first time you hear her music you make an almost instinctive connection to dance and with good cause. Fallulah and her Danish mother (a professional dancer) often went on dance tours in Eastern Europe with her Rumanian father, a choreographer in Balkan dance.
The death of her father when she was only 9 years old changed her life, but she continued to concentrate on dance. At 21, she attended New York’s Broadway Dance Center, before returning to Copenhagen to focus on music, releasing her well received first album, “The Black Cat Neighbourhood”, in 2010.
“The Black Cat Neighbourhood” is the title track, recorded by Fridolin Nordsø in New Mexico City Studio with some additional recording at Maria’s home. Many of the musical ingredients are typical Fallulah, not to suggest that the songs on the album are in any way lacking in variety. Quite the opposite, they are extremely varied, demonstrating enormous talent and huge musical potential. “The Black Cat Neighbourhood” is a more acoustically grounded recording than one might at first think.
The use of close miking (and some dynamic compression) creates a very engaging acoustic scenario. The rhythmic elements are intensified by Flamenco-style handclapping and the hint of exotic flavors in her excellent vocal lends Fallulah a distinctive fresh, personal style.