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Sarah Rabdau and Self-employed Assassins

by Sarah Rabdau and Self-employed Assassins

Alternative Pop with a Classical Swagger. Making stories of internally torn assassins, porn loving daddies, and quadragenarians that need to Rock seem universal.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crushing
3:46 $0.99
2. Autumn Spills
4:04 $0.99
3. Queen of the Castle
3:43 $0.99
4. Boxing Helena
3:03 $0.99
5. Riots and Revolutions
3:14 $0.99
6. Weekend
4:29 $0.99
7. San Francisco
3:26 $0.99
8. Jackie
3:03 $0.99
9. Pillar of Tears
4:15 $0.99
10. Man Child
5:05 $0.99
11. Stop Calling
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12. Self-employed Assassin
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With piano that glitters and smolders, and vocals that seethe and soar, Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins’ songs are a wish list of things we should have said. “You should have loved me,” the heroine laments to her lover/victim in the band’s namesake ballad, \'Self-Employed Assassin\'. In the delightfully nasty \'Crushing\', a rising starlet is rebuked for her ruthless ambition: “I hope all the people that you stepped on didn’t stain your dress.”

Rabdau warbles, whispers and wails these quips with a voice that most closely resembles that of Bjork or Elizabeth Frasier of the Cocteau Twins. Rabdau’s piano pounds and cascades, drawing equally from Erik Satie and Phil Spector, with unapologetic nods to the usual girl-at-piano influences. Drummer Matt Graber (Mascara, ex-Caged Heat) demurs, bolsters and punctuates, always keeping the melody in the forefront.

Self-Employed Assassins formed in 2005, as Rabdau was forging a new direction in the aftermath of her well-received William Orbit-influenced release, “Benevolent Apollo.” Graber, then living in Israel, discovered Rabdau’s music on the internet. “It was so strange to have a drummer contact me,” says Rabdau. “Most of them avoid me like the black death because I’m not rock enough for them.”

Immediately upon Graber’s return to Boston, the two “hit it off like brother and sister,” says Rabdau. On stage, this connection is palpable. Watching Rabdau and Graber perform feels like you’re intercepting a note passed in study hall.

After two years of developing the songs live, Self-Employed Assassins set to work on an album, with Peter Moore (Count Zero, Think Tree, Blue Man Group) producing. The album mostly features the duo unadorned, occasionally embellished by a string quartet and guitar that call to mind This Mortal Coil.

Collectively, the album’s songs seem to depict a 21st century Emily Dickinson, emerging from her seclusion to find herself both exhilarated and terrified to be experiencing life first-hand. Hyperbolic figures are often called upon to illustrate the magnitude of her internal strife—a rejected lover so bitter that she becomes an assassin, or a girlfriend so oppressed that she feels like the imprisoned quadruple amputee in the 1993 film \'Boxing Helena\'.

Self-Employed Assassins also offer upbeat gems such as \'Jackie\', a tribute to a quadragenarian rocker who, in full E-Street Band glory, finally gets his due. Autumn Spills evokes the first breath of a fresh new season, where anything seems possible and the narrator deliberates on whether a wayward romance can, or should, be reclaimed.

Carving out a niche that transcends scenes and sub-genres, Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins have shared bills with Nicole Atkins and the Sea, Winterpills, and HUMANWINE. The band now looks forward to supporting the album, bringing its energetic live show to dark halls throughout the United States and beyond.

Not a day too soon—there are too many things that have gone unsaid.



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Self-Employed Assassins
"My heart's filled with chocolates so rich, I'll melt for anything". Sums it up for me. Sara RabDau has put so much passion into this album it will satisfy all of your vocal and instrumental cravings.

Sheri Brown

Sarah RabDAU is not for the feint of heart. Her compositions will lure you in with light and air but just as quickly will explode with passion and drama and you will find yourself hitting the repeat button often. Her songs are rich with
lyrics that stick and you feel you (almost) could have written them. You might find yourself walking into work singing, "My heart's filled with chocolate so rich I melt for anything...", an, "You've got my guilt wrapped around your finger..." I've been waiting for this second album for a long time and it does not disappoint.

Jane Doe

Beautiful Voice, Beautiful Music
I wish I could write a music review well enough to describe how much I'm enjoying listening to this CD, but I'm sure I can't do this young singer the justice she deserves. She has a lovely voice and through her music, she will tell you stories that will make you want to cheer on track 3's "Queen of the Castle" (you go, girl!) and empathize with a "Self Employed Assassin" on track 12. I highly recommend this CD.

Tim R

Best album of 2008
I love this record. It is easily the best record of 2008.