AI Phoenix - Lean That Way Forever FLAC

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Artist: Ai Phoenix
Release: Lean That Way Forever
Discogs: 1004433
Released: 2002-05-27
Label: Glitterhouse Records
Catalog#: GRCD 564
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue / CD
Country: Germany
Style: Rock, Indie Rock

01. Mountains And Castles
02. Bird Whispering
03. Elvis
04. The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)
05. Don't Be Afraid
06. Revolution Gray
07. Ice-Cold Storm
08. Different Strauss
09. Breakfast
10. Hopscotch
11. Storyteller
12. Very Kind

"Bird Whispering - all the way down here - trembling sky comes clear" whispers Mona Mørk in her slowcore mysterious universe in the latest album from Ai Phoenix. This band is clearly one of Luna Kafe's favourites with their charming sweet lo-fi country cabaret universe. They recently got a record deal and Europe distribution (outside Norway and Sweden) with respectable Glitterhouse Record in company with among others Walkabouts and 16 Horsepower. This gives the band a unique chance to reach out to a larger audience in Europe even though they've always had a cult status and faithful fans there. The band is in this present date touring Europe and has among other places played at the legendary "Orange Blossom Special Festival" in Germany.

So what's new with this latest album compared to the earlier albums? Among other things there's a more varied expression on this album, due to the fact that Patrick Lundberg is singing more than he used to. The two voices are quite different and this gives the album a nice total whole. Patrick with his gentle, careful voice is the more typical low-fi vocal and Mona with her sensual, whispering voice gives the sound a touch of dark mystery and drama. She brings back memories of Lisa Germano or even Anita Lane. This altering between the slow low-fi tunes and the more cabaret like tunes brings forth every song. There's also a sense of longing nostalgia to the old times and some of the songs brings associations of dancehall music with a glamorous singer in a red, glittering dress. They even does a nice cover of the Moulin Rouge song "where is your heart" from the 50's. On the best song on the album, "Storyteller", is the musical relation to both Edith Piaf and Leonard Cohen quite clear, filled with passion and drama.

As a whole the songs are small, delicate pieces often with minimal instruments, with the voice and the good melody in the centre. This is the perfect album for the nice summer evenings and lazy mornings.

Best moments: "Bird whispering" - a beautiful small poptune; "Where is your heart" - and the nostalgia lives on; "Ice-cold storm" - an elegant dancehall waltz in slow motion with some Mexican elements; "Storyteller" - an exciting journey through the musical soundscape of Paris on a cold and foggy night.


Artwork [Cover]: Palander
Bass: Robert Jønnum
Drums, Accordion, Banjo, Synthesizer [Moog]: Bosse Litzheim
Guitar: Espen Mellingen
Lyrics By: Mona Mørk (5, 7, 10, 11)
Lyrics By: Patrick Lundberg (1 to 3, 6 to 10, 12)
Mastered By: Ingar Hunskaar
Music By: Bosse Litzheim (10)
Music By: Mona Mørk (5, 10, 11)
Music By: Patrick Lundberg (1 to 3, 6 to 10, 12)
Other [Not Here, But Everywhere]: Pedro Carmona Alvarez
Recorded By, Mixed By: Airbuz (1, 8 to 10)
Recorded By, Mixed By: Robert Jønnum (2 to 7, 11, 12)
Vocals: Mona Mørk
Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog]: Patrick Lundberg

Mastered at Strype Audio.

Also released on Racing Junior in Norway.

Track 4 is a cover-version from a song from the Moulin Rouge film soundtrack.		
AI Phoenix - Lean That Way Forever FLAC/01 - Mountains and Castles.flac 16.078 MB
AI Phoenix - Lean That Way Forever FLAC/02 - Bird Whispering.flac 17.311 MB
AI Phoenix - Lean That Way Forever FLAC/03 - Elvis.flac 20.465 MB
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