If Music is a tiny room of a record store in London Town, someone’s front room rather than a shop, it’s a great, welcoming place so do check it out. Here they present By The Sea… And Other Solitary Places by Annabel (lee). It’s a dark folk album with classical instrumentation and Annabel’s whispered vocals chillingly crawling across the sweeping instrumentation. For fans of Jessica Pratt, Julie Byrne and Cat’s Eyes.
Vinyl LP £15.49 ZEN219
Limited 180g vinyl LP on If Music / Ninja Tune. Edition of 500 copies. RSD2015 ITEM!.
- Includes download code
CD £9.99 ZENCD219
Limited CD on If Music / Ninja Tune. Edition of 500 copies. RSD2015 ITEM!.
10/10 Adrian Bloxham 23rd October 2015
Annabel (lee)'s 'By The Sea... And Other Solitary Places,' influenced by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, isn’t the most upbeat and positive record you’ve ever heard, but a rare treat it certainly is. The music brings to mind a dark, smoky club deep beneath the sea, the clients damned by their own actions, slouched and lost cigarettes burning down to their fingers and whiskey spilling across stained wooden tables. There’s a stage and a band sit, dark and hard, playing with a subtlety and truth that brings tears to the eyes of the listeners. At their front, in a swirling spotlight stands a heartbreakingly beautiful woman who sings as if possessed by all the spirits of the jazz and blues singers whose hearts never mended.
She sings of death, water and love. She sings like she needs to get the song out. She sings like I didn’t think people did anymore. The music reflects the flowing of the sea, the tides moving back and forth, the moon reflected on its black ever moving surface. It’s disturbing in its beauty, unsettling and brooding. You imagine that someone is behind you watching you listen. As if this music is only for the desperate and damned.
What a wonderful thing it is, to find a record you have never heard of and realise that your life is all the richer for having listened to it. Try it, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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