Up and coming UK singer/songwriter, Tiger Lilly, is a force to be reckoned with - don't let the benign cover of her new CD, "Reflections" fool you. Like many other debut CDs, "Reflections" is riddled with different music genres and filled with enthusiasm and emotion.
Tiger Lilly's opening track, "Affair", is testimony to her strong vocals, solid band, and self assurance in her delivery.
Even with her strong vocals, there are times it seems she's battling with the music. Having said that, we are also treated to some great acoustic moments ("Freak", "No Surrender", "Other Side of Tomorrow") All in all, the musical arrangements are thoughtfully rich, complex and energetic.
Some of my favorite tracts are "Here I Am", (shame on you naysayers who tried to bring her down - hope you got the message!), and the quiet, ballad-like, "Freak". Another of my favorites, and possibly the best track is "Choices". The lyrics, vocals and music come together in a pleasing, thought provoking arrangement that lingered with me long after I had finished listening.
I think Tiger Lilly says it best: "Here I Am"! She's here larger than life, and she won't be surrendering to anyone! I don't think I need to "read the tea leaves in my glass" to see that this aspiring and talented musician will be back "on the other side of tomorrow". I can't wait to hear what she has to say.
You can find Tiger Lilly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also learn more about her, get tour dates, and link to her social media sites here on her official website.
As I find myself becoming more centered and more spiritual, it's only fitting that my first music review
should be of Canadian singer/songwriter Marcome. (pronounced Mar-ko-may). Her rich blend of vocals and music are a true testimony of what New Age World music can be.
Marcome's background in theatre and experience as a quality sound and mastering engineer has been a catalyst in working with other musicians such as Diana Krall, Tom Waits and Yes. She also arranges, engineers and produces her own work.
Listening to Marcome's music is like taking a meandering cruise around the world. Arabica Remixed brings to mind images of desert sands, Arabian knights cloaked in flowing, white garments, and exotic, dancing women.
The River of Live and The Road to Lhasa are equally exotic and full of sounds to enchant the mind and enrich the spirit. These musical compositions are Nag Champa and patchouli, jewel tones and silver bangles. They are cowrie shells and mudcloth, They are cinnamon and curry.
One of my favorite compositions of Marcome's is Eternal Freedom - Memoria. To me it's about personal reflection and exploration. It's ephemeral quality is both soothing and tranquil and is a perfect catalyst for centering yourself after a long stressful day, or blessing and welcoming a new day.
I have several other New Age cds that I'm very fond of. What strikes me as being different about Marcome's music is the clarity of sound. Every single sound seems to have a crisp, clarity of purpose even though it's part of a cohesive whole. Whatever your musical flavor of preference, I'm sure that the worldly music of Marcome has something special to offer you.
To learn more about Marcome and to sample more of her music, please visit her website.