Chiaroscuro

by Music For Grown Ups

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This beautiful, collectible CD was designed by photographer and musician Jane Burke. It features her original photography and comes in a premium matt finish.

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  • Deluxe Box Set — STRICTLY LIMITED

    We can't resist the opportunity to show off Jane Burke's spellbinding photography. Although numbers are strictly limited, we are proud to have made available a collector's box set, including the Digipack CD and a 7"x7" book featuring all of Jane's arresting images created for the album, along with John's lyrics. Each box set will be numbered individually. Label art varies. Unique and highly collectible.

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about

Many songwriters style themselves as artists. Music for grown ups' frontman John Hughes is the genuine article. He doesn't just wear his heart on his sleeve — he rips yours out and wears that.

At times epic in proportion (the majestic 'Belladonna' or the brooding 'Exhibition'), at times intimate (the strangely erotic 'Dark Star'), but never less than heartbreaking, this sixth LP showcases Hughes's most confident and mature songwriting so far.

The trademark acoustic guitar is still present, but Jane Burke's edgy 'cellos are pulled assertively to the fore throughout. Elsewhere, a driving pump organ or a Fender Rhodes underpins searing washes of feedback and distortion, held in check by the steady rhythm section of Thomä and Hirsch. Hughes's reproachful voice threatens to fall apart with hurt at any moment, as notes from a forgotten piano tumble over Nancy Landzo's listless whisper or the troubling strains of an ancient lullabye ...

Timeless, disturbing, postmodern, Chiaroscuro is dust from the crumbling columns of a broken empire. A classic.

RL

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released July 3, 2012

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PERSONNEL

John Hughes: Guitars, piano, fender-rhodes, pump organ, voice
Jane Burke: Cellos
Nicolas Thomä: Drums
Matthieu Hirsch: Bass
Jeremy Grasso: Guitar (3)
Nancy Landzo: Voice (1)
Rosette Tama: Voice (1)
Yaël Tama: Voice (1)

Written by John Hughes.
Produced by Nick Buxton and John Hughes.
Recorded at Basement Studios, Paris.
Mastered by Olivier Furter at Basement Studios.
Photography and cover artwork by Jane Burke

© 2012 French Fries Publishing
℗ 2012 John Hughes under exclusive licence to Louba Rêve Records

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Music For Grown Ups Paris, France

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