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The Story of The Runaway Orchestra

Taking a slight turn from our regular output we present Runaway Orchestra and their self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra.

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 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.  Her Youtube channel is where it all happens.

The album also features musicians from The Divine Comedy, UNKLE, and Cinematic Orchestra and comes complete with a hand-drawn, mini-comic illustrated by the extremely talented Henry McCausland.  It will be released on Monday 1st April on CD and download.