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.