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Big Celebrity

by Sweet Soubrette

Cabaret-inspired indie rock with dark, lush arrangements of strings, horns, & ukulele, featuring original songs inspired by works of literature and the mysteries of existence. "Elegant existentialist chamber pop" - New York Music Daily
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Ghost Ship
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2. Big Celebrity
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3. Night Owls
4:39 $0.99
4. Devil's Moon
4:43 $0.99
5. Oahu
4:04 $0.99
6. Wake up When
4:16 $0.99
7. Settle for Less
4:01 $0.99
8. Talk to Me
3:19 $0.99
9. Take It Easy
3:51 $0.99
10. Robber's Daughter
2:47 $0.99
11. Big Celebrity (Psy'Aviah Remix)
4:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brooklyn’s Sweet Soubrette is a ukulele-powered indie rock band with dark, poetic lyrics, songs that tell stories, and lush instrumentation. Sweet Soubrette’s edgy love songs explore troubled romance, works of literature, and the mysteries of existence, featuring the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker and a talented backing band, whose members include Heather Cole (violin), Lyndol Descant (keys/backing vox), Erin Rogers (sax/horn arrangements), Cecil Scheib (trombone), Bob Smith (bass), Darrell Smith (drums), and John Waters (trumpet). Past band members include Mike Dobson (drums) and Stacy Rock (keys/backing vox).

Bisker honed her performance chops playing ukulele in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and her onstage presence hints at her vaudevillean origins. The Deli Magazine calls Sweet Soubrette “One of New York’s most intriguing songwriting forces…rock star command and intelligently crafted music.” UK music blog From ‘DC to ZZ describes Sweet Soubrette as “the lovechild of Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer.”

Sweet Soubrette's debut album, Siren Song, produced by Tim Cohan of indie pop band Tryst, was released in 2008 as a solo project on indie label MH Records, and received positive reviews and high rotation on national U.S. college radio. Time Out NY described it as “at once sweet and sassy, celebrating reckless behavior with a charmed wink.” The Deli Magazine said it was “almost impossible to stop replaying in one’s head after hearing.”

In 2011 Sweet Soubrette released a second album produced by Cohan, Days and Nights, which featured the addition of Bisker’s new backing band on bass, drums, and violin. The record’s dark pop sensibility earned comparisons to Amanda Palmer and Regina Spektor. The Philadelphia Inquirer called Days and Nights “dark vaudeville-pop…sensational” and Worcester Magazine described it as “indie rock meets cabaret.”

In 2012 Sweet Soubrette began working with producer Don Godwin and released an EP, What’s My Desire, previewing two singles from the next full-length album: "What’s My Desire" and "Be My Man," with arrangements adding piano and a 3-piece horn section to the existing backing band. The title track earned extensive critical praise and was included on Wicked Local’s list of “22 Stellar Songs from 2012.” The playful, inventive music videos created for both tracks have gotten thousands of views since their release.

Sweet Soubrette’s third full-length album, Burning City, released in 2014, delivered on the promise of the What’s My Desire EP, showing off the band’s rich arrangements of strings, horns, bass, drums, piano, and harmonies. Burning City’s strong songwriting and powerful execution marked a new high water mark for Sweet Soubrette, earning international critical praise and high rotation on college radio across the U.S.

Big Celebrity takes the band's lush arrangements and applies them to songs that reach a new level of sophistication and maturity, taking on life's existential mysteries: the price of fame, the decision of whether or not to have children, the relationship between distance and intimacy, the difficulty of learning from experience, and the sweetness of staying up late. Several songs were inspired by books and literary works by authors Sarah Vowell, Cheryl Strayed, Margaret Atwood, and filmmaker John Waters.



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