Friday, March 9, 2012
By DAVID MALACHOWSKI
ALBUM: “Adieu” (digital only)
Together since 2010, New York City pop duo Lexelle is singer Danielle Cardona and guitarist Alex Simon. Cardona has ties to this area, she has lived in West Hurley and attended Onteora and was a fashion model in New York City until her focus shifted to writing and playing music, then a collaboration with Simon developed.
Simon is known for his gypsy jazz playing in the Big Apple and brings hooks and textures and even the rare guitar solo in a dance music setting.
Their pop, dance, new romantic fare is quite intriguing if not groundbreaking. Though it’s undeniably dance music, it travels far beyond the cliché predictable sounds with hypnotic loops and keyboards and generous helpings of guitar.
Like in the intoxicating “Adieu” where Cardona’s voice simply soars. Soon, the retro “Dime A Dozen” is more cutting, angular and aggressive as she sings sardonic about “beautiful girl, you’re just a dime a dozen” as Simon offers impressive flurries of Django Reinhardt-like licks.
“Done” sounds like the music played on a satellite in orbit with it’s huge pounding four on the floor beat. She sings about “losing control” in the very Euro “Love Switch,” the dreamy “Chance” is a highlight, with some very fluid guitar from Simon (guitar solos do not appear often in dance music) while in the reluctant “Part Time Girl” she sings about romantic purgatory.
Simon’s skillful guitar certainly bring this project up a notch, but it’s all about Cardona and her emotive voice.
This is a digital only release, you can go here for a listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/lexelle
David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock. The Freeman seeks CDs by local artists or artists appearing locally for review. Please send all CDs (please, no CD-Rs or demo CDs) to Daily Freeman c/o Preview, 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, N.Y. 12401