This EP “Open Spaces” by Seattle based Andrea Desmond (Spectra Records) is sure to be remembered as one of the classic female pop CD’s in recent memory. Its pure femme fatale magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, passion and of course love’s mystery. So who is Desmond anyway? Her music is hard to put in a generalized genre, but she incorporates elements of indie, rock, jazz, folk, and pop. Desmond received training in songwriting under the guidance of Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of such Disney classics as Beauty and the Beast and Alladin. Andrea’s positive attitude along with her sultry sounds, conscious lyrics and high-energy stage presence radiate her pure soul! When one hears Andrea for the first time, it will take the listener from a culture of despair and deliver them to a culture of hope! Her music, along with her sweet and compassionate smile, combined with her angelic voice, will remind you of good times while taking you to another dimension of bliss & harmony. In my own words she’s a singer/songwriter who draws on life’s experiences from both the interior and exterior vantage point. Her musical narrative and striking lyrics deliver sincere and genuine vocal performances. From the first seconds of Track 1”Block the Heart” to the final moments of “Teal Water” this EP hits on all cylinders with a powerful musical landscape full of power and intrigue. One thing that impressed me the most about this album/band is the sheer impassioned pop vibe one gets. There’s also a Pacific Northwest ambience that really sucks in the listener reminiscent of classic Heart, Martika and Celine Dion. Cired influences include the likes of: Regina Spektor music ♥, Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles, Florence and the Machine, Alicia Keys. Desmond is also backed up by some solid players and co-writers, a solid production instinct via his brilliant musical mastermind. Need I say more? The EP is professional grade any way you look at it. The instrumentation and tones give you that genuine feel of good music and writing from a generation ago is still alive. Desmond has a strong visual and her voice sounds as if she is classically trained. She also plays Piano. All members in her band are solid musically. Kudos goes out to the amazing songwriting. I always said you can sell what you don’t truly believe, Here Desmond captures Lighting in a bottle that will ring true not only for older more experienced listeners but new ones as well. My favorite tracks: “Block the Heart” and “Run.” “Open Spaces” EP wraps up a well rounded 6 track set that delivers an interesting cross section of classic pop and female singer/songwriter. Despite this it is accessible to modern day listeners as well. How is this possible? Only an experienced artist armed with an honest, genuine, sincere approach can pull it off.
Posted by Scottie Carlito
edited by Markus Druery