Electro-duo Mavie Marcos and Josh Gabriel hail from The City Of Angels
and angels may well have had more than a little to do with the sound of
their debut album 'You Once Told Me'. Andain's compositions, although reliant
upon the labours of many machines for their existence, have a musical
sensibility which transcends the technology by virtue of its clear regard
for both structure and melody. There are some stunningly beautiful tunes here.
Ms Marcos has a truly lovely voice; pure of tone and a tad otherworldly
without ever sounding anything less than unaffected and sincere. Nothing
is forced; it is an instrument I'd want by my side at the end of the world.
From the beautifully-paced anthemic opening track 'Turn Up The Sound' and the
subtle open-textured rhythms of 'After' (almost channeling Dead Can Dance); the
soft-shoe-shuffling late-night delights of 'What's It Like' and the jangling
percussive patterns and gently soothing vocal of 'Find Your Way', we are never
left in any doubt that our hosts have the best interests of our inner-ear at heart.
The final sublime track 'Taken Away' is alone worth the price of purchase.
I could have listened to a whole lot more. Roll on the next installment.