Wednesday, November 08, 2006


We know we haven't been saying much about the recording we did this summer, and the project we have been working on, but we wanted it to be a little more complete and settled before we filled you all in on the details. Well, it seems that now might be as good a time as any, the tracks are nearly complete, and all moves ahead nicely.

Last summer when we asked Chris Ewen ( Future Bible Heroes ) to help us with the music for out next CD, he readily agreed and we were readily excited. A few days later though, he called and asked us if we would be interested in helping him finish his solo project he had been working on first. All he needed, he said, was violins and vocals. We said, "Violins and Vocals? Honey we've got you covered like a cashmere blanket baby!" Then ,he said, we could begin the next Lorraine a' Malena project. Our answer was a resounding YES.

Ohhhhh. Time for ghostly notes floating on a cloud of sensuous bliss...

The project is called Hidden Variable. Chris has been putting music to some of the most beautiful lyrics ever written, by some of the world's finest writers...Writers like Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Shelley Jackson, Harvey Jacobs, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire, China MiEville, Lemony Snicket, Martha Soukup, and Peter Straub. The beat in some of the songs remind us of Depeche Mode. (Malena loves them)

We went to Boston this summer and Malena put down the vocals and Lorraine started the violins, soon Chris will come out for some serious violin recording (and dead of Winter experience) and we will be done. Chris is hoping to have Hidden Variable out before Spring, on a proper label of course, and for ourselves, we are in love with him and his genius. The three of us are musically besotted in fact.

So Hidden Variable is Chris Ewen, with Lorraine a' Malena, and the next Lorraine a' Malena, is now Lorraine a' Malena, with Chris Ewen.

This music, my dears, is sweet. Very, very sweet. The lyrics are..well, scary and soothing, beautiful and viscious. Sounds like someone we know! We listen to the rough mixes every day and we're not sick of them yet! Ahhhhh! We can't wait to share them with you. It will be a nice Valentines Present for all our LaMies.

Love and Hidden Variables,
Lorraine and Malena


At 2:51 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Woohoo! I was just wandering what was becoming of the Ewen collaborations. Hidden Variable sounds awesome! I can't wait to check it out.

I never would have thought the corset + denim combo would work, but apparently Malena can rock it.

At 11:55 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Ooh the excitment... the anticipation...oohh ooohh .. looking forward to it. Ever so very very much. Hidden Variable sounds delightful too.

Ooh... something to look forward to.

At 1:47 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So...if Chris Ewen, with La'M, is "Hidden Variable," will La'M, with Chris Ewen, be titled "Hidden Constant?" Or maybe that should be "Uncovered Constant." ;)

At 8:21 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

hig hopes for the HV...i miss my girls.
thinking baout a January fly-in to the MINN section of our earth.
what say you, my Queen of House?
gonna check dates, NOW.
are you in or out in early Jan?
wherefore art thou??
and tomorrow being the big day of our Boss', please let me know yon check total, lovely.
sorry to use this as email, but needs must.
you saw the whirling dervish at her job....(as i have seen you at yours!)

At 10:12 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Yes, Miss Kitty. We understand. Talk away. I don't think any of us mind.

BTW, I am getting in the LaMie gift mood again.
*hint-you can wear it!
I'll announce the winner soon.

At 10:27 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Not to worry Kitty, yr job is as hectic as mine....Come anytime in Jauary and stay as long as you can, how's that for an invite? The only place I would go would be LA, and I'll work around you being here....

We are beyond excited about this cd coming out!

At 2:01 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Got a call from Chris Ewen today, and he says that he is coming out here within the next couple of weeks to get the rest of my violin's done! Hurrah for that, this music is so wild creepy spooky hauntingly beautiful, it makes my heart happy.

Of course,, now we have to get off our butts and start writing for the next LaM cd which we start work on very soon....;

At 3:03 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

The third La'M album already in the planning stages while still finishing up the second.
::doing little happy dance::

At 7:34 AM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Yay! I love Chris's stuff. And I love your stuff. And when you're all together it just all gets that much better. Whee! So awesome. Can't wait to hear it all. :D

In other news: Malena, would you please tell your 8 legged friends to stop biting me in the night? 4 separate bites on my hand 2 nights ago (it's a nasty thing, waking up because your hand feels like it's very slightly on fire), and 3 more across my arms from last night. :/

At 7:59 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Wow. Sounds quite exciting. I can't wait for the release of hidden variable. that like the missing link? ;-)

At 4:27 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Mousey! I am sorry about your bites. I'll tell my little guys to stop eating the sweet one in San Fran!


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