The Cleansing is the beautiful and hard to define second album from LA-based duo Annabel (lee).
Their latest offering maintains the style of the first album By The Sea . . . and Other Solitary Places with elements of ambient, folk, classical and jazz but also touches on Latin and more acoustic arrangements.
In our recent interview, the duo explained that they made “just the slight alteration of guitar/vocal, duet work, as opposed to an entire album being symphonic. We wanted to share a more intimate side, as it’s a vital part of us, equally as important. So we included a couple of tracks of that nature.”
From the gentle, Bossa groove of “Far,” to the feathery acoustics of “Move With Me,” onto “Paris, Room 14” with its dark and eerie aesthetic the entire record is a warm, bold stroke on an aural canvas, effortlessly moving through embracing melodies and divine soundscapes.
It’s a record that surprises throughout and closing track “Autumn Requiem,” with its sweeping orchestral arrangement and Sheila Ellis’ ghostly voice quite frankly blew our minds.
The instrumentation from Richard E is stunning throughout, but Sheila Ellis masterful penmanship and intoxicating lush vocals steal the show. Spanning thirty-eight minutes over eight compositions, the gorgeous haunting melodies, atmospheric and ethereal textures make this album a must listen and undoubtedly a record of the year contender.
Another enthralling, experimental and engaging set. Brilliant stuff!