Once called "perhaps the best unsigned artist in the business" by the New Yorker, singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell's label debut, "I Can See the Future," was released this year and once again shows off her stylistic range and lyrical intimacy.
Idealistic and honest enough to soften the most jaded of hearts, Glen Hansard's songs occupy the space between the scars of love lost and the hope of love yet to be won.
It's not fair to compare two musicians merely because they both happen to be female singer-songwriters and both happen to wear big, dark glasses and both seem riddled with angst and both have odd four-part names (Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart / Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson); and it's definitely not fair to compare them simply because they played in succession in the same town (Saturday then Monday).
From her voice to her vision to her songwriting to her discriminating taste, the music of Laura Cantrell has a kind of purity that seems of another time and place.
Imagine yourself in a coffeehouse: nestled in a broken-in chair, sipping your favorite coffee blend and enjoying the lovely vocals of St. Louis folk singer-songwriter, Monica Casey, whose peaceful storytelling brings attention to matters of the heart.
Seven years after releasing her last album, Fiona Apple has returned with a familiarly dark, introspective album full of heady rhythm and scraps of autobiographical allegory.