WOLFBANE BLOOMS: Fantasia Film Festival - "The beautiful, vocal-driven score from composer Carla Patullo is flawless throughout, and the haunting mix of rhythmic breathing and pounding drums serve as a “voice” for the wordless succubus—a perfect companion to Pearce’s on-screen presence." (Read More)
POPAXIOM - ”Carla’s music is vibrant, ethereal, sometimes haunting, and so often mesmerizing. It’s a mix of her influences blending together into something familiar but new.” (READ MORE)
THE SPOOL - ”It’s a droll, erotically-charged spin on an old formula, and Patullo’s vocals-heavy composing style seems like a fascinating accompaniment.” (READ MORE)
THE DAILY DEAD - “Following the horror comedy's world premiere at SXSW, we've been provided with an exclusive track from the film's score to share with Daily Dead readers. Composed by Carla Patullo and titled "Don't Lose Your Edge//You Wicked Demon," the exclusive track can be listened to below, and here's what Patullo had to say about the making of the track!” - (LISTEN HERE)
BILLBOARD - ”BMI Continues Support of Sundance Institute Film Composers Program With Music & Sound Design Lab.” (READ MORE)
HIDDEN - REMOTE - “Carla Patullo is sure to have made music that has caught the attention of many an ear, thanks to her prolific body of work spanning films and shows, including tracks made for The Ellen Degeneres Show, Skins, and The Young & the Restless. Her body of work is characterized by her impressive versatility and willingness to think outside of the box, which has granted her success as a film and show composer AND as a touring performer, both solo and with her band.” (READ MORE)
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE - Features a new track from Carla. (CHECK IT OUT!) ”Along with scoring films, Patullo has written numerous songs and has had over 100 song placements on Emmy Award–winning shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Young and the Restless, and Skins.”
Lost At E Minor - “The dream sequence was also a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic score by our crazy-talented composer, White Widow (Carla Patullo).” (READ MORE)
CURVE MAGAZINE - Caught In Her Web, Curve Magazine Featured Article - “Patullo exudes a ballsy, rock chick vibe and her music is infectious and mainstream-friendly. You always get the feeling she is one step away from going over the edge, but she never does.” (READ MORE)
FilmFestivals.com - Featured interview with White Widow on their blog! (READ IT)
Knoxvillefilms.com - "Singer/composer White Widow (Carla Patullo) writes a dazzling new score for her new version of pioneering German animator Lotte Reiniger’s 1922 silent shadow ballet Aschenputtel. In her version, each character is a different shadow aspect of one unified figure."
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Sandra Bernhard Loves Being On Stage - The Redcat Theater, Los Angeles, CA - "Bernhard will be backed by a four-piece band, put together by Carla Patullo, the lead singer-songwriter for the rock-punk band White Widow. Many of the songs Bernhard will perform are covers; but they'll be delivered with a twist, as she does in her raw, taunting version of Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly", which appears on the recent comedy album. [I Love Being Me, Don't You.] Expect a mix at the REDCAT show including 80's hair metal songs, R&B, and folk." (READ MORE)
The Muff Society - Featured a Q & A with White Widow on their blog! (READ IT)
AOL SPINNER - featured the White Widow album, "A Psychological Thriller" in their listening party!
Big Take Over Magazine [A Psychological Thriller album review] - "White Widow is an Austin based multitalented multi-instrumentalist who has created a dark and moving goth touched pop soundtrack. The music inspired the people at Electric Wonder Creative to create an animated short film that is set to this soundtrack. Art imitates art. These songs stand on their own, though. They stand, seducing out of shadows. Playing romantic and heartbreaking song stories that tie together obsession, desire and dream with a voice that curls like smoke. A voice that cuts through the orchestrated melodics with a Karen O. smoothness, a PJ Harvey roughness, and a Kate Bush Mystique. Hitchcockian rock opera that moves between a Black Heart Procession melancholia and a Robert Smithed euphoria."
