Sarah Rabdau | Benevolent Apollo

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Benevolent Apollo

by Sarah Rabdau

Sensual, poetic vocals that weave in and out of orchestral electronics, piano, guitars, and strings. Pop music with a purpose.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. Karma Song
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2. I Tried to Reach You
3:55 $0.99
3. I Was Wrong
3:56 $0.99
4. Light Up
4:56 $0.99
5. Runaway
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6. Summer Killer
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7. 85 and Breezy
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8. Onlyone
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9. Where Are You Tonite
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10. So Many Millions
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Album Notes
"The CD has all the addicting qualities of nicotine, alcohol, and heroin all wrapped up into ten songs."
Sarah recently received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Songwriting Contest in the pop category.

Since breaking onto the scene in January 2004 with her debut album 'Benevolent Apollo', Sarah Rabdau has been capturing hearts and ears with her soulful atmospheric pop. She has garnered comparisons to a sexier Sarah McLachlan and sometimes Beth Orton--though most who've experienced the charged sound of Sarah Rabdau find her music downright indescribable. She strides boldy ahead, proudly and respectfully wearing her many badges of influence.

Sarah Rabdau, 25, has been a singer, songwriter, pianist, and performer of both music and theatre for over fifteen years. "Both of my parents are artists and I feel like that exposure to the visual arts helped define my musical tastes and influence more then anything,' Rabdau muses. 'The musicians that inspire me most are ones that create beautiful soundscapes and tell a story; like aural paintings." Rabdau counts musicians like Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Tori Amos, Amel Larrieux, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell among some of her inspirations, citing their unique styles and daring strokes of artistry.

While growing up--on the salty Massachusetts coast and in sunny sweet Orange County, California--Sarah felt that pop music's future could use a little freshening up and she was determined to provide it. So, with this mission in mind, the budding diva stole away to a dusky Boston apartment and began to reformat her sound. When it was time to sit down and write new material Sarah felt the weight of her piano keeping her down, "So I literally dismantled it. How can you grow with five hundred pounds on your back?" She traded her upright for a keyboard and a computer and so began the journey to create 'Benevolent Apollo'.

Co-producer Eric Jalbert and Rabdau spent two long years recording the album on an overworked G3. Several guest artists helped the album to fruition including Waxboy Records' artist [munk] on guitar, Jon Natchez (Skavoovie and the Epitones, The Silent League) on baritone sax and flute, as well as a string trio. The result is luscious combinations of soulful pop, live instrumentation, electronic beats and atmospherics. The album has been praised for its warmth, sexiness, and willingness to challenge the listener.

Sarah Rabdau performs gigs with a full live band consisting of Troy Velazquez on drums, [munk] on guitar, and Dave Rengel on bass. Eric Jalbert rounds out the group with backing beats and atmospheric layering. Sarah also treats listeners to stripped-down sets featuring a cast of characters that could include a laptop, cellist, and guitarist. She has been booked with other singer/songwriters, DJ's, reggae, rock, and hip hop groups and has shared stages with bands like Certainly, Sir, Automato, Violet Nine, and Toussaint of Red Pill.

Before her debut release Sarah started garnering some rather notable achievements. Rabdau played to a crowd of several thousand at the 2003 Gay Pride celebration in Boston. Sarah was also a featured vocalist on a pair of internationally acclaimed dance records by Universal Tongues. Thanks to Sarah's sensual vocals the UT track 'Staticky' was remixed by electronic music producers Timewriter and Klute. Sarah's vocals have been sought out by Chris Fortier and Apollo Alum [munk] for his track 'Kill the Girl to Save the Love'. The track was featured on 'Navy NCIS' on CBS while also gaining a spot on WFNX's DJ Traylor's X-list for over 6 weeks.



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Fantasic! Great songwriting and a voice the cuts right through you. Highly rec


Sarah Rabdau...the daughter Prince never had......
If Prince had a daughter with Beth Orton it would be Sarah Rabdau...This is Sarah's First CD and i can't wait to hear what she is going to do on her 2nd cd!


this CD makes you feel as if you're floating........
Sarah's voice makes me think about fresh paint on 300lb arches wet watercolor paper.....yea.....fresh is the word I would use to describe her. the intricate harmonies of her background vocals are enough to make you take notice. this album was well done...her songs are breezy and reflective...I'm excited about this CD and expect to see much more of her.