Cherchez La Femme
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© ℗ 2012 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. A 2012 studio album release from Scott Cooley Records. Made in Michigan, United States Of America. Scott thanks: you. Scott Cooley – music & lyrics, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, production, performance of djembe, snare, hi-hat, congas, bongos, bhodran, shaker, hand clapping, tambourine, cowbell, washboard, marimba, harmonica, acoustic lap steel slide guitar, acoustic bass guitar, rhythm & lead acoustic guitar, background & lead vocals. Lenore Cooley (appearing courtesy of ShoeGirl Productions) – inspiration, accordion extraordinaire & co-producer on Cherchez La Femme & If I Had Time, keyboard on Forever In Shame & co-drawer w/ Scott of the pen & ink album cover art.
Medium Description: Cherchez La Femme is Scott Cooley's fifth album. It contains 13 new acoustic songs that are mostly rock, with a couple country and one Cajun/Zydeco song. The theme is one of love, relationships and women; and the sound includes acoustic guitars with minimal percussion and a little harmonica, marimba and slide with light background vocals and of course, the clear, warm, calming SC lead vocals.
Longer Description: Cherchez La Femme is the fifth full-length album release from Scott Cooley. It features songs ranging stylistically between acoustic pop, acoustic rock, folk rock, cajun/zydeco, old-timey, country rock, and ballads that tell unique stories of love and relationships from a man’s perspective about the fairer sex. The last song, however, is a tough tune that will tug at your heartstrings from a different perspective – that of a grandfather to a grandson. The emotions run the gamut from sadness to shame to remorse to lust to revenge to desperation to frustration to infatuation to love to happiness to joy. It has been suggested by many that if you want to find a root cause behind many of the problems men face, look for the women they associate with…such is life.
Additional Release Details:
Packaging Format: Full-length, long-playing record album from Amazon On Demand (Create Space) CD-R standard jewel case; Compact Disc (print on demand) CD-R, digital MP3 (in print edition)
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): $12.49 (compact disc) , $12.49 (MP3 album)
Price Rationale: competitive for independent, motivation to buy physical product
Home Market: Michigan
Export Distribution Availability: YES
Territory Restrictions: None
Digital Distribution Rights: Amazon (direct); Bandcamp (direct); Google Music (direct); iTunes, Spotify, etc. (via CD Baby)
Promo Track: (a complimentary mp3 available for marketing purposes) - Soundcloud, NoiseTrade, Reverb Nation, Bandcamp
Key Retail Stores: Amazon, iTunes, Google, Bandcamp, Rhapsody, eMusic, Spotify
Commercial & Professional Stock: Available for venue sales, web sales, press & radio
Quick Track-Specific Thoughts: Forever In Shame is a slow builder. I Did A Bad Thing is a catchy hand-clapper that is based on a true story. The title track is brilliant, thanks to Lenore's awesome accordion playing, and also features a mean washboard given to me by my mother-in-law. My Sweetheart, My Darling is a 3/4 time waltz that has an old-timey feel and the brush snare is cool. Too Close For Comfort has been described as one of the top 5 songs in my catalog. What About Me? has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi feel to it and is one where I really got into playing the marimba. Hot Sauce is hot rocker that celebrates what the title implies. She Got Even has a country flavor w/ cowbell, a mean bottleneck slide and is "loosely" based on a true story. Please Louise is a riff-based rocker with a sweet harmonica solo. With All Of My Heart might make you want to sing along, while You're So Beautiful might make you want to dance, even though it's a mid-tempo number. I can honestly say that No Reason Flowers has commercial radio hit potential. If I Had Time is a country song w/ Lenore's accordion and is probably the best song I've ever written, even though it is a very personal song.
Cherchez La Femme is the fifth album released by Scott Cooley, American acoustic rock artist. It was released on June 21st, 2012 on the independent label Scott Cooley Records.
Between this album and the last, Scott did not experience any important events that had an impact on this album that he can recall. He simply did what he always does, which was to write the songs, and then record them, and then release them.
Scott Cooley is the producer of this album. It was produced in East Lansing, Michigan at Scott Cooley Music Productions, which is Scott's home recording studio in a bedroom within the partially-finished basement of Scott's home. The amount of time it took to record was not measured, however, it probably took about one hour per song on average. Unique and outstanding recording techniques used during production included the fact that only acoustic instruments and microphones were used, and that very few digital effects were used. The cost of the recording was especially low. There were no particularly innovative uses of technology.
Release, promotion, marketing
It is notable that not only was this album not promoted or marketed in any way, but also it's release was not ever leaked on the internet. It was simply submitted for distribution, and then a few weeks later appeared for sale in digital retail stores.
Musical style, writing, composition
Summarized descriptions of each song are made available in the respective song subpages.
The process of creating visuals and branding for the album, including the album art, was a matter of Scott using a pen to draw on paper a picture of a detective looking for a woman, and then Lenore adding to it by drawing the woman and her dog. The scene is meant to depict a streetcorner in Paris, France.
Should any professional reviews by music journalists, reliable secondary sources such as books, or reputable articles that discuss the album be submitted to us, they will be referenced here and properly cited. Minority opinions, in addition to ways in which the album has affected the cultural consciousness of a society will also be included and listed here to further establish notability, if we are fortunate enough to receive them.
No accolades, prestigious awards, or recognition of any kind has been given to this album by any publications and associations that we are aware of.
The names of personnel involved with this album, and the forms of their participation are described below.
Lenore Cooley - accordion, keyboard, artwork
Lucky Cooley - spiritual guide
Scott Cooley - everything else