2007 marks first chapter in the musical odyssey that is Beau Tand. Based in Washington, D.C., Beau Tand is the musical moniker for singer-songwriter (and former Eighteenth Street Lounge DJ) Carlton English. Two years in the making, the self-titled (and self-produced) debut CD by Beau Tand is a collection of songs with love and culture as it's lyrical playground and pop music used to connect the dots. Carlton English, a multi-instrumentalist, recorded Beau Tand in Washington, D.C. and Dublin, Ireland; his seamless vocals are reminiscent of David Bowie, Paul Weller, Scott Walker and Bryan Ferry. Even the cover art hints towards a forward-looking film noir. The musique on the new CD reflects many facets of songwriting and arranging that have inspired English; serving a sizable variety of musical styles (A mix of genres as diverse as glam, lounge, acid jazz, and electronica), yet, at the same time, fusing Beau Tand together into a unified set. Tracks like, Ready for De Mille and the Françoise Hardy inspired May 1968 set a mood of glamour and wit and become picture perfect alongside the introspection of And All the Times and the blatantly romantic Pretty, Maybe It's Now/Villebrumier or the anime series Noir influenced Olympic Style. Pop music is overrated for all the wrong reasons and under appreciated for all the wrong reasons, but Beau Tand's first CD gets the balance right. Beau Tand was released on the Washington, D.C. based label, Pinstripe.
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