Video Premiere: Câlisse – “Stay”

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Câlisse‘s new music video for their song “Stay” (watch below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Farewell, Blacksheep, being released April 15th. You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

James of Câlisse comments:

“‘Stay,’ was written out of pure desperation and longing for someone, but not just one person. We all lose people. We all lose a feeling. I wrote a song to everyone who I wanted to stay in my life. I wrote ‘Stay’ by accident in drunken desperation to feel connected to the world and its’ people. I was just really missing someone and wanted to say so, but I  it was about more than one person. Catharsis works out okay sometimes.

The video ties in well with the friends, lovers, pilots, and toons. The idea is more about love than anything else. Kristina Colleen, a friend, offered to create this video. She had an understanding on the feeling of the song ‘Stay.’ We really enjoy collaborating with different local/regional artists. This time around, it worked much like the writing process for the song did. One person feels what they feel and another feels what they feel. Differences between two individuals are more often than not what actually brings us together, as long as we are willing to be honest about the feelings part, ya know?

With a tinge of somber longing for another, this song lends something to the listener; that one thing you needed to say while lacking the guts to explain yourself, this song is it. I found that cathartic releases of the subconscious are a fleeting moment that is important to capture hastily in a demo form. This one just happened to be in the right place at the right time. This band absolutely helped me to say what I needed to say… only better.”

Upcoming Shows:
April 23 – Eugene, OR at Black Forest
May 23 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir

Portland-based Calisse’s debut album Farewell Blacksheep is weird, absorbing, spellbinding, and beautiful. The flagship release for new label Almabrain Records, which comes out on April 2016, gloriously unveils arcane lyrical scripture within the apocalyptic sounds of James Collette and Morganfield Riley. At any moment, the songs are likely to merge vintage Southern Californian garage-pop, a dash of freakbeat, Texas lysergic threnody, and carefully woven vocals from a government-censored but counter culture-inspiring early 70s rock opera.

Huge canvas, swirling epics like “Amberwood Drive,” “Omnibrain,” and “Sometimes You Can’t Use Names” ride and roil on frantic drum beats in a dream life describing devils and resurrection, merging into the soft bed of a psychedelic brass band. At any point, a skronk blast might signal the apex of an evening spent inside the coolest cult in town, because they have the tightest, trippiest house band at any commune. Calisse is able to swing like mages and rock like docked mage wharf-rats, beckoning listeners into an odyssey welcoming all other misunderstood seekers.

Calisse began when James Collette and Morganfield Riley were introduced by a filmmaker friend and played the next Halloween. The two enlisted likeminded pals to cover Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” in loving tribute. That went so well that when Collette decided to record a solo project, Morganfield asked if he could produce one of the songs. The work inevitably expanded into more tracks and finally a full-length album under the moniker they had hastily chosen for their initial holiday show. Collette and Riley have differing musical aesthetics but share the same ambition in getting the world to hear their music.

Calisse includes Karen Moore (vocals, keyboards), Rob Iggulden (drums), Tim Riva (bass) and Chelsea Appel (vocals), although Tim Riva has recently been replaced by Kevin Hoffman. The album also became a sound collaboration with Jason Driver of Fur Vault PDX. The owner/engineer/producer moved to Portland after several years of working in a Los Angeles studio, drawn to Portland’s diverse and flourishing musical scene. At this time, the album was crushed out in an inspiration-drenched 48 hours, but finessed with months of devoted mixing and mastering. Meeting producer “J.D.” turned out to be more instrumental to the band than just his contributions at the mixing board; he was so drawn to the album and the work with Calisse that he asked to sign the band to his label, Almabrain.

Not a group to stop and smell the roses, Calisse has also begun work on its second LP. The band members would love to have you on board this party as well, and the welcoming vastness and expanse of their music wills it to be so on Farewell Blacksheep. Taste and see.

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