Let's Fly a Kite

Let's Fly a Kite

by Eleni Mandell


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Something magical can happen when an artist manages to accurately capture a very defining time or era in their life. In 2010, L.A. native Eleni Mandell gave birth to twins by means of an anonymous sperm donor, dramatically changing the way she managed her career. Over the course of her previous eight albums, Mandell's songs have examined life, love, and human nature from a multitude of angles, but rarely has she sounded as focused as she is on Let's Fly a Kite. Balancing the priorities of being a single mother and professional musician, these 12 songs find her re-examining the richness of her new life to find a calm satisfaction. Following a 2012 tour with Nick Lowe, Mandell befriended both Lowe's backing band and his longtime producer Neil Brockbank. When they decided to make an album together, there was a very short window for it to happen causing her to write a specific set of new songs for the band rather than slowly piece her material together over time. The result is a unique and charming snapshot of Mandell's changing life paired with a group of musicians who specialize in live, single-take performances. Brockbank's breezy arrangements are a perfect companion for Mandell's rich, melodious voice and there is a playful immediacy throughout the record. Songs like the jazzy "Put My Baby to Bed" and "Maybe Yes" are sharply written and full of clever turns of phrase exploring the singer's world of motherhood and romance. There are austere country-flavored pop songs like the wonderful "Little Joy" and "Cool Water," full of infectious melody and a gentle joie de vivre. There is an overall sense of it being the right album at the right time for Mandell which is something that doesn't happen very often in an artist's career.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457236226
catalogNumber: 2362
Rank: 281389

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eleni Mandell   Primary Artist
Geraint Watkins   Keyboards
Neil Brockbank   Vibes
Bob Loveday   Violin,Recorder
Kate St. John   Accordion
Greg Townson   Guitar
Robert Trehern   Percussion,Drums
Martin Winning   Wind
Matt Radford   Bass
Matt Holland   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Angie Pollock   Background Vocals
Tucker Nelson   Vibes

Technical Credits

Neil Brockbank   Producer,Engineer
Kate St. John   Arranger
Robert Trehern   Producer
Eleni Mandell   Composer
Matt Holland   Arranger
Eric Ernest Johnson   Paintings
Tucker Nelson   Engineer

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