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Melissa Axel


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal, alternative pop with ambient moments.

Status:

Most recent release, Love . Humanity . Metamorphosis (2011)

See also:

Melissa Axel's site

Melissa Axel's MySpace page

CD Baby's Melissa Axel page

Comparisons:

Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Melissa Axel's music is lovely and has a lot of substance. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Free Time ep is her debut

Recordings:


Free Time ep

Release info:

2003—self-released

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Melissa Axel—piano, vocals, synth

Comments:

Melissa Axel has a sweet voice and an eclectic approach to songwriting. This ep has four vocal tracks that are all strong and six instrumentals. I prefer the tracks with words, but that's more a personal preference than any real criticism. Those songs are still intriguingly made. This is a wonderful record. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Transition (EP)

Release info:

2009—self-released

Availability:

See Melissa Axel's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Melissa Axell—vocals, piano

Guest artists:

Kailin Yong—violins (1,2,3), string arrangement (3)
Ryan Drickey—cellos (3)

Produced by:

Melissa Axel; Nick Seley (5)

Comments:

It's been a while since Melissa Axel's last ep, but her style is still recognizable and this new ep is just lovely. This time it's all vocal tracks, which I personally like better than instrumentals so it's all good. "Fall this hard" is a powerful opener with wonderful lyrics about a complex relationship and with superlative piano playing. The title song is equally good, Axel straying close to early Tori Amos in sound and voice. This ep is fabulous and I would love to hear a full length from Axel soon. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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