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Nancy Newlis
Dreamers 2009
Galumimus Productions
www.nancynewlis.com


Singer-songwriter-pianist Nancy Newlis has a soft-pop brushing like Travis and a folksy throttle relatable to Josh Kelly on her latest CD, Dreamers 2009. Produced by Newlis and guitarist-bassist Jeff Berner, Dreamers 2009 is an easy listening album with melodies stacked in folk-pop esthetics and theatrical piano swags that buttress Newlis' vocals in lacy frills.

The dulcet trimmings and traipsing riffs of "Dreamers" and "Dear Friend" show Newlis' penchant for rhythmic patterns with a casual grazing. Her vocals have a sluggish stroking as her notes rise and twine around the melody. There is a calmness in these songs that penetrates the listener, and infuses the senses with good vibrations. The undulating wavelets of "Social Standing" are inlaid with ornate piano swags which transform into dotting slashes across "Mistakes." The smoky acoustic billows of "What Is It" are tapered by dissonant-cut riffs, and the keyboard crimps along "Good Morning Heartache" are arched by dramatic vocal lines that inject the tune with emotion.

In addition to Newlis and Berner, the recording has a crew that adds fodder to Newlis' campfires including viola player Daniel Platsman, drummer-tambourinist Sarah Singh, guitarist Shane Barnes, and bassist Michael Feinberg. Dreamers 2009 has a folksy lining that is slim on dynamics but heavy on dramatic vocals and poignant punctuations. Her vocals have gusto - able to blow the door right off its hinges and still make the listener feel warm and cuddly.

-Susan Frances

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