Tue, 22 September 2009
Artist - Elle Stevenson
New Album 'Coming Home' out this week
Track 1 - Almost Forgiven
At the centre of the music is her voice - best described by the terms "fragile", "ethereal" and "haunting" - which provides an apt vehicle for songs which betray a rare kind of honesty. Stevenson certainly doesn't shy away from wearing her heart on her sleeve and her songs have, at times, been described as "lyrically raw". Yet, they are so carefully framed by those trademark cascading piano lines that the incongruity of the music and lyrics merely draw the listener to the place where catharsis and redemption finally meet.
While comparisons to other artists reveal little about Elle's unique direction, she does list an impressive range of influences of artists whom she admires, including the likes of: Suzanne Vega, Justin Currie, Crowded House, the Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Alanis Morisette, Sarah McLachlan, Gillian Welch, Tracy Chapman, Angie Stevens, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, Bill Mallonee, Bryan Adams, Coldplay, Rascal Flatts, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Editors, The Fray, OneRepublic, The Beautiful South; not to mention a few you might not expect, such as Shirley Bassey and Take That!
To date, Elle has supported many artists on the local Irish music scene, as well as those of international acclaim, such as guitar legends Rodrigo y Gabriela and pop/soul diva, Beverley Knight. With the fast-approaching release date for her debut album, however, Elle is unlikely to be the supporting artist for much longer and the expectation is that it won't be long before you're hearing a lot, lot more from this talented lady....
Elle's debut album "Coming Around" goes on general release Monday 21st September 2009.