“The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.”
If you’re a fan of english literature, you may recognize this quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
And if you did, you also have something in common with singer/songwriter Alison Sudol.
Deriving her band’s name from the work, Sudol is not only fascinated with liturature but is also fascinating to listen to.
I’ve been a fan of hers for a few years now and I can honestly attest, her music captivates me unlike any other.
If you were born in 1984, one might assume that grew up listening to such artists as Perl Jam, Duran Duran or even Madonna.
Unlike her peers, Sudol’s taste in music was much more mature.
Drawn to swing and jazz, Sudol’s took a liking to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin and thus, embarking her future as an artisan of music.
It was these great musicians that grounded her musical roots, creating a musical identity that continues to influence a new generation of listeners today.
I think the best way to describe Sudol’s style of music would be natural beauty.
There is nothing processed or over tailored in her tracks.
Simply raw sounds colliding with acoustic charm and whimsy.
After two years of professional success with her first album, One Cell in the Sea, Alison Sudol toured her way through Europe and has become quite a renewed musician at the age of twenty four.
Yet, she always returns back to the states, becoming one of one of the most inspiring upcoming artists in the journey.
As I mentioned earlier, Sudol’s work is much different than typical artists today.
While her genre of choice is considered pop, her blend of piano, strings and woodwind instruments defines her work as an artist verses a singer.
In her earliest album entitled, One Cell in the Sea, most of the tracks focused around her etherial voice and the subtly of a piano with minimal or no percussion.
As she has matured with her craft, the essence of her original sound remains but with an added layered texture.
It is this increased musicality that has escalated her songs from a soft acoustic vibe to a mainstream style with a kick.
Either way, you can’t really go wrong.
Her latest single, Coming Around, from her new album, Bomb In a Birdcage, you can hear how her signature style continues to change as she matures in her career.
“We seem to even be missing the start. No one else but you and me have a say and we’re coming, we’re coming around.”
Feeling a more rock/pop vibe, her work is transitioning into lush and divergent arrangements but like her singing style, her lyrics are poetry, not just words.
Beaming with talent, Sudol’s work has not only become a part of my musical identity but continues to change the game amongst her fellow musicians and listeners everywhere.