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Blue Tofu is equal parts steamy down
tempo grooves, swirling electronica and lounge-pop hooks, blended with a sultry
dash of tasty vocals and crisp lyrics. Tim Story supplies the beats, loops and
keyboards, while Andrea Mathews stirs in her seductive vocals and lyrics. The
duo combines compelling song writing with a unique, organic approach to texture
and atmosphere, creating an intoxicating sound that Keyboard Magazine says
Tim Story, multi-instrumentalist, co-writer and producer of
Blue Tofu, is already widely known for his
innovative electro-acoustic music. Story was nominated in 1989 for a Grammy
award; and in 1992, his "Beguiled" CD was nominated for a NAIRD "Best Album of
the Year" Award. Story's highly-acclaimed instrumental music has consistently
landed in critic's "top 10" lists in the Washington Post, Jazziz, Pulse Magazine
Blue Tofu's lyricist and vocalist, Andrea
Mathews brings a vivid originality to her lyrics, and a smoky after-hours
jazz lounge groove to her vocals. Barely into her twenties, Mathews already
has a range and edge beyond her years. Her voice, at times haunting and
hushed, at others powerful and razor-sharp, is the perfect foil for Story's
exotic hooks and edgy ballads.
Formed in 1996, the duo spent 4 years creating the stunning 11 song
collection that became Blue Tofu.
Brimming with dazzling detail and an expansive richness, the self-titled
debut also features guests Louie Simon on drums, Martha Reikow on cello and
Nino Russo on trumpet.
"Styles come and go, but it's not often you run into a CD that takes pop
music in a genuinely fresh direction." So says Jim Aiken, a senior editor at
Keyboard Magazine, in his "Spotlight Review" of Blue Tofu. "Andrea Mathews' sultry, intimate vocals tease us... and the
arrangements grow like orchids". Blending elements of intelligent dance,
trip-hop, and retro jazz into its slew, Blue Tofu
has indeed cooked up something special.
"The music of this rather unappetizing-sounding group never fails to bring down the house at every trade show at which I play "A Battle Between" (the first cut on the CD). The inevitable question - "Who is that!" - is engendered in equal measure by the fabulous sound (this is a digital recording with exceptionally realistic vocals and astonishingly deep bass) and the unusually intelligent lyrics. The lead singer Andrea Mathew has been compared to Tori Amos and Ricki Lee Jones, but she is her own thing, as is her partner, keyboardist Tim Story." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, July/August 2013
"They could be big... Andrea Mathews' sultry, intimate vocals tease us with
hints of Tori Amos or Rickie Lee Jones, and Tim Story's keyboard - heavy backing
tracks offer a few echoes of Peter Gabriel, but that's just a journalist's way
of telling you what to expect. The music itself defies pigeonholing." -
Keyboard, "Spotlight Review"
"Andrea Mathews' voice is sultrier and jazzier than Sarah Malachlan's,
but the comparisons will still emerge as she continues to hone a style that's
already impressive in its maturity and confidence. Tim Story's restrained
electronic beats and instrumentation conjure strong emotion... Top Cuts: "Straw
Me," "Wild Blue," "A Battle Between"
- Music Connection
"Sultry, haunting, jazzy and lyrical..." - Milwaukee Star
Andrea Mathews, words and vocals
Tim Story, loops, samples, keyboards and noise
Louis Simon, drums
Martha Reikow, cello on 'Gabriel'
Nino Russo, trumpet on 'Spiritual'
1. a battle between
3. chemical cupcake
4. wild blue
6. straw men
8. the woman singing
9. blue ball box