ALBUM OF THE MONTH
The cover: In keeping with the tradition of Steely Dan not showing up on the cover, Sara Isaksson and Rebecka Törnqvist are replaced with a picture of two women by Maine, USA photographer/artist Melanie West.
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A couple of videos from a TV appearance in October 2006:
Album # 57 is Fire In The Hole - Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist Sing Steely Dan - Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist
A labour of love ended up a CD released on their own label.
Neither Sara nor Rebecka are hardcore fans of Steely Dan, and perhaps that helped them break away from the polished Steely Dan sound and go for simple piano and vocals arrangements.
They wanted the songs, the music and the lyrics to take centre stage and - in the process - perhaps help people discover the beauty in the compositions.
And it works. What we get is 12 tracks that add another dimension to the songs for a Steely Dan fan like myself, and hopefully open up a few pairs of ears previously shut to the talents of Fagen & Becker as well as Isaksson & Törnqvist.
Here's a 5:39 long audio interview in English that is a nice companion to the written interview available shortly over on Mizar 5.
> > > > > (Due to various reasons the written interview never materialized, but Mizar 5 is a great site to visit!) < < < < <
We talked to Sara and Rebecka about the album and Steely Dan songs.
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Their record label is called Moule Recordings.