Michele Vreeland – Never Not Myself

Written by on April 15, 2010 in April 15, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Michele Vreeland – Never Not Myself

Michelle VreelandOn her bio Michele claims to experience synesthesia, the condition where you can see color in music. This same condition was said to be experienced by Jimi Hendrix who based his album and title track Axis, Bold As Love on that very thing, “My red is so confident he flashes trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria/Orange is young, full of daring but very unsteady for the first go ’round /My yellow in this case is no so mellow /And all of these emotions of mine keep holding me from giving my life to a rainbow like you.

Although Michele’s musicality is not nearly as psychedelic as you would expect based upon that revelation, the incorporation of her storytelling and poetry is strong. The title Never Not Myself is actually a reference from the insert poem. This poem also mentions several elements from the songs on this EP, including Michele’s best friend Nico, the free spirit who seems to be the focus of the song Nico.

The structure of these songs, including Want More and Understanding, are slow tempo acoustic to the point of almost being a cappella, until a sudden burst of full production chorus takes over. This sort of slow burn and boom is great for a live show. Michele is known to perform both solo and with a full band.

A few of the songs that appear on this EP could be singles as they follow all the contemporary pop rock rules; Wanted to Say has an Alanis Morrisette style and approach. The production choice of instruments like violins and chimes seems overdone when compared to the raw quality of these songs. However, the vocal layering on the album is well done, most especially on the song Understanding.

Lyrically the theme here is mostly “persistence of a dreamer” on songs like I’m A Person and LA Dream. The latter as well as Nico have great melodic hooks. Who I Am and Wanted to Say incorporate a lot of trip hop echo beats which sometimes seem disorienting in the mix, but are consistently interwoven making the album cohesive.

Web site: michelevreelandmusic.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/michelevreeland