Second Single Release for BIMM Graduate inspired by Movies and Gothic Horror
Irish singer and songwriter Rhesus Freak is delighted to announce the release of a new single and video on 1 June 2021. ‘Cabin in the Woods: A Band Called Paul Mix’ inspired by horror movies such as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead will be available on major digital platforms including Spotify and iTunes. The music video launches on YouTube, with a special preview via Zoom on Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 8pm.
The single is a remix of the artist’s first single, released in July 2020. The 2021 version “Cabin in the Woods: A Band Called Paul Mix” is produced, arranged and remixed by Irish musician and producer Paul McDonnell (a.k.a. A Band Called Paul), who also contributed live percussion and additional instrumentation.
The song combines Industrial Folk and Dark Country vibes with ambient electronica.
Rhesus Freak commented: “After a career in art public relations I took up songwriting late in life proving that age is no barrier to learning skills in the music industry. Following three years’ study at BIMM Dublin – and a steep learning curve – the amazing support and encouragement of the tutors there has been instrumental in allowing me to achieve artistic independence. My music is informed by dark stories built around atmospheric lyrics and moody guitar. I compose using a Martin LX1E and then record with an Ibanez RG Series. Lockdown was a huge driver in developing my sound. Building a home studio including a vocal booth and recording setup has allowed creative freedom to record in my own space and then work with a producer on the final mix. I have always loved Mark Ronson’s collaborations with artists like Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse. I was delighted to work with A Band Called Paul on this reimagining of my first release, taking it from country-folk to a more electronic aesthetic.”
A Band Called Paul added: “When I first heard “Cabin in the Woods” I was immediately struck by the quality and craftsmanship of the songwriting by Rhesus Freak. In my head, however, I heard the track being played out in a different style and with different instrumentation to the original – a new texturing that I believed would bring out an interesting musical tension between a sweetness of sound and the darkness of lyrics. I’m delighted that Rhesus Freak was open to letting me pull apart and rebuild the track and I believe the resulting remix is truly special. As a performing artist myself, I also found that wearing the producer’s hat while layering texture and mood to someone else’s core composition was a very liberating and creatively fulfilling process. I’m really looking forward to doing more production work with other artists in the future, including further collaborations with Rhesus Freak.”