Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná
Lady Pheres EP
12 Vinyl" EP Single,
Shrink Wrapped, Printed Innersleeve, Lyric Sheet. First 500 copies with Feather Inlay
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Lady Pheres is like the black pearl of Steve Morell´s upcoming album „The Life And Death Of
Jimmy Pheres And His Rise From The Underworld“. It is as seducing as a melody played by a music box over and over again, possibly somewhere deep beneath the surface of the earth. The dialogue between “The Boy In The Black Chelsea Boots” and Lady Pheres (Steve Morell & Monika Pokorna) - is captivating and fascinating. Together they dive into a vacuum of confessions and emotions. The romance of the two reflects itself in every line. Piano sounds, metal & glass percussions, violins, cellos, guitars, vibraphones, bass and chimes are purposefully used to create a dreamy atmosphere. This instrumentally incisive melody repeats itself hypnotically throughout this masterpiece.
Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná – Lady Pheres - Pre-Listen on Soundcloud
Mixing and mastering of the tune was done by Ragnar, a long time friend and musical companion of Morell. This cooperation resulted into a unique, orchestral and sometimes even monumental sound. Morell & Pokorna were also accompanied by artists such as EF Kriete (Goldfish), Andrew Unruh (Einstürzende Neubauten), Carolin Werren, Kevin Mooney (Adam & The Ants), Karen Weber and Valerie Renay (Noblesse Oblige). With a hint of pop and its avant-garde elements the song has the potential to turn into one of the most romantic singles in decades.
Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná – It´s been so long
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“Lady Pheres” is, after “Loneliness”, the second single release of Morell’s upcoming conceptual album, “The Life And Death Of Jimmy Pheres And His Rise From The Underworld“. “It’s Been So Long”, which will be published on “Lady Pheres” and can also be found on the album. The bonus track “Holding On” will only be available in 12”. For the digital release the original “Lady Pheres” was remixed by “The Handclap Situation”, “Electrosexual” and “DJ Vela” (Dangerous Drums).
If Tim Burton were in search of a love song, this would be the one for his new movie!
Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná – Holding On - Pre-Listen on Soundcloud
Steve Morell & Monika Pokorná - Lady Pheres (Original) - Official Video
Video Direction, Production, Editing by Goodtimes.
Goodtimes originates from Liverpool, England and has directed video's for the likes of The Coral, Ladytron, The Kaiserchiefs, The Go!team, Qtip, Norah Jones, Katzenjammer, Blumentopf, Reamon, The Zutons and many more. He currently resides in Berlin.
Steve Morell & Monika Pokorná - Lady Pheres (Album Version)
The Video is the second video of "Lady Pheres" it is about love, hurt and desire between a man and a woman. The characters are Steve Morell and Monica Pokorna. The Video is directed and photographed by Michaela Kühn and edited by Anika Mey. A short cut of this video was licensed to Paula Immich as a preview for her Spring/Summer 2011 collection and has been titled as "The Damaged". Check out Paula Immich at http://www.paulaimmich.de. The song was as well licensed on the famous compilation "Ich Bin Ein Berliner". This is the full version of the video which has not been shown before to a public audience
Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná - Lady Pheres
(DJ Vela's The Lady Smiles Vocal Remix)
The Video is a making of the photoshoot with the spanish avantgarde photographer Biel Moreno for Steve Morell and Monica Pokorna for their release of "Lady Pheres". The Video is directed, edited and photographed by Andrea García. Check out Biel Moreno website under http://www.bielmoreno.com.
Paula Immich - The Damaged – Lady Pheres - Fashion Licensing
Sneak Preview Clip of the PAULA IMMICH SS2011 collection. A Film by Michaela Kühn.
Song (Lady Pheres) and main characters: Steve Morell and Monika Pokorna.
Shoes by Kamaeleon and headpieces by Ena Macana.
