ELYSIAN FIELDS - For House Cats And Sea Fans

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Avantgarde, Artpop/Pop | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Vicious Circle | Autor: WK

Elysian Fields are a relic of the New York downtown avant-garde of the nineties. Singer Jennifer Charles and guitarist Oren Bloedow (ex-Lounge-Lizards) are a congenial singer-songwriter team. Their demanding ballads, performed with a lascivious timbre between Marilyn Monroe and Jane Birkin and always refined with a lot of casual jazz flair and Sephardic influences, often remind one of Serge Gainsbourg, only that they manage without any provocation. The urban folkloristic beauty of their songs is partly shattering, because Charles and Bloedow dominate a multitude of intermediate tones, which take the listener into a labyrinth of seductions and charms. The singer can hover around a tone with such a breath that it seems to smell rather than sound. Here hope and despair mate to form a wonder garden of hybrid emotions. These songs don't explode in your ears, but want to be conquered slowly in order to unfold their bouquet all the more effectively. This is a big cinema for Songgourmets, who sometimes treat themselves to the luxury of taking time for a CD.

Top Track: Next Year In Jerusalem

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