Austin Music & Entertainment [A Psychological Thriller album review] - “Tunnel Vision,” the abstract soundscape that begins the album, feels like a trick Tom Waits would pull with its clanging, metal-on-metal ambiance. This leads directly into “Trust Myself,” the true opening salvo. Sounding like PJ Harvey with its withering, alto vocal performance, ruddy guitar and intricate piano, “Trust Myself” is an impressive introduction.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Jim Fusilli - “angst-drenched indie rock that ranges from bombastic to intimate, occasionally within the same song....she deserves more attention."
VARIETY - Sandra Bernhard - Townhall performance - Sandra Bernhard's new show features tracks from her new album and her knowing takes on pop culture.
Sandra Bernhard’s droll, knowing takes on pop culture were about as strong as ever at the world premiere of her new show, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” showcasing tracks from her new album of the same name at Manhattan’s Town Hall on Wednesday night. The unique attraction of the evening was a lineup of one-night-only guest stars for her tour’s launch: Liza Minnelli, Rufus Wainwright and Justin Vivian Bond (of Kiki & Herb fame). Opening with a fierce vocal take on Bobby Womack’s 1972 blaxploitation hit “Across 110th Street,” served with trademark soul flourishes from the Arizona-bred performer, she segued between comedy bits and musical numbers in a model familiar to her many loyal (and overwhelmingly gay male) fans in the audience. She closed with an inspired mashup of Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly” and Pink’s “Just Like a Pill” that didn’t sacrifice good vocals for its amusement factor, one of several smart choices by musical director Carla Patullo. (READ MORE)
M Music & Musicians Magazine [A Psychological Thriller album review] - Austin-based Carla Patullo excels at gothed-out ’80s balladry—think Quarterflash or Bonnie Tyler on an Evanescence kick—and that’s the perfect sound for this imaginary film score about twisted romance. Spoiler alert: It ends with a dream of white horses, leaving plenty of mystery for the sequel.
IndieMedia Magazine [A Psychological Thriller album review] - "...a beautiful voice that makes you feel her pain. A Psychological Thriller is definitely one of the better albums I’ve heard all year."
AcousticMusic.com [A Psychological Thriller album review] - by Mark S. Tucker - On her fourth release, Carla Patullo (White Widow) occupies a zone midpoint between Kate Bush and Martha Bates (Motels), creating a semi-symphonic progressive melodic groove that will soon serve as score to an animated film in work by a couple of Brooklyn artists. A rather eclectic woman, Patullo graduated from Berklee, sings all vocal parts, and plays all instruments here except for bass, cello, and drums. The result, A Psychological Thriller, under her nom de plume, is a marvelous half hour of concept cycling that enthralls, absorbs, saddens, uplifts, and caresses the ear and mind in a tale of deliquescing love.
There's an element of Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise as well, but with a lot more angst, less narco-vapors as some of the instrumental arrangements veer towards Sally Oldfield. Berklee certainly didn't stint in imbuing the writer with compositional or arranging deftnesses as the tableau unfolds in serial visions thematically centered in Wandering Eye. The entire story wraps itself around the pulse of that anguished heart like layers of night skies and alleyways. Patullo's singing becomes the urgent thread sewing chapters together one after another, postcards of increasing urgency amid a Serial Love Affair leading to a Bloodbath that tells us a little Something about [the so-called] Paradise of love. This is not a story that will have you floating amid cherry-cheeked cherubs and Betty Crocker visions, not by a long shot, even as Patullo's seductive siren wail draws you towards its melancholy beacon. There are rocks near that shore, and your tiny little row boat isn't going to fare well amid them—…but you'll smile as you go under.
Los Angeles Examiner - “Sandra shares the stage with her musical director Carla Patullo [White Widow] who plays a ‘mean piano’,...The band is great and you can tell that they are all having a really good time.”
JerseyBeat [A Psychological Thriller review] - Indie rock singer/songwriter White Widow hit it right out of the ballpark with her fourth album. Artfully combining her sultry voice with vivid songwriting, a hypnotic and harmonic sound, and a supremely mysterious mood, Widow takes the viewer on a captivating sonic journey that’s really something to hear. The lush arrangements are exquisitely filled out by tinkling pianos, moody strings, and equally brooding cellos. The swirling and whirling rhythmic push’n’pull of the chugging tempos and steady beats provide an extra stirring kick to the already tasty proceedings. Sheer intoxicating pleasure from start to finish.
