The Full Force of the Wind

Parissa Bouas

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About the Album 

It’s not hard to see why multi award winning, Greek Australian chanteuse, PARISSA BOUAS,  has won a legion of fans and respect for her performances, with  Australia’s definitive coffee house couple, The Hottentots.  PARISSA is now detouring, following the muse down a fabulously kitsch, Vintage jazz , alt pop path. 

Musically, this EP could be the lovechild of Billie Holiday and Tom Waits meeting in a Parisian nightclub, where Gypsies play songs of love and loss, with an occasional distinctly South American twist. 

‘Sad Eyes’, a sultry, Gypsy jazz tune, reached the ISC semi finals and won the coveted SONG OF THE YEAR and BEST JAZZ SONG categories at the 2012 & 2013 Dolphin Music Awards. 

“The Full Force of the Wind”, is Parissa's first collaboration with Dutch multi instrumentalist, instrument builder and producer Michiel Hollanders.  Her musical support team is unconventional and impressive: Dutch  virtuoso bandoneonist Marc Constandse‘s musical presence is nuanced, passionate and rhythmic. Australia’s pre eminent Brazilian specialist, Doug De Vries, seduces us with 10 string guitar, rebolo and cavaquinho on the Latin influenced, title track ‘The Full Force of the Wind’ and on ‘Honey and Candlelight’.  But it is Michiel Hollanders and Parissa’s combined magic that brings all the elements together into a very unique sounding album. 

Recorded in Australia and Holland and mastered at LOUD! in Amsterdam, the exotic timbres of velofoon, saw, fietsband bass, claude viol and bandoneon mesh perfectly with Parissa’s  sublime, moody  melodies, and eclectic vocal stylings , which on this album, lend more to the jazzy sounds of Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux.  Supported by these rich and quirky arrangements she draws upon elements of vintage jazz, latin, pop and Manouche, with expressive vocals that are both sensitive and seductive.