@Eurielle_music’s debut album Arcadia is a bountiful, lush, cinematic escape

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EURIELLE, Arcadia

When I last left off about a year ago with writing about UK pop/classical singer Eurielle’s music on several occasions, she had found her way to the heart of fans of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies by recording “The Song Of Durin”.  This led to other related opportunities, and ultimately resulted in two of her songs being included in the album soundtrack to TV’s Downton Abbey!  They are “Nothing Will Be Easy” and “I’ll Count The Days”, which you can hear on this You Tube playlist.  

In the midst of all of this, record companies came-a-courting while Eurielle recorded this debut album, Arcadia, which arrived last month as an independent release.  No understated new agey album this, Arcadia is rich with a myriad of personalities in a variety of stories which could easily create their own mini-movies.  Each is memorable in its own way; you may prefer a song like “Whispers” (video below), which is pretty much an instrumental with Eurielle’s wordless vocal atop; or “City of the Dead”, full of imagery and stunning high notes; or “Eurielle”, which doesn’t yet reveal the mystery that is the singer herself.  My new favourites are the new “Je t’adore”, plus the previously available “Hate Me” and “Carry Me”, in addition to the three songs from her entire previous EP The Incarnation (“Gold”, “Waterfalls”, “I’ll Be Waiting”) which I first wrote about two years ago and all included.  Arcadia’s timing was perfect, because the performer to whom Eurielle may be compared the most, Enya, recently released her first album of new music in almost 10 years, called Dark Sky Island, and Arcadia is a perfect companion.  But like the music of Enya, Eurielle’s songs will carve their own way.  Lushly, carefully, and lovingly produced, Arcadia is the start of great things to come!

Published in: on January 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“900 Voices” send a celebratory message, courtesy of Laura Sullivan @lsullivanmusic

LAURA SULLIVAN, “900 Voices”

Sometimes simplicity can be a powerful thing.  So when Grammy-award winner Laura Sullivan asked 900 people to video themselves singing her song, putting the results together must have been challenging in many ways.  But I guarantee that when you watch the video you will feel empowered, united, happy, festive, joyous, and amazed.  While music comes from all cultures and all kinds of people, the results are universal, and colour, culture, gender, sexuality, politics, and religion may not matter at all.  No one can tell us better about this than our young children.  “900 Voices” is a must-see for children in elementary school, and wise music educators should incorporate this video as a part of their music programming.  Enthused secondary students could take the project further in many imaginative ways.  Most of all I would enjoy hearing this song recorded in a few different languages by some powerful vocalists who would feel passionate about the project.  Laura Sullivan has created this “900 Voices” entity unto itself, and it will flourish for many years to come.  Bravo!!

Published in: on May 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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Medieval Lore: “Carry Me” by @Eurielle_music

EURIELLE, “Carry Me”

 I introduced you to new UK singer Eurielle at the end of last year, when she released her debut EP The Incarnation. The new age/pop inspirations for the songs from the EP seemed to come from sources as diverse as Kate Bush and Ellie Goulding, and recalled other fantastic vocalists of the past like Enya, Kirsty MacColl, and Annie Haslam. I was privileged to view the short film for “Carry Me” earlier in the year, and it finally was posted officially in May, with the single released to iTunes last week. It’s a beautifully filmed, artful effort showcasing a classic medieval tale of a young woman who is pretty much held captive by her overprotective father. Innocent infatuation occurs and life will never be the same for her. The song itself hangs on slight instrumentation and a gorgeous, ethereal and affecting vocal by Eurielle. While “Carry Me” isn’t the kind of song you’ll hear on the radio, it’s quality trumping quantity and should bring further attention for this new singer, who has already attracted major label interest. “Carry Me” is a logical continuation for Eurielle and I await her next song choice with bated breath! An album is on deck for this Fall.

 

Published in: on July 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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