The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
|The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger|
|Also known as||GOASTT|
|Origin||New York City, United States|
|Genres||Folk Music, avant-garde|
|Years active||2008 - present|
|Associated acts||Mark Ronson, Plastic Ono Band, Jordan Galland, Cibo Matto|
Charlotte Kemp Muhl
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger was formed in 2008 by musician Sean Lennon and his girlfriend, musician/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The name of the band is from a short story once written by Muhl. Kemp and Lennon met in 2004 at the Coachella Music Festival. In an interview with the UK publication The Daily Telegraph Lennon commented on their relationship: "Charlotte hadn’t even heard "Strawberry Fields Forever" when I met her," Lennon said. "And she knew nothing about my mum. Her parents thought I was just a delinquent, by virtue of association with the famous hippie delinquents. So it was nice because it was like a bridging of gaps and a collision of galaxies."
Both Lennon and Muhl are multi-instrumentalists. Among the instruments the band uses, are the guitar, drums, and also the bayan. Muhl, also a successful model, has been featured in Maybelline campaigns, as well as Jennifer Lopez's clothing brand J Lo. She commented in a recent interview that she uses funds from her modeling work to fund her musical endeavours.
In the Media
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger has received coverage in a variety of publications and online media, exploring the nature of their music, relationship and how the band connects to Lennon's musical heritage. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger appeared in a two-page spread in Vanity Fair, where they were photographed by famed French photographer Patrick Demarchelier. In the article Lennon described the musical relationship with Kemp as having parallels to the relationship between his father John Lennon and writing partner Paul McCartney, and said his writing relationship with Kemp is like "intellectual tennis".
In Italian Vogue, a reviewer described their sound as "soft and dreamy and evokes 60s French Pop and Folk Pops' Bohemian Gypsie atmosphere." For the fall 2010 issue of Purple, Lennon and Kemp recreated the iconic picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Rolling Stone in 1981. The picture of Kemp and Lennon was taken by photographer Terry Richardson. In Rolling Stone magazine, Lennon told interviewer Austin Scaggs about the musical dynamics of his relationship with Kemp, juxtaposed with that of John Lennon and Yoko Ono: "They were unified as a message and a movement, but she didn't want to write songs with my dad. ... [Kemp and I] love to collaborate. We just have a chemistry." They have also performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan.
Jardin Du Luxembourg
Grammy Award winning Record Producer Mark Ronson collaborated with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger to produce a CD in the Summer of 2010: "Jardin Du Luxembourg" Ronson said: "It's a 60s psych thing, quite Brazilian, with Sean and his girlfriend singing in unison."
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger's latest CD, Acoustic Sessions, was released in late October 2010 through their own label, Chimera Music, and was recorded in their own home studio.' Lennon told Spinner that it's supposed to convey to listeners the idea of hearing them alone in a living room: "It's almost rough sounding, but hopefully in a charming way. It's mostly acoustic guitar, some piano, some vibraphone."
Acoustic Sessions has been released to fairly positive reviews: In October 2010, the Canadian publication The Globe and Mail rated Acoustic Sessions its Disc of the Week: "The album charms like a countryside circus. You wonder if the Hendersons will all be there, late of Pablo Fanque’s fair – what a scene, you bet." In the November, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone a reviewer describes their sound as "sunny" and psychedelic, and gave it a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. A Reviewer for NPR had the following to say about Acoustic Sessions: "Listening to Acoustic Sessions is like stepping into a magical world where a smiling sun shines on fields of dancing flowers while winged creatures flit about in the fragrant air."
La Carotte Bleue
La Carotte Bleue was available at live shows and on their website. It featured a more electonic sound than their previous album, and included many re-workings of songs from Acoustic Sessions. Both tracks from the Jardin Du Luxembourg single were also included on this release.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger played for an after-party celebrating the opening of the independent film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009). Sean Lennon contributed the soundtrack to the movie.
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