was weaned on artists like Tom Waits and X, and her dark and sexy songs
have been compared to those of everyone from Chan Marshall to Patsy
Cline. She has a sometimes smoky, sometimes wistful delivery, and, more
often than not, her songs take on love from some new perspective."
-The New Yorker
Eleni Mandell - a supremely talented and critically acclaimed songwriter with a singular gift for writing wry, literate songs that synthesize jazz, country, folk, blues, rock and pop - will release her new album Artificial Fire this month. The 15-song collection builds on Mandell’s 2007 breakthrough Miracle of Five, adding a more direct, full-band sound to Mandell’s sharp-edged tales of romance, lust and love.
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Mandell has been feeling the love from listeners, critics and fellow
musicians alike. Of Miracle of Five The Los Angeles Times, said
that the album’s “mix of emotional heart and musical command marks a
move into the major leagues of American singer/songwriters.” Bust
magazine wrote that the album, “solidifies (her) place on the pedestal
of indie goddesses like PJ Harvey and Nico.” Elle described it as “an
album of bluesy, sepia-tone postcard sent to possibilities come and
gone.” Pitchfork called it “wry and knowing.” Entertainment Weekly
pronounced Miracle “a perfect bedtime album for grownups who ought to
know better but can’t help hitting the sack dreaming of true love.”
All the songs on Artificial Fire were written by Mandell, but arranged, recorded and produced with her longtime band, allowing the group’s cohesiveness and musical acumen to shape the tracks while Mandell’s articulate lyrics hold centerstage.