Flocked Media [A Psychological Thriller review] - White Widow, aka Carla Patullo, has some very strong vocals. Think Pat Benatar for the new millenium. This 8 song disc (with 2 short intro tracks thrown in) is the soundtrack for an animated short film- too bad I didn’t get that to review too!
This soundtrack is musical, driven, inspiring and powerful. It’s rock mixed with the sounds of any Broadway musical. It’s clever. It’s clear. Fun and easy to listen to. At some points low, slow and a little darker. At other points bright and energetic. It’s like bi-polar music, in a good way.
Fans of 80′s music, musical soundtracks, rock and female fronted bands will all enjoy this great effort by this Austin-based siren.
Colossal Pop [A Psychological Thriller review] - Austin, TX’s White Widow returns with her fourth release, A Psychological Thriller. The album is a fictional soundtrack that tells it’s story in just 30 short minutes and stems from the widow’s piqued interest in psychologically thrilling films. Recently the soundtrack was made official by being set to a short film and White Widow and her band are bringing the silent film to life at upcoming concerts.
“Tunnel Vision” sets the tone as kind of a spooky intro that could lead anywhere. From there, the music sort of slides into a world where Rachel Sage fronts Siouxsie and the Banshees while Android Lust and Belly help out with the songwriting. The music turns haunting, yet intimately piercing to the point that you can’t imagine this as anything but a movie. The music is very dynamic and, while it’s certainly creepy, it’s also very pop-hooked oriented. “Trophy Girl” is the perfect example with its super-catchy Alt-Rock guitar-hooks and beautiful, Goth- tinged vocals leading a three minute and thirty-three second charge that leaves you wishing it were about two minutes longer. “Something About Paradise” (one of two tracks to feature Alyse Black) is another highlight, built on drum machines and sparse guitars and a killer piano riff that the vocals just glide over.
All in all, this is a great example of what independent music can be. In the age of the internet, independent music has gotten very convoluted and confusing but White Widow proves that true talent can still rise to the top and produce something brilliant. Fans of Rachel Sage, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Amanda Palmer’s more straightforward tunes, and mid-career Paula Cole will find much to love here but I think there will also be a strong appeal lovers of Alt-Rock like Belly, An Horse, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and early Smashing Pumpkins. A Psychological Thriller is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.
Wicked Channel [A Psychological Thriller review] - This is the fourth cd from Carla Patullo aka White Widow. This cd sounds like Clare Quilty if they were inspired by The Breeders. And dare I say, like a Pat Benatar going angst in indie alternative music. This cd is a score to an animated film by some Brooklyn artists. But fear not if you have not seen the film, this cd still works. Patullo from the album credits does almost all the instruments herself with vocal duties. And she has created a very fun and memorable half hour of music, with added sound bites like walking and rain, and a phone ringing to the background of a cello during the call. A song like Promises sounds like if Kate Bush fronted Rasputina. Serial Love Affair comes across like if Veruca Salt went unplugged with a piano instead of a guitar. Serial Love Affair is just the perfect alternative hit single. Almost like Belly or Rainer Maria in just terms of a simple beauty with the most common of talents, vocal delivery. Lyric wise this reminds me of a band that came out in the 90’s called The Missing, where the lyrics take a much deeper meaning from the vocal delivery and just the raw emotion that comes across. Carla used this cd as a platform, a stage if you will, to show off her singing and passion and in that capacity this cd really works better than most female artists that have been on radio as of late. This is just true talent that shines song to song, as almost a reminder of female musicians past and present.
If I had to sum up this musical experience in one word, refreshing. I like honest music that is not so pop inspired and homogenized to fit a scene, and this cd is almost like the anti-pop cd with pop in it. If that makes any sense, it is like a pop record that is not a pop record. Kate Bush would be proud, and in the month of new releases from Fiona Apple, and Metric, this is another female who I feel offers just as much as they do and should be heard. Now I am dying to hear the other 3 cds and see if they match up to this one. White Widow is a band that should be making waves hopefully now.
