Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quick-hitters:: Priscilla Ahn Dream

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It's becoming all too easy to see the name Hotel Café on an artist's bio and assume the music will be enjoyable. Whether it be Cary Brothers, Ingrid Michaelson, Jim Bianco or countless others, the consistency of the releases they put out is kind of staggering. Another name that will soon be on everyone's lips? Priscilla Ahn.

She's been touring around the world opening up for terrific artists, had her songs picked up the trademark TV shows (Grey's Anatomy), been signed by Bluenote and June 10th will mark the release of her debut record - A Good Day. I know I'm painting a description that could be easily transferred to every other artist from the Hotel Café, but Ahn's record is a bit more appealing to me than a lot of the other releases.

The record floats by effortlessly, exposing Ahn's playfulness and penchant for melody. Instead of drum machines and studio effects, her songs are more organic and expose a fragile falsetto and picked acoustic lines. There isn't a sheen of perfection over the record, and it makes it easier to relate to her words; it makes this effort believable.

The first single - Dream - has been looping a lot as we pack up our apartment and head East. The soothing guitar and the slow pulled strings that thicken up the sound off in the distance really set a quizzical tone for Priscilla to ask questions about life. The closing verse seems to sum up everything Nic and I have been talking as we pack box after box:
I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing.

Video:: Dream - Priscilla Ahn

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