Hair & Make-Up by Tan Vuong/Basics-Berlin
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Reviews / Quotes / Articles
(...) Steve Morell strikes back with a 2nd EP announcing the full length “The Life And Death Of Jimmy Pheres And His Rise From The Underworld”. The duo Steve Morell - Monica Pokorna got a helping hand from several contributors. The song “Lady Pheres” was already released on a compilation released in 2010. The “Original” mix opens this EP revealing a rather cabaret influenced love-song. The main accent of the song has been put on the vocals of the duo Morell – Pokorna. The moody piano parts accompany both lovers in a sensual trip. The EP is featuring different remixes (...) The “DJ Vela’s The Lady Smiles Vocal Remix” is featured on the regular (vinyl) edition and is again accentuating the kind of symbiosis between both protagonists. Among the 3 other remixes I especially want to mention the “DJ Vela The Lady Smiles Instrumental Remix”. It doesn’t really bring anything new, but after a few remixes the tune sounds recognizable and carrying. Among the other tracks, Morell and Pokorna again merge together in sensuality. I like the somewhat harder “Confusion”. It remains a kind of ballad driven by guitar riffs and a melodic lead on top. “Holding On” which is only featured as bonus track on the vinyl edition starts rather weird, but evolves in a progressive and exciting way. This song is featuring different influences, but in the end it all sounds pretty cohesive. I think it’s now time for the full length of Steve Morell which has already been in the pipeline for a while. Both EP’s are meant as appetizers and are rather convincing although I have a preference for “Lady Pheres”.
Stéphane Froidcoeur – Side-Line Magazine (BE) (side-line.com)
Click here read full review at Side-Line Magazine (BE)
(...) This EP is beautiful and convincing.
Further magnitude is added with a spot on choice of remixes. The Handclap Situation..., and Electrosexual (here untypically downtempo) add the icing. Nick and Kylie never sounded so good. Personal favourite: Dj Vela Mix.
Billie Ray Martin, Electronic Soul Legend (UK)
(…) What a fantastic EP !!!
BERLIN IS READY FOR THE BALLAD SINGLE OF THE YEAR !!!
Dussmann, Media Megastore (Berlin/DE)
(…) Tune of the week
Steve Morell & Monika Pokorná - Lady Pheres (Original)
antiTastemaker (antitastemaker.mskiteonline.com) (US)
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Lady Pheres Videopremiere at 24hourhate.com Magazine (DE)
(…) Nachdem die Single bereits am 25. Mai ihren Weg in die Plattenläden fand, erscheint nun das offizielle Video zum melancholischen und emotionsgeladenen Duett mit der Prager Tanz- und Performance-Künstlerin Monica Pokorná. Klirrende Gläser, hüpfende Klaviertasten, fliegende Seifenblasen und rote Lippen untermalen die Liebesgeschichte beider Sänger in einer verlassenen Gegend, die das Duett mit Farbe füllt. Ob grüne Wiese oder brachliegendes Industriegelände, mit ihren Stimmen und ihrer Performance erwecken sie die Bildfläche zum blühenden Leben. Dabei ziehen Romantik und Emotionen den Zuhörer mit hypnotisierender Wirkung in ihren Bann. (...) Zur ersten Single „Loneliness“ lieferte Alexander Hacke von den Einstürzenden Neubauten einen Remix. Mit Monica Pokorná führt Steve Morell seit 2009 eine Beziehung, arbeitete aber erstmalig in “Lady Phere” mit ihr zusammen.
24hourhate Magazine (DE) (24hourhate.com)
Read full review and watch video presentation at 24hourhate Magazine (DE)
(…) Sounds fantastic, amazing people involved. I am really looking forward to hear the final album, heard a number of the tracks of the album, sounds fantastic !!!
Sean McLusky – 1234 Promotions & Festival, Strongroom Alive Radio (London/UK)
(…) Steve Morell, has a new single out and it has worked its spell on me. Released as Steve Morell & Monika Pokorna there are four tracks: ‘Lady Pheres’, ‘It’s Been So Long’, ‘Confusion’ and ‘Holding On’. There are also a bunch of electronic remixes of ‘Lady Pheres’ completing an epic package. One gets a distinct Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin vibe of duetting lovers having had far too many cigarettes and late nights. These touching raw ballads with their lush orchestration and a later years Johnny Cash vibe are now whetting my appetite to hear the forthcoming album ‘The Life and Death of Jimmy Pheres and his Rise from the Underworld’. This will have collaborations with various members of Einstürzende Neubauten, Noblesse Oblige, Adam & The Ants, Warren Suicide and more. If David Lynch makes another ﬁlm this could well be a contender for the soundtrack. Lovers of smoky songs of angst, heartache and turmoil will adore this.
