EP REVIEW: Bird Call featuring Chiara Angelicola - "The Animals Know"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"artwork for the ears"
"creative, brilliant, & original"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Classical Vocal Pop
Sounds Like: Sarah McLaughlin, Kate Bush, Tori Amos
NOTE: 10 star rating are reserved only for Full Length CD's.
Brooklyn New York’s own Bird Call featuring singer, songwriter, musician Chiara Angelicola releases her new EP entitled “The Animals Know" in 2010. This EP contains 6 new tracks. Bird Call was produced by well known producer Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, & The Black Keys).
The EP takes flight with “Waltz in the Snow”, a powerful intro lullaby that serves up inviting orchestral style strings, delightful melodies & unique vocal flair from Angelicola who I might add also plays piano on the EP Track 2 “Berlin” delivering yet another epic piece of music, with its solitary piano intro, well placed sonic layering & passionate vocal delivery. Track 3 “The Animals Know” delivers yet another gripping track with its epic vocals & stoic piano presence flowing together in perfect tandem making for 3 impressive songs in a row. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical influences reminiscent of classic acts like Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLaughlin, Tori Amos & even Simon & Garfunkel. The music is very solitary in nature yet extremely powerful note for note with it's gripping orchestral overtones reminiscent of a classic Broadway musical. Now turning our attention squarely over to vocalist, pianist & songwriter Chiara Angelicola. She has am amazing vocal timber reminiscent of Gwen Stefani, Bjork, Feist, with perhaps a dash of Kate Bush & Tori Amos. Angelicola’s showcases an amazing vibrato on this EP, with breathtaking falsettos & a vocal presence that can be described as absolutely mesmerizing to the ear. So impressive is her vocal instrument she is able to dominate the entire sonic space alone with no outside assistance. The musicianship is first rate. The songs are short & sweet musical experiences with each song possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From upbeat “Bye Bye Honeymoon” to passionate "The Races” to the gripping finale “The Battles Outside the Gates of your Arms”, this EP delivers 6 amazing songs that are like pieces of artwork for the ears.
It’s hard to find any weaknesses at all when listening to this EP. In close“The Animals Know” is a world class musical production from start to finish. The personality of the music itself possesses a very unique musical signature & is highly creative, uniquely brilliant & original. My hats off to the production genius of Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, & The Black Keys) who adds his amazing producers touch to the EP. He clearly created a sonic environment that showcases the vocal abilities of Chiara Angelicola. The impact this has on the overall production cannot be overstated - it's a brilliant approach. Chiara Angelicola is clearly a premier talent worthy of attention spotlight & praise. I am eager to hear more music via a full length as soon as humanly possible.
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