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Fun House

by Riddle the Sphinx

Romantic bohemian music with a carnival twist. "Fun House" is a dreamy and intimate collection ranging from seductive ballads to ethereal pop to carnival waltzes, with bonus material included on the enhanced CD. A must-have.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shepherd's Hill
3:46 $0.99
2. Vagabond
3:45 $0.99
3. Into Forever
4:31 $0.99
4. Lullaby
4:06 $0.99
5. The Fallen Ones
3:40 $0.99
6. Fun House
2:17 $0.99
7. Almost
3:51 $0.99
8. Judgment Day
4:12 $0.99
9. Sandman
4:28 $0.99
10. Hunger
4:12 $0.99
11. Romanza
3:55 $0.99
12. Nickel a Drink
4:13 $0.99
13. Lullaby Unplugged
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes



"Simply put, RTS is creating original art, and excelling at it."
~ Music Connection Magazine


Touted "the band to see in Los Angeles" by the NoHo Arts District Music Column, Riddle the Sphinx is an innovative band, bringing to mind artists as diverse as Kate Bush, Loreena McKennitt and Danny Elfman, while at the same time, venturing into unchartered musical territory.

RTS has consistently received accolades from the press for its originality ("one of the most unique bands in Los Angeles," says NoHo Arts District Music Column) and its charm ("enchanted my socks off," says All Access Magazine). Their unique style even perplexed the LA Music Awards on what category to include them in for a nomination, before deciding on Best Adult Alternative Artist of the Year in 2005. Touching on elements of classical, celtic, rock, pop, world beat, jazz, and folk, RTS strives for one thing: to create great music.

Much of the band's innovative style can be traced back to its front woman, lead singer, pianist and songwriter Christiane Cargill. A fiery redhead and classically trained pianist since age 3, Christiane was recently featured in Glamour Magazines 2005 Woman of the Year issue, and honored with the Toyota Moving Forward Award for bringing music and art therapy to at-risk children, while driving her own inner passion for music. With a love for adventure (such as hang-gliding and firewalking), it's no surprise that her passion for life comes out in her music.

RTS's percussionist, Christo Pellani, has a mesmerizing quality on stage. Featured as one of ten Unsung Drumming Heroes of Los Angeles by BAM Magazine, he has toured the world playing concerts with Air Supply, Mary Wells, and The Shirrelles, and has studied music in Africa, Brazil, India, and Bali. The fusion of Christo's world music percussion and Christiane's classically-trained piano and vocals blend together seamlessly to create the band's distinctive sound. Rounding out the group are bass guitarist, Burgundy Morgan and guitarist, Donovan Raitt, both accomplished musicians who add tasteful textures to compliment the band's signature style.

Currently in the studio recording a Celtic album, RTS recently opened for the Young Dubliners, and have been sought out to contribute songs to numerous film soundtracks.

"Some of our teenage fans have told me that their RTS CDs have mysteriously disappeared, later reappearing in their parents cars," recalls Christiane, "and I'm so glad that our music has a broad appeal which reaches people of all ages." With a fan base from eight to eighty years old, RTS has captured the attention of music lovers across a spectrum of generations.


"loaded with vibe, tight musicianship, and great vocals. This is real music with real musicianship."
~Bobby Borg, Best-Selling Author, The Musicians Handbook

"A skilled, seasoned foursome from Los Angeles, RTSs full-length CD could please fans of Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, and Kate Bush. There is loads of talent and artistry in this band."
~Music Connection Magazine

"beautifully sculptured masterpieces of sound."
~Toni K., Warrior Girl Music / Songsalive!

"This is an excellent CD and my top pick so far for 2006."
~Nancy Nickle, Catz Go Round Records

"I'm reminded of Sarah McLachlan in her prime."
~Anna Maria Stjarnell, Collected Sounds

RTS's sophomore release, Fun House, is romantic bohemian music with a carnival twist, a dreamy and intimate collection of songs that range from seductive ballads to ethereal pop to carnival waltzes. Produced by Christiane Cargill, RTS assembled a stellar cast of guest musicians for Fun House, and worked with the legendary Michael Vail Blum (Madonna/The Who/Pink Floyd), who mixed and mastered the project. The artwork masterfully captures the bands playful spirit, while the enhanced CD features photographs, lyrics, and a five-minute Meet the Band documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sean Kinney.



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Anna Maria Stjärnell, Collected Sounds

This album is a lovely thing!
Riddle the Sphinx is fronted by singer/songwriter Christiane Cargill. The music they play is lovely and the lyrics by Joy de Guzman are intriguing. “Into Forever” is a sweet ballad that brings out the most sensuous qualities in Cargill’s siren vocal. I’m reminded of Sarah MacLachlan in her prime. “Lullaby” is a string-enhanced song that works as an actual lullaby. It’s got some nice eastern touches and a shade of Tori Amos dynamics. The title song is a fun, cabaret-ish spin with surreal lyrics. Cargill sings wonderfully. “Judgment Day” is a mid-paced song with intriguing lyrics of a wrongdoer. This album is a lovely thing.