THE CREATORS PROJECT [A Psychological Thriller in Concert review] - White Widow's silent animation, A Psychological Thriller, is an eerie and erotic Serial Love Affair.…From head to tail there is definitely a story being told musically. Most songs feel pulled from a 1980s fantasy flick. The penultimate track,“Something About Paradise” seems like it could easily be placed in Labyrinth without anyone noticing.
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE [A Psychological Thriller review] - Her talent is undeniable...The local songwriter/multi-instrumentalist sounds solid and focused on the steady rocker "Trophy Girl," stirring ballad "Something About Paradise," and moody anthem "Wandering Eye.
That Music Mag [A Psychological Thriller review] - White Widow’s fourth self-released album, A Psychological Thriller, carries moods in wonderful waves of up and down beats. There is a beautiful depth to her voice that holds the listener throughout. It is rare to go wrong when you pair a good string selection with the right voice. This is definitely not one of those wrong times.
The Mad Mackerel - A Psychological Thriller, the latest album and original motion picture soundtrack from White Widow (Carla Patullo), is set to be released today via Flicker Noise Productions.
Culled from Patullo’s growing interest in psychological thriller films, A Psychological Thriller tells the dream-like story of a fictional character in ten songs that seamlessly blend together into one half-hour long soundtrack. Delving into the world of psychological struggles, this album rides the narrow line between bright-eyed desire and grotesque obsession.
Grab a taste from the album with Miss You Bad, a propulsive, jerky slug of indie rock built around a killer synth riff and falling somewhere between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sparks. You won’t know whether to dance or run for your life!
Brooklyn Rocks - White Widow (aka Carla Patullo) is releasing her fourth disc, A Psychological Thriller, on June 5th 2012. The new disc is culled from Patullo’s growing interest in psychological thriller films and tells the dream-like story of a fictional character in ten songs that seamlessly blend together into one half-hour long soundtrack.
A Psychological Thriller and its concept spiked the interest of Brooklyn artists Jamie Dwyer and Justin Ulloa (Electric Wonder Creative), who produced an original animated short film under the same title. Inspired by White Widow's music, the film is a fantastical and delusional portrayal of an unraveling love affair, set to the full album. White Widow will be performing the soundtrack live at Public Assembly on July 17th.
REGEN Magazine [A Psychological Thriller album review] - “Trust Myself” and “Wandering Eye” are atmospheric and, especially the latter, achieve a surprisingly emotional resonance that somehow manages to be escalated further on the magnificent “Serial Love Affair,” which adds an unexpected Palmas-eqsue element in its chorus. A sense of déjà vu is palpable and pervasive on A Psychological Thriller, but one doubtfully would be able to precisely pinpoint its source. The vocals are evocative of not one but several contemporary indie vocalists as if Carla Patullo – the talent behind White Widow – was at once channeling the dangerous shifting tone of Debbie Harry and the utter melancholy of Regina Spektor.
Sea of Tranquility [A Psychological Thriller album review] - As a soundtrack, it definitely helps to have seen the film or at least have some visual reference with the content to understand the full effect of the music. However, the music is powerful enough on its own to deliver the main message. Carla Patullo, a Berklee College, multi-instrumentalist, lead singer, and song-writer, plays most of the main instruments on this album. She gets support from Mark Williams, "Gumby", performing upright bass and cello, Colleen Butler, on bass, and drummer Marty Mack. I agree with other reviewers who compare Carla Patullo's vocals to a good mix between that of Pat Benatar and Martha Davis of the Motels. The music encompasses the theme of horror or psychological thrillers. If you like that genre, then this is a great album of music that will fit well within your collection. The musicianship is up to the high standards you would expect from someone from Berklee College.”
Movement Magazine - White Widow has been developing a reputation for her musical ambition, sonic soundscapes, stirring emotional content and sheer originality, and the new album and its concept spiked the interest of Brooklyn artists Jamie Dwyer and Justin Ulloa (Electric Wonder Creative), who are producing an original animated short film under the same title. As video/film production has become an integral and effective piece to White Widow’s creative process, inspired by her music, the film is a fantastical and delusional portrayal of an unraveling love affair, set to "A Psychological Thriller".