Mark Moore – QX Magazine (London, UK) (qxmagazine.com)
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(...) Steve Morell, DJ, musician and founder of label Pale Music just released Lady Pheres, the second single of his album "The Life And Death Of Jimmy Pheres And His Rise From The Undeworld". For the occasion, Monica Pokorna joins the artist for what is probably the most beautiful melody of 2012. Steve Morell has the voice of those who lived too much and too fast contrasting with Monica Pokorna's naive but brave tone. We love the romantism and the simplicity of the melody, the dialogue between both artists and the invitation to dream and love. (...) Lady Pheres should soon become an icon of the independent scene (whatever it means) so don't wait to become one of the first to discover it.
Antoine Parmentier, Viciousvitamins (UK/FR/DE)
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(...) really a fantastic single and a great video as well.
Already on the list of my "classic" track favourites.
Cave could not have done this one any better at any time.
Hope the promising new album can keep up to that level.
Eilert Behrends (Freelance Writer / International DJ / Fiebertanz)
(…) What a magnificent preannouncement!
This romantic duet between “Steve Morell”, Berlin´s jack of all trade and mastermind behind the label Pale Music Int., and his none the less charming girlfriend, “Monika Pokorna” is the most movingly ballad since “Stella Maris” from “Blixa Bargeld & Meret Becker”. The whole track sounds like a well-executed continuation of Nick Cave’s album “The Good Son”. Romance has finally returned, and that is a good thing, because if romance dies so will “Lady Pheres” – but only a few know what real love is – just like those two lovers do!
Femon Futura, Divamania – (www.femonfura.de) (DE)
(...) Two eerily beautiful ballads open up the new release of mastermind Steve Morell. With his muse Monica Pokorná, who vocally supports him on all his tracks, they always manage to put a spell on the listener! Especially the title track "Lady Pheres" leaves nothing to be desired, and is certainly on a par with duets such as Nick Cave / Kylie Minogue ("Where the wild roses grow") or Blixa Bargeld / Meret Becker "Stella Maris".
Lady Pheres on stahlmusik.de
Michael Krisang (stahlmusik.de) (DE)
(...) To get acquainted with its atmosphere, Steve Morell and his partner Monica Pokorna, bring to their audience four new tracks of which the title track is "Lady Pheres". The main track is a strong ballad characterised by the alternation of Steve Morell and Monica Pokorna who start to tell the story of Jimmy, the character of the album and his love relation with Lady Pheres, the one that will ease him from his pain On this one acoustic guitars, strings, xylophone and drums initially plays softly, like they don't want to disturb that magic feeling but then, in a crescendo, they underline the atmosphere. The second new track is "It's Been So Long" and it will be included on the album. This one is a bit more melancholic and with slow rhythm. I don't know if this one tells of the death of Lady Pheres (…) "Confusion" is a short intermezzo made of metallic percussions, vocals and brushed acoustic strings. "Holding On" is a song which is exclusive to the 12" and it's a good ballad with paced rhythms and post punk atmospheres (the distorted guitar inserts and the tribal rhythms make a nice effect). These are the original tunes and I liked them and they make me think that the album will be a good one. Now, we can talk about the remixes. On the vinyl we have one remix "Lady Pheres (DJ Vela's The Lady Smiles Vocal Remix)". Of the original tune it keeps the strings parts, some guitars, some vocals and the xylophone. It adds a bouncing retro drum machine sound and nice effects on vocals. It isn't a proper dance version but it sounds nice. On the digital version of the release, we have three other remixes of the track. "The Handclap Situation... Remix" is a minimal ambient one with strings, choruses which turns into a dub/drum and bass one after a while. The "Electrosexual Remix" is a sensual electro mid tempo where the main melodic parts (instruments and vocals) are used and alternated with the add of 4/4 hard beats. This is a good EP which sees Ragnar, EF Kriete (Goldfish), Andrew Unruh (Einsturzende Neubauten), Carolin Werren, Kevin Mooney (Adam & The Ants), Karen Weber and Valerie Renay (Noblesse Oblige) collaborating with the couple.
