When you hear the lush, seductive vocals of Fran Kapelle of Trading Arcs, an edgy film noir starts rolling in your head. Classy Trip Hop beats, elaborate Jazz chords and deep upright basses sketch out the subtle exotica of a femme fatale. This British band is backed by the musical mastery of base player Terry Pack, who’s worked with The Enid, Johnny Marr, and other iconic UK and European Jazz artists. Highly regarded since the 90s, the Arcs appeared on the “best of” for Future Music magazine, and scored for art installations, The Loop Dance Co. and theatres in London and Milan.
Since the mid 90s, the Tracing Arcs have admirably mixed styles and genres with great success, including Miles' electric period, the fragility of David Sylvian, the adventures of Eno, Hassel and Brook, and the Jazz/Dub of John Martyn. The Arcs have headlined at numerous festivals like The Powerhaus, Create Festival, and have played support to bands like Olive and The Cranes. They’ve written music for theatre and contemporary dance at The Riverside Theatre and other theatres in London, SE England and Milan.
Vocalist and lyricist Fran Kapelle has worked as a session and backing singer with artists like Brian Kennedy, Ian Shaw, An Emotional Fish, Eddie Reader, Mary Coughlan, and Carol Grimes, and for the film “The Commitments.” Guest musician Terry Pack was previously a bass player with The Enid, and has done session work with many great Jazz artists.
Elegant and smooth ballad. Fine female vocals lead the way through an ensemble of upright bass, complex piano chords, lush strings, subtle tambourine and ride-cymbals in a calm atmosphere with a twist. Perfect for mature/romantic/psychological drama, cultural documentaries, reflective movie scenes. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Relaxed jazzy pop ballad with sophisticated production. A touching and charming female voice, fine acoustic guitars, discreet piano, subtle violins and a soft percussive beat. Like a mix of Massive Attack and Sade. Perfect for romantic drama, bar/lounge scenes, mature themes in movie or theatre. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Jazzy Trip-Hop track. From a mystical start it builds into a cool flow with real upright bass, a groovy beat, an intriguing female voice, lots of synth/piano/guitar details and catchy melodies. Great for corporate use, drama/crime/suspense/indie/mainstream movies, bar/lounge/fashion/urban scenes. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Trip-hop track with a jazzy edge. Air of suspense and tension. Complex electric piano harmonies, ride cymbals, upright bass, subtle synth pads and skillful hauting female vocals. Great for mature/romantic drama, crime/psychological thriller, film noir, arthouse films, title/opening/closing/credits. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Jazzy Trip-Hop in the vein of Portishead. Deep upright bass meets a striking female voice over a mix of synthy elements, electric piano, real drums and electronic percussion. Haunting and sombre atmosphere. Great for arthouse-type films, drama/suspense/crime movies, theatre or upscale advertising. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Calm Trip Hop track. Like a cross of Portishead and Massive Attack. Starts off sombre with deep bass, fine jazzy groove and soft female vocals and builds into a brighter, more lively chorus. Good for mature drama, romantic scenes, arthouse films, cultural/urban documentaries, upscale brands. Female Vocals, Hip Hop, Trip Hop
Smooth Trip-Hop/Lounge vocal track. Shiny production with fine electric pianos, enticing female voice, varied synth detail, warm pads, subtle percussion over a soft, laid back beat. Relaxing and positive. Great for romantic drama or comedy, bar/lounge/urban scenes, upscale drink/makeup commercial. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Sophisticated production, deep upright bass, subtle piano and strings plus a soft yet skilled female voice create an intimate atmosphere of contemplation in this slowly building jazzy song. Good for scenes depicting loneliness, reflection, introspection, heartbreak on movies, tv or theatre plays. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Ethereal, warm and jazzy. Slick production, calm female vocals and a subtle ensemble of a cool upright bass, reserved keyboards, lush strings and refined chords. Placid with an underlying tension. Works well with scenes of introspection or hunch in crime or arthouse movies and upscale advertising. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
From a slow and mystical start and a laid-back verse, this jazzy triphop vocal song keeps building into a lush and hopeful chorus. Excellent production, great female vocals and brassy fill-ins add to an overall mature pop-appeal that makes this one perfect for romantic drama and 25+ audiences. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Jazzy and sombre. Calm, close to the ear female voice, soft piano, distant brass, subtle acoustic guitars, deep upright bass and fine production create an intense, intimate, shadowy atmosphere. Perfect match for arthouse type films, introspective movie scenes, theatre plays and upscale advertising. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Lush, mature pop music with jazzy harmonies, crispy'n'fat trip-hop beats, strong female vocals with a solid presence and a positive vibe. Great for daytime radio as well as mainstream movies, romantic drama, love related formats or anything with women as a target group. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Solemn, sophisticated ambient sounds in the vein of Brian Eno with stirring string-sections interspersed and a touching female voice create an authentic and dense atmosphere of intimacy and melancholy in this mournful reflection on the death of a close friend. Female Vocals, Jazz, Nu Jazz
Moody and bittersweet, a realization that life is coming up short, love isn't what it should be. Romantic breakup, trying to figure it all out. Lost and lonely, recovering from some bad news or heartache. Scenes of transition, lost in drugs or alcohol, digging your way back, seeking salvation... Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Deep upright bass, jazzy chords, fine pizzicati, subtle string-sections, sophisticated production and an exciting female voice create an intimate, dense and mysterious atmosphere on this slowly progressing song. Perfect for romantic drama, contemplative scenes or use in mature arthouse-type films. Female Vocals, Jazz, Nu Jazz
Laid back, warm and loungey. Elaborate and slick production, cool and calm female vocals and an array of electric pianos, lush strings, jazzy chords and a smooth beat make this chilled out song great for corporate or spa use, upscale advertising and bar/lounge/love related scenes in movies or tv. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Full-sounding and massive production along with a thrilling and seductive female voice define this fat, intriguing trip-hop pop song. Conjures images of a bold, self-secure, tempting woman. Perfect for sexy heroine badgirl scene or title credits, an Indie or Hollywood movie. Lust desire seduction, Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music