Dusted Not Busted Blog [A Psychological Thriller in Concert review] - The most recent album by the captivating and compelling artist, White Widow, was composed as the soundtrack to an unmade psychological thriller. Artists at Electric Wonder Pictures took it upon themselves to make their own independent short film, using White Widow’s current album–under the same title–as the soundtrack. Personally, I found both the film and the music fantastic, but as a beauty blogger I couldn’t help but drool over the fabulous use of the doll make-up style featured prominently on the villainous character Black Widow in the film.
Popmatters [A Psychological Thriller album review] - Carla Patullo, the woman behind White Widow, makes use of her fascination with psychological thrillers via this concept piece, which tells the story of a relationship careening to its end. The rocking “Trophy Girl” and the dark, unnerving and stately “Bloodbath” are among the record’s highlights.
WLUR FM RADIO - White Widow produces narrative and atmosphere on A Psychological Thriller. Composed as the soundtrack to a surreal storyline, the album shifts one way and the next, creating tension with semi-symphonic builds, posing big questions with soulful female vocals. White Widow uses a myriad of musical devices, from classical piano to electronic beats to heavy guitar. A soft pop approach to the thriller-vibe.
The Times Quotidian - Working Woman, Sandra Bernhard, (Redcat LA Review) - "Her splendid band - musical director/pianist Carla Patullo [White Widow], drummer Alex Stickles, guitarist Mike Manning, and background vocalist Jason Joseph - are serious pros."
Los Angeles Examiner - Sandra Bernhard, I Love Being Me, Don't You - "Sandra shares the stage with her musical director Carla Patullo who plays a mean piano, Alex Stickles on drums, Mike Manning on guitar, and the fantastic Jason Joseph doing back up vocals....The band is great and you can tell, that they are all having a really good time."
BACKSTAGE - Sandra Bernhard, I Love Being Me, Don't You - After sailing on from backstage, svelte and chic in gunmetal sequins and elegantly unkempt hair, Bernhard holds the house in a rapturous death grip from her first "It's been too long!" onward. In tandem with her band—music director Carla Patullo on piano — Bernhard offers the strongest case yet for her angular brand of sophisticated humor.
Muen Magazine Music Blog - White Widow Bares Her Soul - It seems like the majority of rock artists nowadays are afraid to get right down to the heart of the matter by offering the public raw and revealing compositions. Not WHITE WIDOW - as evidenced throughout her latest release, Black Heart. This Boston-by-way-of-New York-by-way-of-Texas rocker is all about taking the listener on a journey - often building layer upon layer in her songs, and slowly cranking up the emotion to a boiling point ... a truly hypnotizing performer.
Accent on Tampa Bay - White Widow gets you on your feet while her voice tangles you in her web. From her band you can expect to hear menacing lead guitar lines, melodic bass interjecting with heavy drums, with her intense vocals cutting through as her voice soars high. Her latest release is BLACK HEART.
Zandland Music Blog | NEW MUSIC / REVIEW - Zandland fave White Widow's long awaited new album, 'Black Heart' officially made it's way to the market, and iTunes on September 22, and surely gets the Zandland nod of approval. In true indie form, Ms. Widow (Carla Patullo) took to heart a completely solo approach on the 10-track album, manning all instruments, building unique sounds to hypnotizing vocals, and masterfully producing each track herself.
Fave tracks are the anthem-esque 'Warriors' and the eerie soundscape, 'Empire'. White Widow shows off her signature screaming chops by the end of 'Quitter'; her angry side generates a sort of sonic whiplash. And in a ghostly buildup, White Widow does Stevie Nicks proud with a rendition of Nicks' previously unreleased demo, 'Lady From The Mountain.'
