ANNABEL LEE – ” The Cleansing “

Posted: September 22, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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No difficult second album syndrome for Annabel (lee). This record is every bit as good as their debut. Richard E and Shelia Ellis continue to push boundaries mixing up Bossa Nova, jazz, folk and sample based soundscapes all with a gothic undertone. Quite lovely.

The followup to their 2015 debut Richard and Sheila Ellis’ sophomore effort, “The Cleansing,” exists in the folds, shaking the categorization of a single genre or label by casting echoes of Billie Holiday and Antonio Carlos Jobim .  With elements of Jazz and Bossa Nova, accented by striking vocals and enigmatic spoken-word poetry, display a command of the power of contrast. Steady repetitiveness of the instrumentations throughout the record anchor haunting, and often winding, vocal melodies; lyrical themes revolve around both optimistic abstraction and stark reality. These juxtapositions are reinforced by the dual nature of the album itself: Side A, Shades of Reverie, is driven by a sense of hope plucked into existence by embers of acoustic guitar, while Side B, Tones of Clarity, is best defined by dramatic, Bernard Hermann-esque orchestration and soaring vocal performances.

While the casual listener may be (understandably) distracted by the graceful marriage between instrumentation and vocal cadence, each song holds its own poetic merit. Singer and lyricist Sheila Ellis’ masterful penmanship develops a crucial dimension to the album,

In anticipation of their forthcoming full-length album “The Cleansing,” Los Angeles-based duo Annabel (lee) introduces the lead, “Far,” .

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