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US Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake to Dream”

5 Feb

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Lindsay Bellows

Wake to Dream

Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the real driving element to this set. Each song features multiple layers of singing that showcases so much talent and style. Musically the sound has a pop meets R&B and jazz kind of vibe. The instrumental elements in general take a back seat to the vocals, though. This is quite an entertaining set. I’d love to hear more from this talented artist.

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Track by Track Review
Slow Steady
Piano is a big part of the arrangement here. The vocals really sell it, though. There are multiple layers at times. I like the soulful kind of vibe to this. It’s very much a pop styled tune, but there is jazz and more in the mix.
Wake Up
The acapella motif at the start of this cut is quite soulful. It also holds the tune for a decent amount of time. The sounds that join are understated and quite jazzy. The multiple layers of vocals are definitely the standout element on this piece.
Part Life
Again the vocals are the real magic here. This is musically a bit playful. It’s a catchy pop music based kind of thing.
Wild And Free
I love the jazz vibe to this cut. It’s so cool. I think this is my favorite tune here. The vocal performance is every bit as strong as on the other tunes. It’s just that the musical arrangement comes up to meet it. The bass work here really shines, too. As a bassist, I know that grabs my attention, too.
Simple Gifts
There are some percussive elements (and a bit of other instrumentation) here, but overall this is an acapella number that’s very cool. It’s another highlight of the set with more of those great multiple layers of vocals.

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Canada Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake to Dream”

31 Jan

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LINDSAY BELLOWS – Wake To Dream

Linday Bellows 2017

LINDSAY BELLOWS - Wake To Dream

LINDSAY BELLOWS –
Wake To Dream

Locating the spirit of a city, Californian songstress embraces the whole wide world.

Fiercely independent, Lindsay Bellows usually treads the stage alone, and she conceived this, her debut EP, as an a cappella album. Given an instrumental layer, it turned out better – by focusing the light on the young artist’s tremendous talent and on the many surprises that her songs are comprised of. Joie de vivre oozing out of the record’s cover may say nothing about Linday’s music’s bluesy slant, yet that’s what made “Wake To Dream” so peculiarly perfect.

The handclaps-propelled, spiritual “Wake Up” could induce a blissful trance, but it’s here that Bellows’ lungs reveal their real power, and the soulful musings catch on universal jive, while guitar and bass caress and tickle the simple, if infectious, rhythm and intricate, multi-tracked vocals. There’s no need for transcendence, though, as the lighter beats of “Part Life” make a jungle groove contemporary without ever losing the artist’s integrity to the “tribe” she’s claiming to belong to.

Gracious in “Wild And Free” which can easily lend itself to hip hop treatment, her music is also intimate and sultry; even more so in the bossa-smeared “Simple Gifts” whose engaging lyrics and melody must attract Paul Simon’s attention. The title of “Slow Steady” perfectly reflects its pace: building gradually from unhurried piano chords up, Lindsay’s lines on this piece are stacked carefully, yet precariously, to create an aural pyramid where the melody is rolling over voice loops – that’s why Bellows is self-sufficient on-stage – before her stately walk is turned into a mesmerizing parade of passion.

“I am exactly where I’m supposed to be – perfect place and perfect time,” sings Lindsay, and indeed, her time has come.

*****

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Belgium Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake To Dream”

27 Dec

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LINDSAY BELLOWS: WAKE TO DREAM

13/12/2017

 

Translated:

 

The miracles are not out of the world. Any healthy-minded individual who dared to claim less than a few days ago that your reviewer would venture to the same R & B picture up to five times in the near future was considered ready for collocation. However, the miracle has happened. More than that, there is no “Wake to dream” of Lindsay Bellows, a young wench with dark, curling locks, who can access the CD-device on duty. Before your thoughts run wild, we call (royal plural) mitigating circumstances: the discussed work is a piece of cake.

 

Five numbers that undoubtedly can count on a lot of support in hip-and-trendy lounge bars. At least this is what your reviewer suspects. In the foregoing, exact science must make the thumbs up against the intuitive assumption. Subsequently, apart from a lack of expertise in R & B, there is no affinity with lounge bars of the hip-and-trendy caliber. Some research into the style of Miss Bellows, however, teaches us that she would prefer to categorize her musical adventure as folk pop with R & B vocals. If the child only has a name. This notwithstanding – the self-willed stubbornness of your servant takes the upper hand – the picture evokes associations with ‘Irreplaceable’ from Beyoncé rather than – I call it – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by The Waterboys.

