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A Fine Frenzy Interview

A Fine Frenzy's debut album hits shelves July 17, 2007.
Courtesy of Virgin

By: Sindy

A Fine Frenzy is the stage name of Alison Sudol, a 22 year-old singer-songwriter from Los Angeles[/KWLINK]. Her piano-based songs are already getting rave reviews and her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, is about to hit shelves. While teetering on the edge of success, A Fine Frenzy took time out to chat with Kidzworld.

Sindy: So can you tell me about the upcoming album?
A Fine Frenzy: One Cell in the Sea is my debut album - my first ever! - and it's a collection of songs that I've been writing for the past two years. Some of them are nice little fairytales and some of them are songs about heartache and heartbreak and others are about being very happy. So they're all very different and there's something for every possible mood.

Sindy: How would you describe your sound to someone who's not familiar with it?
A Fine Frenzy: It's sort of like the soundtrack to a fairytale. It's a bit consumed with love stories and the lovesick.

Sindy: There seem to be a number of melodic female vocalists rising to fame right now - Feist and Cat Power for example. Do you think that's in reaction to anything?
A Fine Frenzy: I think that music comes in waves and there was kind of a hole for a while there. There was room for singer-songwriters who doing something that was more alternative and different, and now we seem to be rising at the same time and I think it's fantastic.

Sindy: So what sort of music did you listen to growing up?
A Fine Frenzy: I really listened to a lot of oldies. I didn't really listen to anything that was modern until I was 11 or 12. I grew up listening to a lot of classic jazz, and stuff like The Beatles, and old Motown stuff, and a lot of classical music. I just loved all of that.

Sindy: How about these days?
A Fine Frenzy: A lot more indie stuff. I love Bright Eyes - I absolutely love him. I love the Kings of Convenience. Sophia Coppola has the best music on her soundtracks! I've been listening to the Marie Antoinette soundtrack - and the Lost in Translation one was fantastic.

Sindy: Have you always wanted to be a performer?
A Fine Frenzy: I always wanted to be an artist of some sort and I was really shy growing up, so performing didn't really seem like a natural choice, but whenever I got on stage to do something I felt more comfortable than I did in real life. So I guess, in that way, I did always want to do something visually - something performing. When I started making music I knew that was it for me.

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