Also: video for sober breakup tune “Not With You” debuts; featured plant succumbs to special effects. Listen, Watch & Re-Post!
“Let’s Dance”: [MP3] http://tinyurl.com/holmes-letsdance
“Not With You”: [VIDEO] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDHlzppdE4&fmt=22
“…humor, wistfulness and universality that would compare well with some of the best of Ben Folds or Beck.” - Los Angeles Times
If you go to the movies or watch TV, you've heard the music of Roy Shakked, who answers to the nickname of HOLMES. Heavily influenced by the standards (and that means The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, ELO, Queen, and, OK, Harry Nilsson), it's not surprising that Hollywood has picked up on Roy’s tunes, placing them in programs and features such as CSI Miami, Sex and The City, The OC, Nip/Tuck, and The Devil Wears Prada.
Before all of that, Shakked graduated as a piano performance major from Berklee College of Music in Boston and later delved into heavy sequencing using synths and plug-ins, becoming an accomplished electronica producer and remixing classic tracks by Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy McGriff, McCoy Tyner and Carmen McRae. Shakked later made the move back to piano and band arrangements to write the HOLMES records.
The latest self-titled HOLMES album contains one of Shakked’s signature lush arrangements – this time for his cover of the David Bowie classic, “Let’s Dance” (MP3). Additionally, Shakked has completed the latest video from the album, for the sober breakup song, “Not With You” (VIDEO). The video documents a couple moving in together, breaking up and moving out – all in under three minutes. Half way through the clip, all of the couple’s actions up to that point reverse, leaving Shakked all alone in his house at the clip’s close. Shakked extends apologies to the plant that was killed over three days of still camera time-lapse capture.
Label: Groove Gravy Records
“Let’s Dance” (David Bowie): mp3
“Not With You”: mp3 video