Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas – Halos ´Round The Moon (2014/2019) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas – Halos ´Round The Moon (2014/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:00 minutes | 535 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Stockfisch Records

The singer/songwriter duo who bewitches us with the rule of three: their roots: Belgian, Greek and Australian, their music – akin to the Chinese symbol for listening which is made up of three symbols: head, ear and heart – holds delights for each. To the head: almost inevitable, given their international cultural background, that their art addresses the state of the world as a poetic whole. The ear picks up on the hymnic refrain “Aheyla” of the opening track as akin to hallelujah, and catches on the lyrics, “…when poets are priests …”; and what comes as a surprise to the listener’s ear: the deliciously buoyant, dreamlike quality of the melodies accompanying even lyrics with more serious and reflective themes.

It remains to the heart to recognize just what it is that makes these two exceptional artists cosmopolitan in the truly authentic sense – an influence more powerful even than the richness of their cultural roots: namely the eponymous HALOS ‘ROUND THE MOON. “Halo” can refer to the luminous circle surrounding the moon, but also the radiance traditionally depicted in art as the halo of a saint. The music of Carl and Parissa bears witness to how music can be an opposite pole to facets of human life such as death, sadness, loss and transitoriness – harmony with nature being the prerequisite.

Through music, our human world – like its satellite – is not merely a bleak wasteland: it can also sometimes be a place of light, “When music is nectar the melody pure”: This music is a jewel, and an equal delight to head, ear and heart.


01. Aheyla – I Rejoice
02. Sad Eyes
03. The House Is Empty
04. Four Extraordinary Days
05. Your Lesson To Me
06. Dear Melanie
07. You Inspire Love
08. Halos ´Round The Moon
09. Leaving Byron Bay
10. Nothing´s Gonna Last Forever
11. All Alone
12. The Full Force Of The Wind


Parissa Bouas, vocal, guitar
Carl Cleves, vocal, guitar
Ian Melrose, guitars, flute
Ulrike Dangendorf, accordion
Lucile Chaubard, violoncello
Heiko Ahrens, guitar
Lea Morris, backing vocals
Beo Brockhausen, soprano saxophone, percussion
Alessandro Gulino, electric bass
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, fretless bass