June 10, 2005

Aroah "En El Patio Interior"

Aroah is Irene Tremblay, a Spain-based American folk singer with a light, lovely voice who specializes in sad, melancholy songs that don't necessarily sound sad. Her latest offering, En El Patio Interior, is a six song EP that quite nicely highlights her talents. Her songs have a sweet, innocent feel; her voice reminds of Nedelle and Mary Lou Lord, but her voice and style are all her own. Her music is twangy, yet never overwhelmingly so, and she's got a jazzy tone to her voice that's quite nice as well. "Keys" and "Blue Room" are about heartbreaks, but aren't obsessively depressing, partially because her voice sounds so warm and sunshine-laced. There's an excellent cover of Lou Reed's "Caroline Says II" that's quite pretty, and the title track is sung in Spanish. Although En El Patio Interior is brief, it serves as a nice introduction to a lovely singer.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.aroah.net
Label Website: http://www.acuareladiscos.com

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