Heloise and the Savoir Faire
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|Heloise and the Savoir Faire|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Indie pop, pop, electropop,|
|Labels||Simian Records/ K.O.P.I.O/ Yep Roc|
|Associated acts||Shy Child, Opti-Grab, Blondie, Toothache, Tearist|
|Past members||Jason Cooley
Sara Sweet Rabidoux
The electro-pop pioneer, singer and performance artist Heloise & The Savoir Faire has built a career out of mapping new sonic topography, pushing out through the territories of funk, dance-pop and R&B with her powerful pipes, as on her first official release 2008′s Trash, Rats and Microphones. Heloise Williams’ debut bottled all the energy and panache that made her a critical darling and certified dance-floor napalm, garnering a record deal with Elijah Wood's Simian Records and a fan and collaborator in punk-wave OG Debbie Harry. Started as an electro-punk outfit based in Brooklyn, New York, Heloise Williams collaborated with Joe "Juge" Shepard and then Sara Sweet Rabidoux to create one of a kind, theatrical, pop-art performance pieces utilizing choreographed dance and multiple costume changes all to original raw electronic music. In the summer of 2004, Heloise began experimenting with a backup band on a few songs. The original three band members were James Bellizia (guitar), Jason Cooley (bass), and Luke Hughett (drums). Jason Diamond replaced Jason Cooley who left the band in 2005.
The current touring lineup features Heloise Williams and James Bellizia who are a married couple. They relocated to Vermont in 2010 where Heloise wrote the majority of her sophomore release "Diamond Dust." Released March 26, 2013, "Diamond Dust" represents all the same energy of "Trash, Rats and Microphones" while plumbing brand new emotional depths. Burnished by anxiety and gilded in certainty, Williams’ latest is the sum of lab experiments, self-imposed northern exiles and mythology. The new album’s DNA owes as much to C.S. Lewis as it does Janet Jackson.
Deborah Harry provided vocals on the track Downtown off "Trash, Rats and Microphones" album. Heloise worked with Shy Child's Pete Cafarella in writing/ producing on her second record "Diamond Dust." Alexandria Hall of Toothache and Heloise started a side project Slow Oceans in the fall of 2012. She is now working on a collaboration with Los Angeles-based musician and actress Yasmine Kittles of Tearist.
Record Label Signing
"Trash, Rats & Microphones" was released in the U.S. on April 29, 2008 and in the U.K. in June 2008. Heloise and dancers performed on the Graham Norton Show February 2007. The full band also performed on The Friday Night Project on 11 April 2008 when Elijah Wood was guest-hosting. Heloise's sophomore LP "Diamond Dust" was released in the U.S. on March 26, 2013 on Wood's Simian Records in collaboration with K.O.P.I.O records.