I Can See the Future

I Can See the Future

by Eleni MandellEleni Mandell


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Far removed from the bluesy and jazzy, angular, noir-filled haze that hovered over much of 2009's Artificial Fire, 2012's I Can See the Future finds the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter grappling with the speed of life with a newfound grace and sensitivity. Flush with the overwhelming joy of motherhood and tempered by the gut punch of being newly single, I Can See the Future feels like a love letter to both, and Mandell, whose hushed and measured delivery has always hinted at the darker of the two forks in the road, sounds remarkably content. Lush, cinematic, and languid, songs like "The Future," with its angelic, Brian Eno-esque synth work, and the Roy Orbison-inspired "Don't Say No" feel like late-afternoon, dead-of-summer hymns, while bouncier numbers like "Who You Gonna Dance With" and the warm and wonderful single "Magic Summertime" find their inspiration in classic Motown, soul, and Brill Building pop, layering sultry grooves with waves of fluttery organ and laid-back horns, sounding for all the world like they were unearthed from a lost Carly Simon or Dusty Springfield session. That said, for all of her torch singer sensibilities, Mandell's voice never rises above conversation level, resulting in a cool and collected vibe that permeates each and every track. Immaculately produced and performed, I Can See the Future is chock-full of breezy, likable retro-pop that's made for people who like their nostalgia delivered through the wonders of modern fidelity, and while it may put off, at first, those with a predilection for Mandell's darker side, it won't take but a spin or two make them see the light.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2012
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457227828
catalogNumber: 2278
Rank: 177565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eleni Mandell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Mark Robertson   Violin
Joey Waronker   Drums
Mike Daly   Acoustic Guitar
Woody Jackson   Electric Guitar
Inara George   Background Vocals
David Mergen   Cello
Zac Rae   Bass,Keyboards
James King   Saxophone
Becky Stark   Background Vocals
Ryan Feves   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
April Cap   English Horn,Oboe
Benji Hughes   Background Vocals
Alex Lilly   Background Vocals
Maia Jasper   Violin
Luke Maurer   Viola
Nathaniel Walcott   Trumpet
Jeremy Drake   Electric Guitar
Penelope Fortier   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Producer
Eleni Mandell   Composer
Sheldon Gomberg   Vocal Producer
Nathaniel Walcott   Arranger

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