XMALIA is a collection of songs about extinct animals, accompanied by an illustrated book. The project began as a musical performance, which was performed at venues across the US. The XMALIA songs continue to be performed by Ryder, Hazel & the Dust Bowl Faeries.
"The huanting performance was part concert, part
theater, part dance, part opera and part circus,
incorporating video, taxidermy, trapeze and other
aerial work as Cooley sang a song-cycle that conjured
up a half-dozen animals that have disappeared from
the planet over the past three hundred years."
Greg Haymes, Nippertown
Dust Bowl Fearies are an all lady gothic folk trio, Hazel is a taxidermy ram who Ryder performs and collaborates with.
released 13 March 2013
All songs written by C. Ryder Cooley, 2011-2013.
Recorded by Troy Pohl at Sanctuary for Independent Media 2012
Pyrenean Ibex & Voluptuous Dodo recorded at Bipolarbear Studio & produced by Tommy Stinson 2013. Raiatea Parakeet recorded by Fritz Schwarz at F.S. Audio 2013.
Ryder Cooley: vocals, 6 string tenor ukulele, singing saw, accordion
Corey Aldrich: electric guitar
Nick Matulis: bass
Nick Kopp: drums
Lady Moon: autoharp & backing vocals on Ghosts of Love