Los Angeles, CA (April 3, 2012) Singer-songwriter CHANTAL CLARET offers an exclusive preview of her upcoming EP, The Pleasure Seeker. The sampler features four songs co-written and co-produced by Chantal and Rob Kleiner (David Guetta, Cee-Lo) and mixed by Mark “Exit” Goodchild (Erykah Badu, Outkast), the same team that worked on Chantal’s highly anticipated full-length solo debut The One, The Only. . . , in stores June 19th. Both Chantal’s EP and album are being released through The End Records.
Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, both discs see Chantal putting a modern twist on early ’60s femme-pop. She introduces the disc with a thick-grooved lead single, “Bite Your Tongue,” which RCRDLBL.com described as a “soulful, bluesy pop number that should be a hit with fans of singers like Adele and Lily Allen.”
“When people ask what the music sounds like, I say, imagine Tina Turner fronting Outkast at Bette Midler’s bat mitzvah,” says Chantal. “I wanted songs that sound like they could’ve been written in the ’60s or ’70s, but with a big fat hip-hop-like low end. Luckily for me, a lot of amazing people came together to help me pull it off–not because they were looking for a payday, but because they believed in my music and that means everything to me.”
That includes Exit, who Chantal tracked down at the urging of friend and songwriter Mher Fillian, who also contributed to the album. “I’d been trying to find the right mixer and had been sending people a reference mix of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley to give them an idea of what I was looking for,” says Chantal. “Ironically, Exit’s credits included a ton of Gnarls Barkley & every major hip-hop artist, so he was PERFECT. There was an email address on his website, so I sent a note to his manager. They responded pretty quickly, saying he was busy and probably unavailable, but that I should send some music regardless. Hours later, I got another email saying Exit loved the songs and wanted to mix the record. I was so excited. He gave the songs the oomph they needed, making them sound big and clean while keeping their edge.”
Fans around the world know Chantal for her work with acclaimed pop rock band Morningwood, whose “catchier than Chlamydia hooks” (as described by Rolling Stone), led to sold-out tours around the world, countless film and television song placements, a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, numerous performances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and being spotlighted by VH1 as a “You Oughta Know” artist.
“I’m really proud of everything Morningwood did,” she says. “But that was a collaboration of personalities, whereas this record is all me. Before even writing the first note, I knew what I wanted this record to sound and feel like. When it comes to music, I’ve never had that kind of clarity before, so it was nice to bring it to fruition. I’m beyond excited to play these songs live. I want to bring the energy and spontaneity of a rock show to a soul revival show. And most importantly, I know a bunch of dance moves that I can finally put to use.”