Friday, February 22, 2008

The halo of Haale

Haale released two EPs (Morning and Paratrooper) last year, so if her name sounds familiar that might be why. On the other hand, you could be scratching your head right now asking, "Who?" If that's the case, here's the 4-1-1 on her.

Haale (whose names means "the halo around the moon") currently resides in New York but is of Iranian descent. That part is important, because as you listen to No Ceiling, her debut full-length album, there are clearly some Persian influences that weave themselves in and out of the music, both in terms of instrumentation, as well as in the lyrics. As a counterpoint to this Middle Eastern influence, Haale also draws on her love of 60's psychedelia. "I felt there was a connection between the psychedelic rock music I was listening to and the Sufi music and poetry I was getting into."

Put those two very diverse musical heritages together and obviously you get some quite different. Something that begs to be listened to and appreciated. The album doesn't come out until March 18th, but check out the following two songs to get a feel for the unique sound Haale produces.

Haale - Middle of Fire : No Ceiling

Haale - Off Duty Fortune Teller : No Ceiling

and a track from last year

Haale - Morning : Morning EP

Visit her website, her label , and become her friend on MySpace.

Tour Dates

March 13 SXSW Showcase Austin TX
March 15 Low Key Arts Building Hot Springs AK
March 19 Univ. of North Carolina ~ Memorial Hall Chapel Hill NC
March 20 IOTA Café Arlington VA
March 21 Tin Angel Philadelphia PA
March 22 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Brooklyn NY
March 23 Drom New York NY
March 26 Brubaker Auditorium – Messiah College Grantham PA
March 28 Beachland Tavern Cleveland OH
March 29 Kinetic Playground Chicago IL
March 30 Highdive Champaign IL
April 01 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
April 02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
April 03 The Pike Room Detroit MI
April 04 Lula Lounge Toronto ON
April 05 Bellows Falls Opera House Bellows Falls VT
April 06 The Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
April 11 The Tralf Buffalo NY
April 12 Cornell University – Risley Hall Ithaca NY
June 12 Flushing Town Hall Flushing NY

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