CD Review: Doris Brendel & Lee Dunham “Electrica”

I have not written any form of review or feature for quite some time. However much to my delight the wonderfully talented Doris Brendel recently offered me the opportunity to review her forthcoming new album which is very aptly titled Eclectica. After a few apprehensive moments my initial reluctance transformed into eager excitement as I am very proud to have been reviewing Doris’s album releases since 2010. Please pardon my initial apprehension; it was all down to having enough time to write a review which truthfully reflects the sheer musical quality of Doris’s creations. I am almost rendered speechless every time that I am privileged to hearing new work from Doris. The new album Eclectica has taken this to a new emotive level. Every time that I play Eclectica, I hear the album in a new light.

 

Eclectica lives up to its name in so many ways, the delivery and content of superbly crafted lyrics combine with the musical prowess of Doris and her band. I am completely besotted by this new milestone album. It follows on beautifully from the previous album, Upside Down World which Doris Brendel created and released in 2015. So much so, in fact, that the first track on Eclectica was originally written for Upside Down World. It is in fact also the track which was used to gain much audience participation whilst closing the live set which I saw when I was fortunate enough to see when Doris and her band played support to Wishbone Ash at The Cheese And Grain Hall on Frome last November. This thrill factor created by this performance was equivalent to a much longer or even a full set even though it limited to about 20/25 minutes in length.

 

This is the Eclectica tracklist:

The One

Love App

I Rather Wear Black

Crying Shame

Retribution

Animal

Losing It

Death And Taxes

Balloon

One World

 

Anybody who was fortunate enough to see Doris supporting Wishbone Ash during the past couple of years will already have heard some of the amazing new material which is soon to be unleashed with the release of Eclectica. Six out of the ten tracks on the forthcoming album were recorded while the previous album Upside Down World was being created. The four tracks which Doris has written after the birth of Upside Down World are ‘Love App’, ‘Losing It’, Death & Taxes’ and ‘I Rather Wear Black’.

 

Eclectica is a truly exceptional diversity of first class, top drawer tracks which will animate your emotions while exciting your senses. As the cover art suggests it is very much like a set of sliding drawers each filled with an individual musical treat. The album is progressively biased whilst also incorporating some luscious touches of pop, funk, folk and even a hint of medieval plainsong within this delicious selection of tracks. It is virtually impossible to generically categorise Doris Brendel as her music is just so diversely creative. Over the years since her departure from The Violet Hour Doris has created her very own musically creative niche. Alternative Rock would be the easiest tag to use if you needed to categorise Doris Brendel.

 

I have been immersing my senses with Eclectica for some time now and it hits a 10/10 rating with ease. I would almost go as far as to state that this is my album of the decade, the constraint in this statement is due to the fact that I am sure Doris will be releasing another album before 2020!

 

To hear the music of Doris Brendel, check out this live performance of the song “Crying Shame” from the soon-to-be released album of Electrica.

 

The launch gig for Eclectica is being held at The Borderline venue in London on Sunday May 14th. Full details about this gig along with all that you may need to know about Doris Brendel can be found at http://www.dorisbrendel.com.

 

 

 

Doris Blendel ElectricaAlbum credits
Lyrics written by: Doris Brendel (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9) Lee Dunham (track 5), Lee Dunham and Doris Brendel (track 10), and Peter Lockyer (track 3).
Music composed by Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham, with contributions from Lincoln Spalding (track 7)
Produced, recorded & engineered by Lee Dunham
Mastering – Mike Marsh @ The Exchange Mike Marsh Mastering, Devon
Published by Sky-Rocket Recordings


Instrumentation:
Piano –Ed Jones, Doris Brendel and Rich Clark (track 4)
Guitars – Lee Dunham and Andy Powell (solo, track 2)
Drums – Steve Clark (tracks 1, 5, 6, 9, 10) and Sam White (tracks 2, 3, 7, 8)
Bass – Lincoln Spalding (tracks 2, 3, 7, 8), Sparkie Dalton (tracks 5 & 6), Huggy Harewood (track 10), Lee Dunham (track 9)
Vocals – Doris Brendel & Lee Dunham.
Flageolet – Doris Brendel
Harmonica – Terry Dunham
Cello – Emma Dunham
Violins – Emma Robinson & Millie Robinson
Percussion – Lee Dunham
Visual and art concepts by Doris Brendel & Lee Dunham
Album Cover artwork – Igor Morski