16 February 2007

Eleni Mandell

And while I’m at it -- at, that is, stumping for softer additions to your musical library -- might I also recommend a newer selection?

Despite not being from Ohio, Eleni Mandell is, as far as I can tell, a genuinely talented songwriter. It helps if you're chummy with Chuck E. Weiss, and can claim Bukowski, Dylan, and Waits as influences. Like Drink Me in perhaps no other respect, nevertheless, her writing is similarly subtle -- which, unlike how that word seems to be used by the critics, does not mean boring or plain. It’s not likely to knock your socks off, but it’s … alluring.

Find her at home here; find her on My Space here. Find her in a clever video here:

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