 

Interesting fact for the musicians among us: the graceful Bellows is a proficient user of the loop station. Layer-after-layer, with her own voice, she builds backing tracks, about which she sings the final leads. No rule without exception, for ‘Wake to dream’ Lindsay surrounded himself and assisted by a group of skilled musicians. The result is full and very professional sounding songs.

 

Honest … although underwriting is rather R & B-unworldly (understatement), the debut of Lindsay Bellows charmed. The fact that the disc is going to be turned gray is pulled by the hair, but it can count as an approach to the genre.

 

Jan Coonen (3 ½)

‘Lindsay Bellows can be described as the perfect blend between Beyoncé and KT Tunstall, looping her Beyoncé-like voice into soulful pop songs’

 

Big Blend Radio Interview: Lindsay Bellows

20 Dec

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LINDSAY BELLOWS: WAKE TO DREAM

Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with singer-songwriter Lindsay Bellows who discusses her music career, the story behind her new EP “Wake to Dream”, and living in Nevada City, California.

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The magic of Lindsay’s artistry is immediately apparent when she is on stage: Songs are built from scratch, bringing together melodies, harmonies, and percussion using only her voice and a loop pedal, intimately revealing one part at a time to the audience. Given her background as a one-woman/loop pedal powered songwriter and performer, the WAKE TO DREAM EP started as an all-acapella project; however, during the recording process at Cedarsong Sound in Northern CA, Lindsay and Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Spencer Williams agreed that, without the excitement of building a song from scratch in a live setting, the recordings needed something more. As a result, collaborators were invited to add instrumentation and embellishment to the original vocal loops, finally creating the perfect groove.

On the WAKE TO DREAM EP, Ananda Vaughan rocks the guitar, Jared May slays the bass, Makila Wind adds in the twinkling sounds of a Rhodes and a baby grand piano, Beau Askew jams on his kit, Jason O’Keefe adds layers of percussion, and producer Spencer Williams ties it all together. Williams also mixed the album with input from Jason Kendall, and the project was mastered by Oz Fritz.

Influenced by singers as diverse as Etta James, Stevie Nicks, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco, Zap Mama, and Adele, LINDSAY BELLOWS crafts authentic and sincere compositions that showcase an artist wise beyond her years. Her music provides an unflinching view of her own journey away from the struggles of the urban rat race, and into the golden foothills and redwoods where she finally found a place to call home. LINDSAY has not always been a professional musician, but spent years working as a management consultant for a large global company in a repeating pattern of waking, working, eating, and sleeping. Her songs share her awakening to a life of greater joy and meaning, and plant seeds of encouragement for others to do the same.

When performing LINDSAY BELLOWS weaves together light-hearted folk/pop with fierce R&B vocals to create music that ignites the spirit and soothes the soul. A naked solo is gradually dressed up with rich vocal layers until this one-woman act begins to sound more like a soaring choir or a pulsing multi-piece band. Whether using her sublime looping technology on her solo sets or fronting a full band, LINDSAY BELLOWS’ revelatory tones sing us out of the city and into the starry skies. All-original songs are driven by her raw, impassioned vocals, along with dynamic instrumentation that blends playful percussion with melodic keyboards and guitar. Her lyrics delve into her intimate personal sojourn and spin a story of unrest – of being caught between two worlds – serving as an inspiring reminder of the power that music can have in transforming our lives.

The WAKE TO DREAM debut release could not have come at a better time. As the world is engulfed in turbulence and chaos, Lindsay’s music gives us two things we need: hope and a way through. Her lush and liberating songs are delivered with verve and vitality — they can range from deep and vulnerable to flirtatious and clever, but never fail to remind us to let our troubles shape us, fuel our activism and our joy, and to dance, dance, dance.www.LindsayBellowsMusic.com

Belgium Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake To Dream”

12 Dec

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Belgium review translated:

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Five self-composed songs that were recorded in a recording studio in Nevada City, California together with a number of local top instrumentalists. That is briefly summarized in what you can expect from the epic “Wake To Dream” by Californian singer-songwriter Lindsay Bellows from Grass Valley.