Nancy Nickle, Pres & Founder, Catz Go Round Records, LLC

About "Fun House" it is a place I want to enter and never leave!
This is an excellent CD and my top pick so far for 2006. "Fun House" is a journey that takes you to the special places within yourself, which I don't want to leave. The writers Chris and Joy put down the music/story and then the entire family "Riddle The Sphnix" interpret with the wonderful talent that each member has. Frankly I didn't want the CD to end.

There are at least two radio singles on this CD: "Into Forever" and "Judgement Day" (both brought tears to me). Other favorite tunes: "Vagabond", "Lullaby Unplugged.

If you like Tori Amos or Laura Nyro (from another time) this is a CD that you will listen to many times!

I was privilleged to hear "Riddle The Sphinx" at a Songsalive! gig. What an incredible experience where the music is brought to life by each of the players. Now stop reading and buy this wonderful treasure. If it was my choice, this band would be on our label. They have the special quailities that you don't find often...the songs, the players a wonderful experience!

Anita Erickson

If you only buy one CD, this is the one to buy!
This CD is so captivating that I find myself hearing it in my dreams. If you only buy one CD, this the the one to buy. You will be absolutely amazed.

Rand Hubiak

Awesome album
Those who own the limited edition CD of "The Fallen Ones" will already recognize a few familiar tracks that have been re-recorded for this wider release (among them the seething and yet melodious "Judgment Day" and the scintillating and erotic "Hunger"). However, the new disc offers a handful of genuine surprises as well. There is the juxtaposition of the whimsical and macabre found in the title track, as well as the raw heartbreak of "Romanza," and the so-hummable-it's-almost-top-40 opening tune, "Shepherd's Hill." While this album certain picks up where the previous one left off -- solid tunesmanship, a neo-classical bent to the piano arrangements, lyrics that recall the best of the Romantic period (we're talking Byron, Shelley & Keats here, not unicorns and rainbows!), and a vocal style that is simultaneously operatic and earthy -- it also explores a wider sound that is enhanced by a solid rhythm section and a more band-friendly approach, as opposed to the solo piano prodigy sound that dominated their first release. Clearly, these songs were recorded with the intention of being played live before a large audience, which is exactly what this follow-up should afford the band. Almost every track is underscored by the full band this time, an evolution made all the more enjoyable by the unpredictable and yet accessible approach to arrangement: none of the percussion sounds like standard Top 40 or rock'n'roll drum kits but is, rather, more a "world beat" sound, and yet it all remains sufficiently familiar to avoid the preciousness of an affected ecclecticism. At 13 tracks, the admission fee to "Fun House" is scarcely a buck or two more than it would cost to download the whole thing from iTunes, with the added bonus of having the CD artwork already professionally done for you -- do yourself a favor and splurge on the real thing!


It rocks - smooth world beat and modern vibe
The album has a cool vibe ... kinda like a Tori Amos, Evanescence or a Loreena McKennitt feel, but RTS definitely stands out on their own. The album has a lot of diversity, and you can definitely get a clear idea for their particular style. The piano parts are great, and the vocals are pleasing and sweet. There is a lot to hear, with all the different sounds and instruments. And the cool thing I found from my friends that have bought it as well, is everyone has a favorite, different song. Definitely worth the purchase!


Fantastic from the start of the musical journey to the end
RTS's new album is wonderful! Lullaby is one that I play over and over, what a bonus that there is an unplugged version. Cargill is a wonderful lyrical muse!

Karene C.

Fun House is an album filled with beautifully composed, provocative, ethereal music, with textures like a richly woven tapestry, inviting the listener to experience a vivid and deeply soulful journey. The lyrics are intelligent and deep, inspiring thought-provoking introspection, resulting in songs which cause one to reminisce on a variety of life experiences and emotions. But the title track, the playful and elf-ish Fun House, is an example of their versatility, showing that they also have a fun side (which is also evidenced on the video). The band is comprised of artists who are each extremely talented in their own right, but it is the lead singer/pianist/keyboardist/composer, Chris Cargill, whose classical training and musical genius enables her to create compositions which are unique and intricate, complex and melodious, separating their music from the majority of performers we hear today. This entire album is nothing if not brilliant and an experience which should not be missed.

The Musician's Handbook: Bobby Borg

Loaded with Vibe and Great Musicianship
Light a candle, pour a glass of vine, and chill to this CD. It's loaded with vibe, tight musicianship, and great vocals. Alt rock in the style of Kate Bush and Tori Amos. Though based on the first two tracks, I'm unsure how well this would impact radio and whether there is a "hit song," but I don't think that's what their going after anyway. Overall, bravo. This is real music with real musicianship. 5 stars.

Carlos Zeisel

Mellow Tunes
This band out of LA is just killer. This CD captures the essence and idealism that is evident. They are on the verge of making it.


Although \"Lullaby\" is the song that makes my soul go \'ping,\' EVERY song on this CD is soulfully felt. The only thing disappointing about this CD is that it ends.
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