Stream: Herbert Bail Orchestra, ‘You Are Beautiful’
Gypsy folk band Herbert Bail Orchestra has a go-big-or-go-home attitude. From theatrical live shows, coordinated old-time outfits, and a speakeasy-inspired sound, nothing they do is understated. The band’s new single “You Are Beautiful” has it all. Its train-shuffling rhythm blooms and sprawls into an orchestral landscape pulled to crescendo with horns, accordion, keys, strings, and leader/singer Anthony Frattolillo emphatically repeating the words, “You know that you are beautiful …” The song was conceived a few years ago spontaneously during an epic 20-minute jam session at the Lightning In A Bottle music festival. It was 3 a.m. and the song came to life with improvised lyrics. While the tightly produced studio version has all its pieces in the right place, the simple, repeated lyrics encapsulate an immediacy in the song’s creation. The new song is the first we’ve heard Herbert Bail Orchestra since February, when the band debuted an epic 12-minute music video for “The Nature Of Things,” from its 2013 album “The Future’s in the Past.” Since the scruffy dog in the video resembles my dog, the video is particularly upsetting, but nevertheless a good-looking piece of work, well-shot and colored in bleak vintage desert tones. It came from the mind of award-winning German director Björn Rühmann, who is You Tube-famously known for an awesome commercial about wind. Back when “The Nature Of Things” video came out, it was announced as the first of a video trilogy collaboration with Rühmann. We look forward to seeing what follows, but please, no more dog-centered tragedies.
Herbert Bail Orchestra is a fusion of past and present, frontier and adventure, psyche and soul. Full sounds and powerful live performances pull listeners into their timeless dimension. With 6 core members and several guest musicians, they are truly an orchestral experience. In my exclusive interview with Anthony Frattolillo, singer-songwriter and guitarist of Herbert Bail Orchestra, I discover the band's spirit animal, story, inception, upcoming ambitions and much more.
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phYne Music & Bridge Family Records presents
***THE WILDS OF THE WEST SPRING TOUR***
with The Herbert Bail Orchestra & Lantz Lazwell & The Vibe Tribe
MAY 22-24, LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
MAY 27, WEDNESDAY at ZODIACS
MAY 28, THURSDAY at HAVEN
NEVADA CITY, CA
MAY 29, FRIDAY at STUDIO ON 4TH
MAY 30, SATURDAY at LOST ON MAIN
JUNE 5, FRIDAY at BOOM BOOM ROOM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
JUNE 6, SATURDAY at SUBZERO FEST
SAN JOSE, CA
Herbert Bail Orchestra's New Song "You Are Beautiful" Has Roots at Lightning in a Bottle
It might seem odd that an Americana folk tribe like Herbert Bail Orchestra owes the birth of their latest single to a festival known for new-agey, electronic music. But it wasn't until their first appearance at Lightning in a Bottle a few years ago when the band says the song "You Are Beautiful" really came to life. They were playing dead last on the bill at of the lounge stages, joining in a sweaty, 20-minute jam session that didn't stop until around 3:30 a.m. As they rumbled through the chugging train beat and triumphant three-chord progression, frontman Anthony Frattolillo, improvised and shouted lyrics that would eventually solidify the song. They played for so long, they almost outlasted the festival.
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The Nature of Things: Part I of a Music Video Trilogy
"A moving story that you’ll remember for a long time. Take 12 min to unplug from everything else, put your headphones on, set the video to full screen and get lost.” - C.C. The Eargazm
Featured in 'Ones To Watch' Shots & Creativity Magazine
“Powerful, emotive” - Rob Munday Short of the Week 2015
‘The Herbert Bail Orchestra journey into the American psyche’ - Rebecca Guinness, Nowness
“The Nature of Things” is the first in a music video trilogy from the Herbert Bail Orchestra, which in part and whole, conjure the malady of our American psyche. Award-winning director Björn Rühmann, co-creator Kerstin Rühmann and songwriter/composer Anthony Frattolillo and The Herbert Bail Orchestra, offer three enigmatic mood pieces in a style of storytelling that challenges the traditional form.
Within each video, a series of broken characters face the drama of alienation and existential despair over the course of a single day.
Part I, “The Nature of Things,” explores one man’s disconnected emotional life- living alone in a trailer in the middle of the desert with his dog. And when his dog, the last thing he is emotionally connected to, is endangered, his very existence is threatened. For many it creates a feeling of discomfort, as we follow this man's experience of isolation through a barren landscape.
The score to the drama, Herbert Bail’s modern Americana folk ballad “The Nature of Things,” is our emotional umbilical cord throughout the film, representing our relentless spirit and perseverance. The song and video remind us that connection is a vital life force, and when you lose what you are most genuinely connected to, it can impact your own life. Longing, romanticism, our myths, our beliefs, and faith in the American dream are all that remain.
Part I, set in the emptiness of the South Western desert, explores a man’s disconnected emotional life - living alone in a trailer in the desert with his dog. And how when his dog, the only thing he’s emotionally connected to, is threatened, his very existence is endangered. Creating an experience of discomfort and horror for the audience. While the score to the drama, Herbert Bail’s modern Americana folk ballad, and our emotional umbilical chord through the film, reminds us why it all matters. That our longing, romanticism, and faith in the American dream, that our myths, our beliefs, are what remain.
For Carhartt's 125th Anniversary they made a beer with a local Michigan micro-brew New Holland Brewery, and traveled across the Mid-west to share the beer with the craftsmen who are rebuilding America. Herbert Bail's own, Anthony Frattolillo went on the road with them and directed and scored this video for Carhartt to celebrate their 125th Anniversary. If you dig true craftsmanship- check out this awesome short film profiling some incredible American craftsmen. Including Herbert's own Colin Warling of Warling Guitars.