You see what Secret Agent Clare is doing in that picture? She’s touching a globe. Why is that significant? Because after the release of The Movie on October 16 (Frog Stand) she might just have the whole world in her hands. Better to practice on an unsuspecting globe now. We described The Movie as “the most unabashedly romantic CD of the last quarter century. Born of candlelight, jazz clubs, winter and wonder, Clare and her Movie makes this a night, and an affair, to remember.” Luckily you can get a preview of the loveliness that awaits by heading to Joe’s Pub on September 10 for a CD release party and performance by Clare & The Reasons. A bit of trivia for indie fanboys: Clare’s husband, Olivier Manchon, who guests on The Movie, also plays for Sufjan Stevens, who can also be found on the record, during “Nothing/Nowhere.”

Full press announcement on The Movie after the beep!

Clare & The Reasons Celebrate the Pre-Release of their Debut Album “The Movie” at Joes Pub Sept 10th

October 16th Featuring Van Dyke Parks, Sufjan Stevens, & Gregoire Maret

Recently Appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show Alongside Teddy Thompson

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Sentimentalist Magazine – The debut album from Brooklyn’s Clare & The Reasons is easily the most unabashedly romantic CD of the last quarter century. Born of candlelight, jazz clubs, winter and wonder, Clare and her Movie makes this a night, and an affair, to remember.”

The Boston Globe – “…her songs are full of melodic surprise and urban fun. Her pure, shimmery soprano is a marvelous instrument, with a trembling, heart-melting vibrato, and a sleek, muted resonance.”

Come out and join Clare & the Reasons celebrate the release of their much anticipated album, “The Movie”, out on Frog Stand Records October 16th. A select few CD’s will be available for the release show at Joe’s Pub, but the rest wont be available instores until Mid-October. Catch them while you can, as Clare & Co will be headed for a 3-week European Tour in end Sept, Dates TBA. Clare & the Reasons will be performing songs from this debut, featuring the first single “Pluto”, in which Clare recently appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition last week discussing her music inspired by Pluto being dethroned as a planet just in time for its one year anniversary. And most recently, Clare performed on the Conan O’Brien Show as a special guest alongside Teddy Thompson. Hope you got a chance to see it!

Tell All Your Friends is thrilled to announce the most impressive orchestral pop debut this Fall, Clare & The Reasons “The Movie” (Frog Stand Records- Late September). “The Movie” is lush & sinfully beautiful, featuring the likes of Van Dyke Parks (“Love Can Be A Crime”), Sufjan Stevens (“Nothing/Nowhere”) and Gregoire Maret (“Rodi”). Clare & The Reasons’ music harkens back to the romance of a forgone era, through the eyes of a contemporary indie-chanteuse with a pop sensibility.

Lead by Clare Muldaur Manchon, the seven-piece is rounded out by Alan Hampton (bass, vocals), Olivier Manchon (violin, vocals, piano, saw), Greg Ritchie (drums), Beth Meyers (viola, vocals), Christopher Hoffman (cello), and Bob Hart (guitar, vocals, piano). With a certain sultry playfulness and charm, Clare & The Reasons thematically evoke the era of the classic Film Noir beauty we have come to cherish from the 1940’s, with tracks like the ironic “Cook for You”, the haunting “Alphabet City”, and playful yet melancholy first single, “Rodi”.

Adding to the bands arsenal of symphonic harmonies, is Clare & the Reasons’ showcase of the blues, doo wop and strings, best exampled on “The Movie’s” opening track “Pluto,” which permeates throughout the LP to the final opus track “Pluton.” Clare Muldaur’s vocals and lyrics are both earnest and intangibly appealing, set to the rich tapestry of The Reasons , the entire LP will leave you mesmerized and longing for the days when simple times were upon us.

Featured Artists:

Clare Muldaur
Alan Hampton
Olivier Manchon
Greg Ritchie
Jenni Muldaur
Beth Meyers
Cristopher Hoffman
Bob Hart
Sufjan Stevens
Van Dyke Parks
Gregoire Maret

Track Listing:

1. Pluto (3:30)
2. Nothing/Nowhere (5:06)
3. Under The Water (3:43)
4. Alphabet City (5:52)
5. Cook For You (4:10)
6. Rodi (4:37)
7. Go Back (4:29)
8. Sugar In My Hair (3:29)
9. Love Can Be A Crime (3:06)
10. Science Fiction Man (5:10)
11. Pluton (3:43)

About Clare & The Reasons

First, Clare writes songs. Then she brings them to the Reasons test lab. There, the songs are submitted to a series of intense treatments and tests until they become what some people call: “lush and sinfully beautiful”.This process named in the scientific community “Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis” or RPS, lead to the making of “The Movie” (Frogstand Records) their debut album. (no known side effects. FDA approval pending).

Who is this Clare anyway?

She was born on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in a vegetable garden amongst the most incredible tomatoes grown by her mother Sheila. Her father, music innovator Geoff Muldaur, introduced her to artists such as Mildred Bailey, Bessie Smith and Sam Cooke. Clare rode hundreds and hundreds of horses and listened to these inspiring musicians on her walkman while working in the barn.

One day, she rode her horse all the way to Berklee College of Music. With a handsome scholarship she was able to study jazz arranging and composition. There, she met now long time collaborator Olivier Manchon. On their first encounter, he made her cry and then they got married.

Who are “The Reasons” ?

Alan Hampton, Olivier Manchon, Christopher Hoffman, Beth Meyers, Greg Ritchie and Bob Hart can be found in Brooklyn, NY. Most of the time, they are rehearsing, singing harmony vocals, pretending that their string trio is an orchestra, or playing very embarrassing football (the real name of soccer) in Prospect Park while discussing how to get endorsed by big sports gear corporations.

You can hear Clare sing 2 songs on the Fox show “Arrested Development”. She also has songs in 2 Lion’s Gate films. Most recently, her song “Cactus Tree”, can be heard in the HBO show “Cathouse”. Clare and Olivier have toured together in Japan, Ireland, France and the US of A.

Beginning this fall, look for The Reasons in a town near you.