This young lady has soul music flowing through her veins, especially through the influence that her parents’ records have had on her youth and her musical development. They played all those beautiful R & B and soul songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson, in short songs from those artists who also still regularly ring through the living room with the undersigned.

It is her first roll on record, but it will certainly not be her last, because she will undoubtedly very quickly come up with a full-fledged studio album, we are firmly convinced after listening to “Wake To Dream”. Her sense of melody, vocal harmony and emotions in the songs is special and genuine.

We can already see that when we hear the groovy song “Slow Steady”, the first song on this cd and also to listen to via the video added here. Lindsay Bellows often makes use of her voice and a ‘loop pedal’ that takes care of the repetitive sounds. This is also the case with the songs “Wake Up” and “Wild And Free”. As a result, these songs are often sober and minimal instrumental, which makes them even more attractive. Hardly more orchestrated are the two songs “Part Life” and the cheerful sounding poppy closing “Simple Gifts”.

Lindsay Bellows had an ‘8 to 5’ office job as a management consultant for many years, but if she can sit down with her for a bit, she will spend her time on some stage just outside those ‘8 to 5’ hours in the following years. songs are allowed to sing. We may not need to clarify that an unlikely dream would come true for this young woman.

 

 

Michael Doherty’s Music Log Review: LINDSAY BELLOWS “WAKE TO DREAM”

30 Nov

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

Lindsay Bellows: “Wake To Dream” (2017) CD Review

The debut release from Lindsay Bellows, Wake To Dream, is a delightful EP of pop music with folk elements and soulful vocals, and plenty of positive vibes. It features all original material, written by Lindsay Bellows. Joining her on this CD are Ananda Vaughan on guitar, Jared May on bass, Beau Askew on drums, Makila Wind on keys, and Jason O’Keefe on percussion, with Spencer Williams on drums on certain tracks. This is a disc I appreciate more each time I listen to it.

Lindsay kicks off the CD with “Slow Steady,” one of my favorite tracks. It has a cool, kind of playful opening with a simple groove on keys and vocals, and I’m hooked from the start. There is also something quite catchy about this song, and it, like all the tunes on this EP, features hopeful and encouraging ideas. Check out these lines: “When I reach too far ahead, there is nothing to hold onto/Fall too far behind, and I’ll never catch up/Release the things I caught and crave/Make peace with things I hate.” Toward the end of the song she sings, “I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.” How often do we feel that way? Spencer Williams plays drums on this track.

Lindsay’s vocals are the focus in “Wake Up,” which begins with lines delivered a cappella. In this song, she offers a positive image of a reality. “I woke up and I saw things in a different way/Words changed meaning, darkness faded/People I know, places I’d been/Didn’t look the same/But this is a beautiful world.” While she’s singing of her own personal experience, the fact that the song is titled “Wake Up” and not “Woke Up” indicates a reaching out to others, like she wants everyone to have the same positive experience that she’s had. Pretty cool. That’s what we need these days. “Heal each other/Listen.” Plus, I dig that bass line.

“Part Life” has more of a pleasant, bright folk vibe, and is another of my favorites. There is something catchy about this one too. These lines certainly speak to me: “Stuck in my head about my day, all I did and didn’t do/Set on a schedule, I can’t miss a beat/Gotta eat, fall asleep, wake up, work, cycle, repeat.” What strikes me especially is that part about being stuck on the things I’ve done with my day as well as the things I haven’t done. How often do we measure our days by little accomplishments and the things we did not accomplish? “This is only a part life that I’m living/Only part of me is alive/And that part is part of something greater, I know/And I can’t wait to feel what that’s like.”

“Wild And Free” has a cool, kind of sexy vibe and attitude, and features more good work on bass. “Climb the tree of life and I eat that fruit/Eyes opening now, I start seeing the truth/The only way to survive is to turn to our roots.” The EP then concludes with “Simple Gifts,” a cheerful pop song offering advice and reminders, such as “Don’t try to get rich, just surround yourself with friends” and “You don’t need an important job to do important work.”

CD Track List

  1. Slow Steady
  2. Wake Up
  3. Part Life
  4. Wild And Free
  5. Simple Gifts

Wake To Dream was released on November 7, 2017.

POSTED BY MICHAEL DOHERTY AT 10:07 PM

 

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