Her extraordinary five-octave range, besides being showcased on her band Magnolia Memoir’s forthcoming album Pale Fire, has made Mela Lee’s voice recognizable by fans of such beloved anime characters as the Vampire Knight TV franchise’s Yuki Cross and Fate’s Rin Tohsaka.
But only real-life characters populate the Los Angeles-based alternative pop rock group’s intriguing new video for the album’s first single “Odds & Ends”--and many are readily recognizable. They are largely friends of the band and include Will Forte of Saturday Night Live, MacGruber and Nebraska fame; Everybody Loves Raymond’s Doris Roberts, Lost’s Jorge Garcia, Heroes’ James Kyson, Fred Willard of Best in Show and Wall-E), Say Anything’s Ione Skye, Gary Anthony Williams of Boston Legal and Boondocks, and Josh Meyers of MadTV and That 70's Show.
The clip is a collaboration of the band and director Aaron Gingrich (a neighbor of Roberts), and is currently on the front page of music video platform VEVO. Lensed at L.A.’s premiere prop house Hand Prop Room, the concept involves a constantly tracking camera shot crossing through the aisles and framing band members performing the song, and the friends bizarrely appearing amidst the odds and ends shelved throughout the facility.
The “Odds & Ends” single is currently available on iTunes. Magnolia Memoir’s third studio album, Pale Fire was produced by Juno Award winner Brandon Friesen, and will be released on the band’s own new label Pale Fire Records on April 29 via indie music and video distribution company The Orchard.
Besides Lee, the band is Aaron Forbes on guitar, Gordon Bash on bass, Matt Lucich on drums and Alex Burke on keyboards. Once the youngest musical director (19) for Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, Burke has performed with such luminaries as Jason Sudeikis, Amy Poehler, Andy Dick, Mike Myers and Andy Richter, not to mention music legends including Jon Faddis, Joe LaBarbera and Joey DeFrancesco.
They’re set to perform at The Edison in L.A. on March 13, and are scheduled to appear in New York in June.
Meanwhile, Lee continues to record for future anime projects.
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