With her new album on the way, Theresa Andersson took to the streets of her New Orleans yesterday to march with the all-female Krewe Of Muses for Mardi Gras. Backed by the dancing Muses and a 40-piece band of singers, drummers and horn players, Theresa debuted music from her upcoming album Street Parade, due out April 24.
The New Orleans by way of Scandinavia soul singer rode into the festivities atop a giant bird float designed by sculptor Jacques Dufforc and renowned puppeteer Arthur Mintz, the mastermind behind the award-winning film Fantastic Mr. Fox. Check out a clip of Theresa and the Muses performing “Fiya’s Gone,” a new track from Street Parade,
Kicking things off alongside Theresa, Patricia Clarkson, the NOLA-born actress of "Shutter Island" and "Pieces of April," rode in Muses. She was positioned aboard a red fiber-optic-lit float shaped like a high-heeled shoe and ceremoniously handed out high heels decorated with beads and feathers. Among the many dazzled spectators, Mardi Gras legend Blaine Kern was most impressed with the spectacle. Kern, who called Theresa’s performance “the most original thing I’ve seen in a long time,” has designed floats for the parade since 1947 and has earned the honorary title of “Mister Mardi Gras”. Theresa commented, “Our first parade experience with last night’s Muses was a dream come true. Everyone working on our section of the parade did a tremendous job, working around the clock to get us ready. I am really proud to be in such great company.”
Street Parade is due out April 24th and pays homage the city she now calls home. Theresa’s goal was to capture the spirit of life in New Orleans; sometimes joyful and sometimes somber. Listen to “What Comes Next (Ft. Peter Moren) HERE. You can also get a free download of the album’s title track from Street Parade at TheresaAndersson.com.
" …her range and strength are that of a soul belter’s, though her tone comes closer to the ingenues of classic pop like Feist and Lykke Li."
– Los Angeles Times, Ann Powers
" …blends Scandinavian pop smarts with the sort of lively, brassy energy that belies the record’s title."
“…she draws from many muses at once, and the result sounds like a one-woman wonder.”