Eleni Mandell to Release "I Can See the Future" on July 10
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:58:54
We see the future and it looks like LA songstress Eleni Mandell.
Mandell has created an impressive body of work over the last decade. Her critically acclaimed solo albums, characterized by her sultry, airy vocals, languid LA noir persona and sophisticated songwriting and arrangements have had critics drawing comparisons to Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey, Feist, Chrissie Hynde, Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads and Television. As a vital member of the LA songwriting scene, she is also a member of indie folk supergroup The Living Sisters - Eleni and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Inara George (The Bird and the Bee).
So for many fans, it may come as a surprise that Mandell's eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, set for release July 10, 2012 on Yep Roc Records, is her first official label release. Wow, right?
The backstory: The album's title comes from a chance visit to a tarot card reader over a decade ago. "She asked, 'Are you a musician or a poet?'" recalls Mandell. "And she described my music in this incredible way that made a lot of sense to me." Within a year, critics were doing much the same thing, lauding kudos on Mandell's 1999 debut, Wishbone. The card reader also told the singer she'd marry at age 32. "Then I asked about having kids... and she had a weird response."
Fast forward to 2010. Mandell's life was in tumult. Her seventh album, Artificial Fire, had been released the year before as the nation was in the throes of a deep recession. Not only was she still unmarried, but several long-term relationships -- both romantic and professional -- had recently soured. Starting a family without a dad at hand seemed a daunting prospect.
"The fairy tale I'd thought I was going to have didn't happen, so I had to make something happen for myself," she admits.
After much soul searching, she forged ahead on her own, and engaged the services of an anonymous sperm donor. "I can tell you that he's an astrophysicist and likes classic rock." It was during these emotionally charged months that I Can See The Future was composed. Although Mandell characterizes this period as one of "frustration, disappointment, and intense sorrow," the word that best captures the mood of her eighth full-length is "bittersweet."
Are you going to See the Future with Eleni Mandell?