Christiane Dolores | Amor Fati

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Amor Fati

by Christiane Dolores

Christiane Dolores has combined elements of trip-hop and jazz, spoken word and psych-rock, to create a unique piano-led singer-songwriter sound aligned as much to 20th-century lieder as to R&B; part Kurt Weill, part Portishead. - Justin Hopper
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Institutional Proposal
3:35 $0.99
2. Bricks in the Sun
4:51 $0.99
3. Fading Rage
5:40 $0.99
4. Little One
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5. Hiding in Plain Sight
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"With Amor Fati the artist Christiane Dolores tempts the casual listener to conjure up a strange cabaret where the legitimate quirkiness of Laurie Anderson, the poetic earnestness of Jeff Buckley and the jazz/gospel stylings of a glittering, long-dead era have been deliciously combined. But after a few listens you realize these sweet, catchy, air-tight songs have been been bought and paid for by a real woman over the course of a lifetime. If acceptance is the adult version of patience then this music shows you can have peace with a broken world."-Alexi Morrissey

"One hand. Five fingers. Each leading me down a different road.
I liked not knowing what to expect. I knew that wherever I’d be taken, I’d be OK; I’d find my way back.
I heard sadness, anger, strength, frustration, erraticness, howling, dark playfulness, irritation, honesty, wisdom, tenderness, love. A country of emotions to travel in a handful of songs." - ebele

Christiane Dolores lyrics, music, voice, percussion.
Ryan Miller arrangement & scores of compositions.
Dana Canone Recording and Mixing engineer. Recorded at the Church Recording Studios.
Co-produced by Christiane Dolores and Dana Canonee. Mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Kevorkian Mastering.

Chris Belin - Drums
Justin Brown - Bass
Paul Cunningham - Keys

Phat Man Dee
Geña Música

Photography by Curtis Reaves and Gavin Benjamin.

Funded in small part by the Advancing the Black Arts Grant, all else funded by my holey pocket.

Amor fati is a Latin phrase that may be loosely translated as "love of fate" or "love of one's fate". It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary. In that they are among the facts of one's life and existence, so they are always necessarily there whether one likes them or not.



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Deesha Philyaw

Amor Fati: When Fate, Beauty, and Rage Collide
In the mid-2000s, I saw Christiane D perform live for the first time with Soma Mestizo. At the end of the set, I thought, “Cosmic.” Her voice, haunting, throaty, and otherworldly, left me half-expecting to open the club’s door and step directly into free-fall in a star-filled galaxy, instead of onto East Carson Street. Christiane had transformed the confines of the small venue into a personal planet that she ruled, stalking like a huntress, from the stage. Christiane’s lyrics, her bad-ass delivery, and the utter heartbreak of her voice let me know this woman had seen some things, been through some things. I was going through a divorce at the time. I wanted to know her.
Love, loss, and power were prevalent themes in Christiane’s songs back then, and she returns to these themes, with a bit less urgency, but no less fed up, on her fourth CD, Amor Fati. The title is Latin for “love of what happens”; some translations say, “love or acceptance of whatever comes.” And yes, the mood on the CD conveys acceptance, but also a reckoning, a clear-eyed accounting of the way things were:
You were my long as you were the God that I prayed to
I was to be your bride, your patient (“Institution Proposal”)
Christiane is still calling you on “your bullshit...building walls” (“Bricks in the Sun”), but there’s also another conversation happening on Amor Fati, between past and present, younger self and present self, youth and experience:
When beauty begins to fade
And wisdom takes the stage
While I’m young, capture my rage
Then I’ll decide to turn the page (“Fading Rage”)
Some women artists declare a certain album their “grown woman” album. Christiane is incapable of creating anything but grown woman music. On Amor Fati, her vocals move seamlessly between electronic, soul, funk, and R&B. Occasionally, bright, happy chords evoke childhood and playfulness, but lyrically, Christiane is still “walking the streets angry as hell.”