Eleni Mandell: The Grabs Mp3

Eleni Mandell‘s band, The Grabs, is offering a free, legal mp3 download via Bandcamp from their 2005 debut, Sex, Fashion & Money. Their sophomore album, Political Disco, will be available later this summer.

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Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship

Dengue Fever’s fourth studio album, Cannibal Courtship was just released on April 19th. As I said when I first posted the “Cement Slippers” mp3 back in February: The followup to 2008’s spectacular Venus on Earth again finds the Cambodian psych-rock band singing in English and Khmer. The album also features backing harmonies by Eleni Mandell‘s trio The Living Sisters.

While Venus on Earth had a funkier, multi-cultural take on Khmer rock, the new songs were painted with a more subtle, melodic brush. Yet the new album still has plenty of exotic quirks and psychedelic swirls.

Chhom Nimol’s eerily sultry siren call of “be my sacrificial lamb” in “Cannibal Courtship” is a prime example of why Dengue Fever can’t possibly be compared to anyone else.

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Priscilla Ahn: When You Grow Up

Priscilla Ahn’s new album, When You Grow Up, will be released by Blue Note Records on May 3rd. Featuring songwriting collaborations with Sia, Eleni Mandell and Inara George, When You Grow Up is a lovely little album full of romantic ballads and retro girl pop numbers. Lyrically, the album explores the theme of growth (hence the title) throughout the ups and downs of life and love. Musically, it’s just very, very pretty.

“Oo La La” has a similar retro-influenced girl pop sound as The Living Sisters and, sure enough, it was co-written with Eleni Mandell. I found myself singing along halfway through the first catchy chorus.

The atmospheric ballad “City Lights (Pretty Lights)” was co-penned by The Bird & The Bee‘s Inara George.

“I Don’t Have Time for Love” is a sentimental, sappy and wonderfully gooey love song.

“Empty House” is haunting, melancholy melody reminiscent of songs on Vienna Teng’s Dreaming Through The Noise. Priscilla’s warm voice often reminds of Vienna’s.

The album includes a cover of the Benji Hughes song “Vibe So Hot.” And “Torch Song” is the gorgeous, aptly titled finale.

You can download a free, legal mp3 of the album’s title track at Priscilla’s website.

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Dengue Fever: New Mp3

Dengue Fever will release their fourth studio album, Cannibal Courtship, on April 19th. The followup to 2008’s spectacular Venus on Earth again finds the Cambodian psych-rock band singing in English and Khmer. The album also features backing harmonies by Eleni Mandell‘s trio The Living Sisters. You can download a free, legal mp3 of “Cement Slippers” from Dengue Fever’s new album by entering your email address into the widget below…

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The Living Sisters: Love To Live

The Living Sisters are a new band composed of Eleni Mandell, The Bird & The Bee’s Inara George, and Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark. The group’s debut album will be released March 30th and features the trio singing pretty vintage pop melodies.

“How Are You Doing” blends Andrews Sisters harmonies with an AM radio light twang. The girls croon sweetly on the doo-wop tunes “Ferris Wheel” and “You Make Me Blue.”

“Cradle” puts a sultry spin on a gentle Patti Page vocal style. “Good Ole Wagon” reminds me of She & Him‘s retro-influenced indie sound, but “Hold Back” is pure Eleni Mandell.

“The Mountain Has Skies” reaches the lofty heights of Judy Collins’ angelic soprano. The handclap pop ditty “Double Knots” is the catchiest track on the album.

As I posted before, you can download a free mp3 of the album’s title track by signing up for the band’s email list here.

The Living Sisters – Double Knot (mp3 removed) *

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Vanguard Records

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