The Sweet Hurt, Mike Viola
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Los Angeles, CA, 90012
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When Inara George was five years old, she attended the wake of her father, musician Lowell George, the beating heart of the band Little Feat. Strangely enough, it was also her birthday. Hazy memories include a mountain of presents that engulfed the family grand piano, a piñata filled with treasures but somehow, she got stuck with the yucky sesame candy, and most of all, a heavy sense of the day that couldn't yet be articulated by her child mind.
As anyone who has lost a parent or a close loved one knows, the grief and the gratitude for a life that touched yours spreads out for years. Creates rivers of emotions running through families that must be navigated, side-stepped, sometimes drained. On Dearest Everybody, her latest solo album since 2009's Accidental Experimental, Inara (The Bird and the Bee, and the Living Sisters) mines that initial loss and others that friends and family have suffered, to find the sorrow, and sometimes the joy blooming in the rockiest of places.
Sometimes the line between joy and sorrow is hard to parse, as she sings on the opening song, "Young Adult," a tender, uplifting homage to the messy thrill of growing up. In "Release Me," Inara sings from her mother's perspective regarding the loss of Lowell. A few of the songs, including "Tusker 4," "Slow Dance" and "Take Me to Paris" stem from Inara's annual tradition of writing a song for a dear friend's baby who was lost in childbirth. The sweetly playful "All for All" was written for her producer Mike Andrews who told her of a funny misunderstanding between him and his elderly father in his last few days.
About three years ago, Inara set out to record the album on her own – between raising her three children and various projects but eventually she reached out to Andrews, her collaborator on all her solo albums, including breakthrough All Rise from 2005. The two recorded whenever their schedules yielded, and occasionally called in friends to play.
The hallmarks that are present in Inara's other projects, The Bird and the Bee (her collaboration with Grammy winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin) and the Living Sisters (with singers Alex Lilly, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark), are present here: soaring melodies, airy vocals that swing high and low, exquisite touches of keys and strings that never overwhelm, but the finished result is fully Inara. Dearest Everybody is her story, in music and in life – of taking the losses that formed her and strengthened her, and shining them out to the rest of the world.
The Sweet Hurt
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wendy Wang’s beautifully crafted melodies and lush sounds capture dreamy azure skies and bittersweet California sunsets. Wendy’s diverse original compositions have appeared in the movies "Man Up" (2015) and "Thoroughbreds", trailers for “Focus”, ”The Heat", "Olympus Has Fallen", "Free State Of Jones",
"The Meg", TV shows Girls, Crashing, Private Practice, Parenthood, The Returned, and many more on NBC, MTV, VH1, Bravo, E!, ESPN and Oxygen and national commercials for Coca-Cola, Honda, Machine Zone, Hankook, Lowes and Apartments.com. A talented guitarist, bassist, and pianist, Wendy has appeared in Big Little Lies, commercials for the Apple iPad 2 and Apple iLife ‘11, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Ellen Show, as well as performed at the O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall with the Foo Fighters, and Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall with The Bird & The Bee. In addition, she has played with the likes of Priscilla Ahn, Ry Cooder, M83, Cyndi Lauper, honeyhoney, Juliette Commagere, A Fine Frenzy, The Shoe, Matt Corby, Like (PacDiv), Mr Little Jeans, Florence + The Machine, Coco Morier, Night Things and Evan Voytas, mastered for Mocky, Joey Dosik, Nia Andrews, mixed for Nia Andrews, Big Phony, Gretchen Lieberum/Sargent, engineered for The Bird & The Bee, Inara George, produced for The Aces, Priscilla Ahn, Superfruit, Studio Ghibli, Big Phony, The Henry Clay People, NHK Japan, and Louie and worked with notable producers Greg Kurstin, Dan Wilson, Mocky, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Teddy Geiger, Mike Viola, Dan Long and many more. She is also the the frontwoman of The Sweet Hurt.