Haberdashery sets Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

April 30, 2012 in News by TMC

Haberdashery sets Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” to music as an electronic curiosity

Haberdashery has just released his 19th single, an electropop adaptation of the timeless poem, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. The 18 stanza poem is sung in its entirety with a haunting musical construction that breaks the poem into three acts. Although the concept for this project has been gestating for over a decade, it was only after the release of his 5th album in 2011 that Stephen began recording the track. Two remixes, by lost robot (Israel) and markymix (Chicago, USA), round out this Creative Commons License release.

To commemorate the 167th anniversary of the poem’s first publication in 1845, a limited edition of 167 CDs were made for the release. The video for “The Raven” is set against a background Gustave Doré’s original illustrations for the poem. Cover painting by Beth Pearlman. Buy one of the limited edition CDs or MP3s at haberdasheryinfo.com.

Haberdashery (Stephen Pearlman) has been crafting synth-pop since 2004. Strongly influenced by Erasure and Björk, his productions are lush and incorporate multi-layered cinematic sounds with pop sensibilities. With an array of software and hardware, Stephen writes, arranges, and records all of his music. Haberdashery has released five full-length albums, 15 EPs, and 18 singles.Please download “The Raven” & EPK here

From Popjustice: “His sound is synthpop,” notes the chap who sent us an email about Haberdashery. “He’s 100% independent, vegetarian, gay, and spectacular.” ‘Stars’ is a loveably modest low key pop tune that reminds us a bit of Bright Light Bright Light and a quick flick through Haberdashery’s website throws up a few more nice surprises, too.

From Side-Line: The songs are polished, fresh and of course pop-like. “Tonight The Angels” is clearly influenced by some retro-synth-pop standards like on “Don’t Break My Heart”. But the best exponent from this release is the accomplished “You Save My Life”, which is a kind of ‘small’ hit.