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Until The Light Of Morning: Original Lullabies For Babies And Grown Ups [CD]

Essie Jain Audio CD
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Until the Light of Morning, an album of beautiful lullabies by acclaimed NYC-based singer / songwriter Essie Jain, is a joy for adult listeners as well as infants. Inspiration for the project came from different corners. Jain's soft, measured voice and elegant piano and guitar melodies on her two previous albums, We Made This Ourselves and The Inbetween, were recognized for their calming and comforting effects, and the idea was born for a longer work created especially for winding down to sleep. Original compositions are rare in most children's music, so these songs are a delightful alternative to the endless cutesy versions of traditional melodies or pop tunes. In her own words: I always felt very clear on how I wanted this album to unfold. Having been lucky enough to spend so much time with my friends and families kids, I came to understand that there were three parts to putting a baby to bed, and that they were all equally essential. The winding down time, where they are soothed and comforted, then the moment they are just about to fall asleep, and then the time that follows when their dreams are emerging with a deep sleep. I wanted to give all those elements in the album, so it unfolds, settles and effortlessly follows that natural rhythm. Until the Light of Morning was recorded in New York by Jain on vocals and piano, with her husband and regular collaborator Patrick Glynn on guitar, plus Jon Mizrachi on baby glockenspiel and Rob Jost on bass."

BBC Review

Well this certainly isn’t the third album fans of New York-based English singer Essie Jain might’ve been expecting. Rather than follow her two previous collections with further evolved excursions into indie-folk, she here presents a deliberately stripped-back collection designed, quite specifically, to lull a baby to sleep. The good news for any puffy-eyed parents reading these words: there seems every chance that Until the Light of Morning will work a treat.

So it’s a children’s album, effectively, any lyrics simple and delivered clearly. The sequencing makes for a natural passage from story time to deep sleep, with opener What a Big Wide World talking of making dreams come true while chimes ring out around easy rhymes about cuddly bears. The final two tracks are elegant piano instrumentals – nothing fancy, but wonderfully performed and truly soothing.

Of particular note here is Tip Toes, perhaps the most brilliant four minutes on show. No words, just Jain alone at the piano. To a baby it might well point the way to the Land of Nod; to an adult, it’ll shut out the world for a brief spell, and maybe even encourage the tiniest of lumps to lodge in the throat courtesy of its exquisite form. Lay it over any instance of self-reflection and it ups the emotional ante tenfold. The Magic Star, the only vocals gentle "oohs", is similarly enveloping.

A storybook and more products to complement this release are planned – baby clothes are already available (though at the prices being asked for, perhaps get the grandparents to cough up) – but they’re unnecessary extras, really. This release works just fine on its own, at least to grown-up ears. And should anyone who’s put it to the test on their offspring want to confirm its effectiveness at bed time, please do let us know.

--Mike Diver

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"Her hushed, restful voice delivers soothing, mellifluous but never sentimental tales of slumbering animals, magic stars and space ships" -- **** Mojo

"Jain is often compared to Sandy Denny, and there's a sense here that she is comfortably maturing into a style of her own." -- Pitchfork

"Sparsely arranged, Jain's melancholy alto is perfectly suited to the task"
-- **** Q
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