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Published: August 3, 2013 12:18:47 am


Album: Shadows

Singer: Lenka

Skipalong Records

$9.99 on amazon.com

ranking: ***half

Of course,everyone knows Australian vocalist Lenka by her songs The present and Everything directly. While the previous was utilized in numerous movies and sitcoms,together with in a promo for Ugly Betty season 3,the latter was made well-known after it was featured in an commercial for Windows 8. Now three albums outdated,the 35-year-old musician’s newest album Shadows additionally marks the launch of her personal file firm,Skipalong Records.

There has all the time been that indie,comfortable,elf-like high quality to Lenka’s voice. While her tunes are all the time upbeat,cheery and alluring,the phrases additionally carry deeper undertones that deal with extra intense feelings resembling estrangement and loss.

Shadows begins with Nothing right here however love,a whisper-y,mild monitor the place Lenka sings in her clear,child-like voice,“Love,candy love/ It’s all we all know,so can I present you/ Love,candy love/ Take time to develop,there’s nothing right here however love.” The subsequent monitor Faster with you is a delicate,romantic quantity,with xylophone and marimba gildings,the place the singer talks about romantic visions of affection and intimacy.

Heart to the celebration is a music that we think about would match completely in a film the place the teenage protagonists are waltzing to a sluggish dance at their promenade. With detailed descriptions of the cloudless night time sky,accompanied by chime-like sounds,Lenka creates an ideal environment for a clandestine kiss,as she sings,“I wanna dance like I hope tomorrow won’t ever come/ And fall like a star that is aware of its time is gone.” This is one in every of our favorite tracks within the album.

The subsequent monitor After the winter is a stunning soft-pop quantity. Watch out for the completely mesmerising violin riffs by Tracy Bonham as she accompanies Lenka crooning,“After the winter comes the spring/ That is when the blue birds begins to sing.” Honeybee is one other fluid quantity that includes mild and ethereal lyrics.

The incontrovertible fact that Shadows was conceived whereas Lenka was pregnant along with her first youngster is obvious within the emotional monitor Two heartbeats,as she sings to the accompaniment of gorgeous techno-synth,“Two heartbeats,one physique.” The final monitor,The prime of reminiscence lane,is a ballad devoted to posterity. Here,as Lenka’s voice takes us again to “set the file straight”,she assures the listener that she’ll meet us there “on the prime of the reminiscence lane.”

One of the complicated issues about this album is its title. There is nothing remotely shadowy about this album,which might greatest be described as an ode to the elfin fragility of Lenka’s voice. A breakout artist from the indie-pop style,Lenka’s Shadows leaves you with a really glad smile.

Prajakta Hebbar

prajakta.hebbar@expressindia.com

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