Runaway Orchestra - CD
Taking a slight turn from our regular output we present Runaway Orchestra’s self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine (a side project to her solo work) and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Together they have created a gentle and uplifting re-imagination of past classics which will leave you dreaming of hazy summer days. Across it’s ten tracks, ‘Runaway Orchestra’ carefully crafts covers of classics with a fresh folk twist.
Opening with The Turtles 1967 hit, ‘Happy Together’, re-worked as a delicate love song, the track flows with lush string arrangements and Madeleine’s warm and inviting voice.
Further highlights on the album include a stunning cover of Wolfman and Pete Doherty’s 2004 indie success ‘For Lovers’, which keeps the original’s melancholy undercurrents whilst injecting a more upbeat and brighter mood with its careful instrumentation. Cher and Sonny’s ‘The Beat Goes On’ is transformed into a gentler number with subtle drum arrangements and interplay between Madeleine’s singing and the lead melody. Also on the album is a memorable cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘If Not For You’, where Madeleine’s voice hypnotises the listener with its subtle pitches and gentle folk melodies.
Sophie Madeleine is best known as a Ukulele-playing singer and songwriter, who takes a joyful DIY approach to her music. Though she started her musical endeavors on the piano, before teaching herself the guitar, it was finding the ukulele that made Madeleine feel most at home. She captivates her audience with her soft vocals, her classic 60’s French songstress looks and her hands on, direct to her fans approach to her music. She is a self-declared fan of Pledge Music – an organisation which provides fans and artists the opportunity to work together to make new records and raise money for charity.
Featuring musicians from The Divine Comedy, UNKLE, and Cinematic Orchestra.
The CD packaging features a hand-drawn, comic-style booklet by UK illustrator Henry McCausland.