Saturday, August 23, 2008

ALBUM REVIEW: EMILY WELLS' "THE SYMPHONIES: DREAMS, MEMORIES AND PARTIES"

"Another concept we must ponder: Absence of genre makes the art grow fonder."


Artist: Emily Wells
Album: The Symphonies: Dreams, Memories and Parties

TRACKLIST:

1. Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun
2. Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
3. Symphony 3: The Story (Featuring Count Bass D)
4. Symphony 4: America's Mercy War
5. Symphony 5 Was a Surprise
6. Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix
7. Symphony 7: Dreams Memories & Heaven
8. Symphony 8 & the Canary's Last Take
9. Symphony 9 & the Sunshine
10. Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?


Emily Wells is an amazingly talented violinist and singer. Once headhunted by major record labels but striking out on her own to keep her artistic integrity, she made the right choice here: given the freedom to create the music she wants to, she's made one damn good album. LASTFM calls her music Symphonic Folktronica Fantasy, and though Wells dislikes genre titles (as do I), those words do give a great sense of what to expect on Symphonies.

Her music has so many ways to describe it. It's beautiful, mixing her gothic-but-not-exactly-dark-sounding voice with violin. It's a little dark and creepy, but also shiny and happy. It's extremely well written, but it also flows as stream-of-consciousness thoughts. It even contains elements of rap, with a one off appearance by Count Bass D actually working extremely well. It's like simultaneously floating along a ray of sunshine and wandering, lost and worried, in a dark labyrinth.

Take a little Emilie Autumn without Autumn's morbid streak, with a dash of the theatricality and instrumental skill of The Dresden Dolls and a sprinkling of the playful darkness and the harmonising vocals of The Pierces, and you're halfway there. This is one of few albums that I can sit and listen to straight through without changing artists. I'm holding back the best track off this album for this year's Top 100 Tracks list, but really all the tracks are well worth a listen.

Emily Wells - Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?

Emily Wells - Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom

IF YOU LIKE: Emilie Autumn - How Strange | The Dresden Dolls - Mrs. O | The Pierces - Secret

And don't forget, search for more at The Hype Machine; purchase albums or mp3's at Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amie St., cdbaby, or Insound, and listen at LastFM.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The link for the second song has expired. Can you please re-post it?

swiss said...

yousend it great idea. I will buy her ablum once I get back to the US, but I wanted to hear her tunes now. You think you can repost.
Thanks!!

lorenzo-ikatchers said...

The Echo and Myspace have struck pay dirt with Emily Wells. In a pack hall this music alchemist constructed an array mood altering sounds, from a stage full of instruments. The audience silent and on edge witnessed this Mad scientist of music mix her ingredients. Emily Wells is the lastest in a new generation of musicians who perform studio work techniques in a live arena. The combination can't go wrong: T.L.C Teching,listening, communing- Great Base Builing. A very insprational performance for all.

Angie Mattson's prior perfomance shed some light of her new solo arrangements, very jazzy. The new twists on her sound make for a refreshing experience. Angie and Ryan (her drummer) also play with the other side of the Sound spectrum,in a powerful experience called Sabrosa Purr.Great 70's styles Rock.
The next time you want to Chill checkout the all age shows at the Echo in LA.
Lorenzo-Ikatchers

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