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Professional Pretender (Enhanced)

by Riddle the Sphinx

The highly anticipated follow-up to "Fun House", RTS' "Professional Pretender" is a vibrant, stunning collection of bohemian world music with an alt-pop twist. The enhanced CD also includes an award-winning music video and 20-minute documentary on RTS.
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1. Hey You
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2. Professional Pretender
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3. Skies of Aleyeska
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4. One Man Band
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5. Master Plan
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6. I See You In Everyone
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7. Small Sacrifice
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8. Keep On Walking
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9. Good Enough
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10. Deception
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11. Within Reach
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RTS's highly anticipated follow-up to "Fun House" is a vibrant and beautiful collection of songs ranging from dreamy ballads to edgy pop and ethereal world percussion. Co-Produced by Christiane Cargill Kinney and David Peters, RTS assembled a stellar cast of guest musicians for Professional Pretender, including Larry Marciano (guitar) and Brooke Wilkes (additional vocals), and worked with the legendary Michael Vail Blum (Madonna/The Who/Pink Floyd), who mastered the project. The artwork masterfully captures the loneliness and heartbreak of certain songs, and the seduction and playfulness of others, emphasizing the "made-up" pretender, while the girls (Christiane and Burgundy) chose to be shot without make-up or gimmick. Once again incorporating bonus footage for the fans, the enhanced CD features an award-winning music video for the title track, along with a 20-minute documentary on the band RTS and the making of this album, filmed by resident award-winning filmmaker Sean Kinney (and Christiane's husband).


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 was noteworthy even to the LA Music Awards regarding what category to include them in for a nomination, before they decided upon “Best Adult Alternative Artist of the Year.” 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, Christiane Cargill Kinney. Lead singer, pianist, and songwriter for RTS, Christiane has been featured in Glamour Magazine’s 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. A fiery redhead classically trained in piano from age three, Christiane loves to try new things, such as scuba diving, indoor skydiving, hang-gliding, and firewalking, to name a few. So it’s no surprise that this 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 the likes of Air Supply, Mary Wells, and The Shirrelles, and has studied music in Africa, Brazil, India, and Bali. Rounding out the group is co-writer and bass guitarist, Burgundy Morgan, herself an multi-instrumentalist and accomplished musician who adds tasteful textures to compliment the band’s signature style. The fusion of Christo’s world music percussion, Christiane’s classically-trained piano and vocals, and Burgundy’s melodic bass lines blend together seamlessly to create the band’s distinctive sound.

Two of the members of the group (Kinney/Pellani) released a Celtic album that received three Grammy considerations on the 2008 Grammy Nomination Entry List. RTS' song, "Into Forever," was also included on the nomination entry list in the "Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group" category. RTS opened for the Young Dubliners, and has been asked to contribute numerous songs to film soundtracks.

Christiane recalls, “Some of our teenage fans have told me stories about their RTS CDs mysteriously ending up in their parent’s car CD players, and I was so flattered that our music seems to have a broad appeal.” With a fan base from eight to eighty years old, RTS has indeed captured the attention of music lovers across a spectrum of generations.



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Best RTS Album Yet!
What a great Enhanced CD! I love the band, and have seen them for many years on the LA indie scene. I have heard some of these songs live, but was still very impressed with the recorded versions. I like CDs that have the lyrics, & this one does. I also like it when bands take the time to put additional content on the CD. I bought the physical CD because I like seeing a band's artwork, and I like having any extra material from my favorite bands. The artwork is far more edgy and artistic than their past branding, a nice edge to the album's feel.
It did not disappoint at all.
The band has a unique style. They are similar to alternative rock, with world beat drums. They are hard to describe, but give the previews a listen and you will love them. Also, on this album they bust out an amazing theatrical song "Deception", that sounds like it should be on Broadway. These new songs are easier to sing along to, than the other prose type of songs on their older albums, but they didn't lose the lyrical flow with the music.
This CD has all the metadata programmed in. I expect a song's title to appear on my car stereo, and this CD was well produced and programmed. Even some of the majors skimp on this, but RTS did not.
Christiane's voice has a sweet mellow mesmerizing tone, that is very pleasant to get lost in. I read the new songs were inspired on Christiane and Burgundy's past relationships, but the songs were not what I expected; it is a solid album of a great selection of songs.
I hope this is their break-out album! They deserve it after so many years of giving solid performances to all their fans.
A must have.


Great album for piano lovers
Here I introduce you to Riddle The Sphinx, a north-american band formed by: Christiane Cargill Kinney (Lead singer and pianist), Burgundy Morgan (bass guitar) e Christo Pellani (drums / percussion). They've recently released their new album, Professional Pretender, and I've had several good listens to it. First thing: Christiane's voice is so beautiful and ethereal-like and I just love all melodies on this record! As you all know I am kind of a sucker for songs that are dominated by piano and this album has it on all tracks! My favourite tracks are Within Reach and I See You In Everyone. As the names reveal they are love songs and - to me - the most calm and melancholic tracks of the album. The title-track, Professional Pretender, has a cool rhythm and a catchy chorus. Definitely a great album for those piano lovers out there! Loved it! (as originally posted at http://www.caesarlivenloud.com/2012/03/introducing-riddle-sphinx.html)


Rich Textures and Innovative Sound
Riddle the Sphinx is an accomplished group of seasoned and formally trained musicians, inspired by a combination of world and classical music. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, with an evolutionary vibe. Their music has the same rich texture as a major motion picture soundtrack. The album consists of a combination of inspiring love songs and empowering “break-up songs,” embracing the complexities of the human heart. The band members bring an immense array of culture to their innovative sound.

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Well-arranged and superbly played
"Professional Pretender" is home to eleven well-crafted songs. Their piano/bass/percussion combination - topped with sweeping twin harmonies from the band's female vocalists - has a certain enchanting quality. The material is well arranged and superbly played. Christiane's lead voice commands attention with its effortless and breathy delivery. If you have a liking for piano based pop with a quasi-orchestral feel it's an album which ought to appeal.