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Eleni Mandell’s I Can See the Future draws on the wistful ambiance of early-‘60s pop and country, avoiding the spiky rhythms and ominous moods that characterized her last outing. A failed relationship and the joys of new parenthood are both reflected in these songs, giving the album an emotional duality that mixes shadow and light in equal measure. Mandell’s rich alto vocals take on a dreamy quality that moves away from the hipster jazz-pop of earlier releases toward a more reflective, folk-cabaret approach. Her lyrics are sharp, succinct, and filled with intense emotion. “The Future” (as misty and haunting in feel as the Northern California landscape it describes) and “The Desert Song” (a bittersweet sketch of a fleeting romance) are especially evocative. “Bun in the Oven” and “So Easy” recall Mandell’s past interest in countrypolitan sounds, while “Who You Gonna Dance With” has the easy seductiveness of vintage R&B. Joe Chiccarelli’s production takes a nuanced approach with shimmering keyboards, brushed drums, and sparsely applied strings, adding extra elegance to this outstanding song collection.

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It's relaxing, relatable and perfect for those lazy summer days! Eleni Mandell's voice is amazing.


Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singing and writing in a style that fuses vintage barroom cool with a here-and-now intelligence and faintly ironic wit, Los Angeles hipster Eleni Mandell initiated her recording career with arty-cool albums packed with her smoky, noir-ish sketches. Mandell, who was a huge fan of L.A. punkers X and beatnik revivalist Tom Waits in her teens, was raised in the Sherman Oaks region of the San Fernando Valley, and began performing out during her years as a student at Berkeley. Soon after, she fell under...
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