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album review: soulster vibes

Hey Soulsters! Finally Amel Larrieux’s latest release, “Ice Cream Everyday” has seen the light of day! If you have been following this blog and me on Twitter, then you already know that I have been highly anticipating this album along with many other fans.

“Ice Cream Everyday” reintroduces us to Ms. Larrieux in fine fashion and reminds the fans of why we missed her. Her angelic vocals serve as the necessary backdrop for the tracks provided and not the other way around. When listening to this album I tried to imagine the actual music without her voice and I just couldn’t. Her vocals are so intricately woven into the music, so layered that they are all one. I love how this has been consistent in all of her projects and has become her signature sound. Not many artists today are successful in doing this. Amel Larrieux’s vocal arrangements are complicated, beautiful and for a lack of a better word, “Sick”. Keep Reading >>

album review: middle child

As soon as Afraid, the opening track and lead single from Ice Cream Everyday, hits the ground running with its thumping drums and rhythmic bassline, what immediately strikes the ear is how fresh the production sounds. Amel’s husband and sole producer, Laru, did an impressive job of creating intricate yet melodic soundscapes that complement without overpowering her effortless vocals. In interviews, Amel has cited both underground and mainstream artists such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, Toro y Moi, Drake, Miguel and Rihanna among her favorites and this album makes it evident that it’s not just lip service coming from an oblivious independent R&B/Soul artist; she is both aware and knowledgeable of her musical surroundings and manages to subtly use the influence of these peers in ways that enhance the depth and appeal of her sound. Coupling that with her vivid lyricism and the end result makes for her most memorable album yet. Keep Reading >>

album review: soultracks

The challenge with creating unconventional songs that stray from the traditional pop song structure is finding a way to make it all musically hang together and not make it sound like a self-indulgent artsy mess only understood by high level jazz musicians and hipsters (who, of course, get everything “deep”). It’s the struggle of a lot of electronic music, progressive soul, and scores of nu-jazz, and only the best musicians who are the most aware of the importance of audience accessibility, of melody, of smartly placed harmony, survive being acclaimed beyond that which could fill a Manhattan café. It’s a struggle that the Grammy-nominated Amel Larrieux makes look easy on the forward-thinking, new age soul of Ice Cream Everyday, what is perhaps her greatest artistic achievement since her debut solo album, Infinite Possibilities, if not better. Yes, better. This liberated from all-the-rules progressive soul confection is just that good. Keep Reading >>

album review: gumball mag

Now this is what you call R&B. Before the coolness of Janelle Monae or Solange, there was Amel Larrieux. Who? Amel Larrieux is one half of 90’s R&B duo Groove Theory, who gave us the classic tune “Tell Me”. She’s been keeping it on the down low after her fourth solo album Lovely Standards back in 2007 to focus on her family, but now Amel Larrieux is back! She may be 40 years old, but everything about this new album Ice Cream Everyday is fresh as hell on the R&B tip. Keep Reading >>

new note from amel: detachment

 

This is a word so foreign to so many of us - myself included it is comical. If you’ve studied Yogic or Buddhist philosophy you’re well aware of this idea as it’s commonly considered to be one of the pinnacles of enlightenment, the key to one of the deepest kinds of personal freedom one can experience. For a practicing individual, detaching or letting go of our physical and emotional ownership or attachment to anyone and everything would basically be as close to reaching nirvana as one could hope to get on this earthly plane. Because, if you haven’t any attachments, you probably will also have fewer and fewer expectations, leading you to that state we’re always in but not necessarily IN: presence. And when one is truly present, one can experience BEING without all the distractions of opinion, judgment, desire, better known as “attachment”. Read More >>

 

 

 

 

album review: progressive pulse

Ice Cream Everyday” by Amel Larrieux is a Nourishing Collection of Soulful Gems – Featured Artist & Album Review

Who doesn’t want “Ice Cream Everyday”? This is the  title of Amel Larrieux’s new album that dropped on Tuesday, which is a beautiful melange of soulful, and nourishing gems that fuel the soul, both lyrically and musically. From the opening track and first single, “Afraid”,  the listener is introduced to the incredible flow of lyrics and groove, that seamlessly complement each other as is true for the entire album. Often with music one is seduced by a voice,  or a groove alone. On “Ice Cream Everyday”, or any one of Larrieux’s previous albums, both voice, lyrics and groove work off each other. Who can’t resist smiling when Amel sings, “Like someone slipped me something, And that something’s you. Almost walked into a wall, Imagining your embrace. Had to snap myself out of the thought of your lips and their heavenly taste.” Don’t let the title fool you, this is no light pop album filled with rainbows and trite lyrics. On the contrary the title is meant to evoke a sense of happiness in the small things that occur everyday in life. Put this album on from beginning to end, and remember to enjoy the beautiful everyday process known as life. Read More >>

interview with uptown magazine

What’s your definition of a true artist?  Is it the amount of fame, bright lights and unlimited fortunes in wealth that we as fans of all genres of music brand successful?  I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with singer-songwriter and producer Amel Larrieux as we talked the music business, creativity and life.

 

Who was the one artist that made you say “This is what I truly want to do?”

 

Well…it didn’t happen for me quite like that.  Music was such a normal part of my life, because my parents were artists and I grew up in an artist community.  It was in an actual building were you had to be an artist to live there.  It was such a normal part of my life I thought everyone lived that way (laughs).  So when I visited friends I went to school with and their parents were a Doctor or Lawyer, it seemed like so foreign to me.  So music and all these kinds of artists that influenced me were always around me with stuff I was exposed to.  I don’t think I ever had the moment.  I’ve always been doing it.  The experience has always been a part of me.  I spent two years at a creative & performing arts school in Philadelphia and sung in a choir there as a voice major.  The choir was the biggest rush I can remember that made me realize music was going to be a major part of my life. Keep Reading >>

 

 

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