Significantly next to her solo musical trials and triumphs, Chantal makes appearances and collaborates with various artists and groups like the very splendid Isbells, True Bypass and Marble Sounds. These relationships have made their influence clear in her work and over time they have smoothed and helped Chantal create an artistic identity that’s entirely hers. Take her groundbreaking album from 2013 «Let Your Hands Be My Guide» which features the inventive producer and pianist Nils Frahm, the much in-demand multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick (Efterklang), the wonderful cellist Gyda Valtysdottir and the exceptional Shazad Ismaily on e-bass who’s worked with Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Bonnie Prince Billy. Illustrious guests like Valgeir Sigurdsson, Heather Woods Broderick, Niels Van Heertum and Eric Thielemans enriched the album further with their contributions. The result was a consistent and firm step ahead in the direction of greater musical freedom and the exploration of power by remaining open and vulnerable.
Case in point was her next work «The Sparkle In Her Flaws» from last year. It was recorded at «The Sparkle» studio in Pacific City, Oregon and it welcomed back the same supporting players that were participating on the 2013 album. There, the magical natural setting and the vulnerability of it became an intense inspiration for lyrics and sound. Recorded live it thrives with great honesty and distinguishes itself by celebrating the fleeting moments in time. In fact, natural small flaws became an expression of unexpected brilliance.
Early in her career, Chantal Acda sailed under the ominous moniker Sleepingdog. A very benign name for what was to happen afterwards. We’re happy to report that fine and playful animal has more than woken up.