White Widow's last full-length album, "It's My Tragedy" dropped February 2007, marking a major turn towards gritty post-punk vocals matched with raw guitar and heavy bass riffs (think PJ Harvey)...a shift from 2005's more commercially-accessible debut, "No Wood To Knock On". "Black Heart" shows a touch of the softer side of White Widow, on her fresh indie-rock journey, with a heavy-handed diaristic vulnerability that will completely fill your emo needs without ever getting stuffy or generic.
Piazza Roma - Arezzo Wave Festival - La band White Widow proveniente da Boston presenterˆ il suo quarto lavoro discografico sabato 24 febbraio al Blue Note Music Club di Campobasso. Due giorni prima sarˆ presentato in anteprima mondiale a New York. Il trio sarˆ ospite all'interno della la rassegna - concorso Italia Wave love festival, manifestazione dedicata a tutti i gruppi musicali della regione. LÕalbum dal titolo "It's My Tragedy" stato prodotto da Gene Paul ingegnere leggendario di Aretha Franklin e Led Zeppelin mixato da John Plymale (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Superchunk). Le loro influenze musicali: PJ Harvey, Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oats, ed Interpol. Una voce ammaliante la songwriter della band con un lavoro tutto al femminile, duro, scomodo e bello allo stesso tempo. Un concerto emozionale.
C' una ragione particolare per cui ho inserito questo annuncio su www.piazzaroma.net ed per via del fatto che la cantante si chiama Carla Patullo e ha origini Bojanesi. Tempo fa la contattai tramite Myspace il famosissimo social network dove molti gruppi musicali trovano fortuna, mi rispose immediatamente e mi diede subito l'impressione di essere molto alla mano e sopratutto fiera delle sue origini bojanesi!!! Carla Patullo nata a Springfield da genitori italiani ed ha cominciato a comporre ed esibirsi all'etˆ di 11 anni.Dopo aver frequentato il Berklee College of Music a Boston, dove ha ricevuto diversi premi per il suo talento di compositrice, si trasferita a New York. A New York ha collaborato con alcuni grossi calibri della musica mondiale come Grayson Hugh, il produttore Iain McNally (Amanda Marshall), e il tecnico del suono L. Stu Young (Prince)
IMPACT Press - No Wood to Knock On Review - Perhaps the opening refrain of her album explains it best, "It's my birthday, I wanna piss everybody off." She's got a chip on her shoulder the size of an electric guitar and she uses it to lay on the rock extraordinarily thick. This is girl-fronted rock with balls, yet has an enticing sweetness to it that the Widow uses to lure you into her web. Great songwriting and robust, well-engineered accompaniment make her ultra-emotional vocals shine. (DP)
Indulged.com - No Wood to Knock On Review - White Widow delivers some very emotionally charged guitar balladry. Very epic song arrangements wrapped around big female angsty vocals. Any song taken on its own is very pleasant to listen to...Young girls can fire this track up ("Only You") and dream about losing their virginity. White Widow takes the concept of an 80's rock ballad and dresses it up pretty for the year 2005...The production on "No Wood to Knock On" is great, drums sound full and vocals sharp.
Indie-music.com - No Wood to Knock On - These songs are seductive and poetic, not really structured but still solidly-composed...I've never heard a menacing love song before – one in which the music is menacing but the lyrics are genuine words of love, sung by a voice that's husky and ominous on the verses and high and sweet on the chorus. I should find that disturbing. Instead, I'm kind of turned on by it...Some tracks are gritted-teeth rants, others are simply mysterious and seductive, but you definitely get the feeling that this woman is a bit off balance. You're never quite safe, even when she's purring invitingly.
Mondogordo.com - No Wood to Knock On - "Only You," is a treat that won't rot your teeth in sweetness. Patullo breathes a sexy breeze here about wanting to see the stars tonight. The slinky riff playing in the background matches her tone well. By no means an overplayed love song, it does remind me of why vampires are sexy in the movies. They just are. The one that seduced me though was "Friend." Patullo expresses her disdain with a fair-weather friend who apparently abandons her. The numb plucked guitar works to accentuate her vocal talents as an extra to this almost a cappella tune. There are so many interpretations to pull out of black lace, and metaphorically this is the best metaphor I can use for Ms. Carla. Her work is feminine, tough, awkward and lovely at the same time.