Sweet Soubrette's dark, edgy love songs feature the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker (recipient of four ASCAP Plus Awards for her songwriting), along with a talented backing band of bass, drums, piano, strings, and horns. Bisker honed her performance chops playing ukulele in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and the glittery eyelashes she wears onstage hint at her vaudevillean origins. Bisker’s songs explore troubled love and the mysteries of existence. She is also a regular participant in a literary songwriting series, the Bushwick Book Club, which has inspired a number of book-themed songs, including the title track of the band’s new album, Burning City (based on the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut).
Their third full-length album, Burning City, shows off the band's lush, rich arrangements of strings, horns, bass, drums, piano, and harmonies. Recorded in Brooklyn at the Old American Can Factory, the album's ten tracks were inspired by source material as varied as troubled love, works of literature, extreme weather events, and the promise of new romance, and they range from dark to transcendent, playful to spellbinding. Burning City's strong songwriting and powerful execution make this album Sweet Soubrette's best work to date.
Based in Brooklyn, Sweet Soubrette plays frequently in NYC, and have appeared in numerous festivals, including CMJ, the New York Uke Fest, the Berkshire Fringe, the Tinderbox Music Festival, the Ladybug Festival, the Paris Uke Fest, and Hudson Water Music. They have toured throughout the Northeastern U.S., Italy, and France. To celebrate the physical release of the album, Sweet Soubrette will be playing an album release party Sunday, November 24th at the Jalopy Theatre in NYC.
Burning City will be available in a limited physical release on November 24th, and digitally worldwide on January 21, 2014.