8½ Souvenirs, after 20+ years, will release their CD At The Movies, produced by Charlie Sexton, on January 11, 2022.
Order Now!! Be sure to get your copy from this first run before they sell out!! CD comes with a 10 page insert including all the song lyrics, photos and liner notes.
The music is a multilingual musical confluence of European cafe society, hot club, circus swing, and jazz with songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. They are heavily influenced by both jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt ("Souvenirs") and Nino Rota, composer of Federico Fellini's film 8 ½. At The Movies is their "IF we only get to make one more record, what do we want people to hear" album. It is a collection of songs the band has been playing weekly at their C-Boy's Heart & Soul residency since they reunited in 2014, and the album is as eclectic as the band.
At The Movies was recorded at Churchhouse Studios in Austin, TX, with David Boyle engineering. The album credits include Kathy Benayoun (executive producer, vocals, kazoo, claves), Olivier Giraud (guitar, vocals, writer, analog synth, whistling), Dan Walton (pianoforte, accordion, Hammond organ, analog synth), Todd Wulfmeyer (contrabass), and Robb Kidd (drums, percussion). Charlie also adds his Oud, Bouzouki, Mandocello, Guitar, and vocals on various tracks.
Kathy said, "I love every song on the album, and even though it's a cover, our French version of "The Way" by Fastball, "Le Way" is extra special to me. I've known Miles Zuniga since I was 18. When I was 23, Paul Minor asked me if this guy who just moved to Austin to play with Beaver Nelson could sleep on my couch for a while. That was Tony Scalzo. So when he texted me in January 2020, asking if I thought I could write the French lyrics to "The Way," there was ZERO hesitation!! I brought it to the band, and Olivier came up with the most beautiful lyrics. Tony met with us to teach us the song and give feedback on the musical direction. I am beyond happy that we made him and the band proud."