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Notes From The Treehouse [CD]

Alessi's Ark Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Oh, by now, I must have grown”, Alessi Laurent-Marke croons beautifully, four songs into her stunning sophomore album Time Travel. And hasn't she just - not yet 21 but already a seasoned pro, having recorded her debut album aged just 17, with members of Bright Eyes, and touring with the likes of Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. Time Travel is the first Alessi's Ark ... Read more in Amazon's Alessi's Ark Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magic Weather
2. The Horse
3. Over The Hill
4. Ribbon Lakes
5. Constellations
6. The Asteroids Collide
7. Woman
8. Memory Box
9. Hummingbird
10. The Dog
11. Glendora (Includes Hidden Track 'Cotton And The Thread')

Product Description

BBC Review

Equal measures Morcheeba, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Laura Marling and Bat For Lashes: enter London singer/guitarist Alessi Laurent-Marke and her whimsical lounge LP Notes From The Treehouse.

Breathy, folky, dreamy, pretty music bursts out of your speakers as 18-year-old Alessi begins with Magic Weather. Its peculiar lyrics, feathery harp and Alessi's impish melodies are the perfect introduction to this quirky acoustic star.

The Horse continues with the fairytale theme: just 2.14 minutes short, it may end abruptly but the message of unavailable love is delivered sweetly.

Sweeter still is Over The Hill with its simple ''I love you'' hook, layered guitars and wispy hints of adultery: ''It's just a shame that from the very beginning you've always been her man''.

It is at this point that you realise this cutesy-sounding, buttery bringer of folk fairytales isn't so angelic as she seems. Puppy dog eyes, yes, but don't all mistresses flutter those?

Still, older-than-her-years Alessi excels when coupling these gripping tales with her eccentric vocal and happy-go-lucky melodies. Venture too far to the left, however, and quirky becomes try-hard.

Constellations, for instance, aptly floats off into outer space; lost on many mere mortals. The Asteroids Collide - with its Bjork tribute band vibe - is also way too weird for the average ear.

Still, these cuts are in the minority and are easily outshone by a plethora of gorgeous melodies (Hummingbird, in particular, haunts and excites). What Alessi's Ark has achieved with Notes From The Treehouse is an accessible, magic box of acoustic tricks for that all-important wider audience. --Elle J Small

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CD Description

Debut full-length album from this hotly-tipped, London-based artist whose work has already invited comment that she may be "the next Laura Marling". Notes From The Treehouse features musical contributions from members of Bright Eyes: the songs themselves are winsome, spooky, psychedelic folk tunes.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Pleasant 15 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ms Laurent-Marke (aka, with add-ons, Alessi's Ark) is
yet another MySpace baby launched out into a big,
bad, dangerous musical world.

'Notes From The Treehouse' is, on the whole, a perfectly
pleasant experience. It's not rocket-science and nothing
wrong with that of course.

Ms L-M has a perfectly pleasant voice and has written
twelve perfectly pleasant songs for her album debut.
( You're probably getting the idea by now so I won't labour the point ! )

Quaint, insubstantial ditties, inoffensive and not especially memorable.
Music for a wet Sunday afternoon indoors.

If forced to choose I would probably pick 'Woman' as the best
of the bunch. A little mannered, a little hippy-trippy.
Ms L-M shapes the fragile melody and words in a curiously
affected way. It is to be hoped that this way of singing
does not settle down into a fixed habit for the future.
Its appeal will be limited. She is young however and with a
few tweaks and shakes the future may yet be bright for her.

In 'Hummingbird' we might imagine finding her singing in a
sunlit forest clearing surrounded by men in green tights
dancing and playing recorders. ( Then again we might not! ).

Final track 'Cotton and Thread' finds our heroine snuffling
and shuffling around ambiguously but managing at the same
time to create what is perhaps the most distinctive and
original composition on the album.
If she is able to hold her nerve and distil her muse there
are indications that exploring such an imaginative seam may
reap richer rewards in the future.

The production and musical accompaniment is a tad stodgey
and unrefined. Homogenous and lumpen truth-be-told.

A Singer/Songwriter with potential not yet fully realised.

Time alone will tell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another teenage wonder ! 3 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Talked about as the next Laura Marling ! which is actually a bit unfair to both of them.Simply because they are both 18ish, British female singer songwriters doesn't mean their music is similar , they're not. She's probably closer to Laura Veirs than Laura Marling and even that's stretching it a bit. Her voice reminds me most of an Australian teenage singer songwriter Lisa Mitchell. Anyway I won't try and describe the music, suffice to say it is intelligent beyond it's years and quirky and varied and well worth buying as is the Horse e.p and for that matter so are all the artists mentioned above. All absolutely amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic album! 13 Mar 2011
By Mark
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album really is great, wonderful unique child-like voice but with intelligently put together lyrics with sublime harmony's, i've lost count to how many times i've listened to it, just keeps getting better with each listen, together with the also excellent "horse ep" and soul proprietor ep" i for one can't wait for the new release on 25th april.
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