Marina Allen - Candlepower
On her debut album, Candlepower, California's Marina Allen seems to have tapped into an almost-forgotten world of innovative pop song-writing that is, at once, beautifully accessible, and thrillingly off-centre and original.
Opening track, 'Oh, Louise' begins with a lilting cinematic wistfulness, but, forty-five seconds in, a drum-fill signals the beautiful bittersweet hook-laden pop song, whose melody is as classic as a summer road-trip with a mixtape full of your favourite Carpenters and Broadcast songs.
There are clear influences that will be familiar to anyone that ever listened to AM radio - Joni Mitchell, America, Kate Bush, Tim Hardin, Carole King - but far from creating a record that's derivative, Allen instead takes her cues from the inventiveness of these pop pioneers and creates in Candlepower a record that pushes at the boundaries of what pop music can be, and embarrasses the glowing mysteries of nighttime, along with the sunshine adventure of endless summer days.
- LP contains download coupon
- CD housed in card jacket with 4mm spine and inner sleeve
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