Maurizio Pustianaz (Chain D.L.K. Magazine) (IT)
Chain D.L.K. Magazine
(...) Lady Pheres (Electrosexual Remix) super schöner Berlin Sound
See full blog post here
(...) Lady Pheres (DJ Vela The Lady Smiles Vocal Remix)
Dieser super Song war heute mein Ohrwurm
See full blog post here
Andre Vogt (recordboxx.blogspot.de) (DE)
(...) How about to sit down, open a bottle of good red wine, relax and let your thoughts be dragged by the vacuum of confessions and emotions of imaginary characters? Well, that´s exactly what you have to do if you listen to the second single of Steve Morell´s upcoming conceptual Album. (...) Which means it’s complex and occasionally dissonant. The whole thing is introverted and certainly meaningful and entirely likable.
Read full blog review here
Yasmin Gate (killerrr.com) (UK/ES/DE)
(...) just like Serge and Jane!
Hanin Elias (DE)
(...) a blackly romantic anthem.
Manuele Scalia (Singer of The Three Blind Mice) (IT)
(…) Berlins highly romantic Underground is calling …
Ne La-Rocks (Blogspot)
(...) I just watched the video for Lady Pheres !
This is art ! It's beautiful and you are very moving in it !! Great job !!
Electrosexual (Producer, Artist, DJ) (FR)
(…) Lovely swagger from this modern Berlin classic!
Well done Steve and Monica !! Love it.
James Cook (Ex-IAMX, Nemo) (UK) about Lady Pheres video
(…) Thumbs up !
Stéphane Hervé (Singer, Dead Sexy Inc.) (FR)
(…) A beautiful song !
Valerie Renay (Noblesse Oblige) (UK/DE)
(…) I am over the moon. Its a brilliant album !!!
DJ Vela (Dangerous Drums) (UK/DE)
(...) Welche Bilder einem, und noch viel schlimmer welche musikalischen Ergüsse einem zu Ohren kommen, wenn man weiß, daß ein Labelchef mit seiner jungen und wunderschönen Freundin eine Platte aufgenommen hat, verfliegen nach den ersten Takten ... Steve Morell beschreibt Lady Pheres als "definetely the most romantic single in years".
I call it: I know now, where the wild roses grow in berlin.
Thomas Götz von Aust (Party, Event Manager (Camp etc.), Nightlife Icon (Berlin/DE)
Radio / Playlists / TV Features
Lady Pheres - Video Feature on Einstürzende Neubauten (DE) website
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Lady Pheres & Steve Morell in an Interview with MC Lücke at Radio1 Berlin (Berlin/DE)
for Summer Of Rebels at Rock´n Roll Radio, July 2012
Holding on & Lady Pheres (DJ Vela The Lady Smiles Vocal Remix)
at D|Sonoras Radio Show (Spain) & Podcast by Mario Esquetim.
Go on Blogsite for playlist & listen podcast of D|Sonoras radio show
It´s been so long at Lost in music (Radio1 Berlin) with Jürgen König
Watch Playlist of Lost in music (Radio1 Berlin) with Jürgen König here
Jürgen König Lost In Music (Radio1 Berlin) (Berlin/DE)
Strongroom Alive Radio (London/UK)
Interview feature by Sean McLusky on the 1234 Show + 2 Songs from EP
Click here to listen the show and for strongroom alive playlist
Flux.fm UKW Berlin 100,6, Stuttgart 97,2, Bremen 97,2
CW 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24-2012 – Alu Rotation
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Fast, Rewind & Forward (bln.fm)
Lady Pheres (DJ Vela´s the Lady Smiles Vocal Rmx) & DJ Vela Interview by Wolfgang Kerner
Listen full radio show here
Wolfgang Kerner (bln.fm) (Berlin/DE)
Matruschkas Teatime #19 (bln.fm)
Lady Pheres (DJ Vela’s The Lady Smiles remix)
Listen full radio show on demand here
Ann M. Cazal und DJ Vela (bln.fm) (Berlin/DE)
The Zero Hour #11 - New Taste For Haste (reboot.fm)
Steve Morell & Monica Pokorná - Lady Pheres (Original)
Listen & download full radio show for free here
Steve Morel (reboot.fm) (Berlin/DE)
Flux.fm Berlin, Stuttgart, Bremen (DE), Radio 1 (Berlin DE) Bln.fm (DE), Reboot,fm (DE), Radio Utopie (DE), Radio Panik 105.4 fm (FR), Strongroom Alive Radio (London/UK), Rock´n Roll Radio by MC Lücke at Radio1 (Berlin/DE), Lost in Music by Jürgen König at Radio1 (Berlin/DE), Radio D|Sonoras (ES)