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The Echo Inside

by Celeste Lear

"It would seem fitting that the granddaughter of the 8 TRACK CASSETTE inventor would have music in her genes" - Reno Gazzette Journal. Sexy and modern, Celeste Lear, electronic music programmer and skilled vocalist produces wicked down-tempo electronica.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Riddle
4:30 album only
2. House of Glass
4:06 album only
3. Letter From A Train (Downtempo)
4:45 album only
4. Live Passionately
3:53 album only
5. The Highway And The Stars
4:12 album only
6. Want & Need
4:58 album only
7. Tears In The Garden
5:06 album only
8. The Red Forest
5:09 album only
9. In The Middle
4:36 album only
10. Another View
4:28 album only
11. Alive For Just One Day (Downtempo)
5:18 album only
12. Kamila
3:51 album only
13. Similar Creatures
4:29 album only
14. The Face In The Crowd
4:38 album only
15. Mrs. Knievel
3:57 album only


Album Notes
Downtempo, alternative and trip hop artist Celeste Lear, is a 28 year old electronic music producer, programmer, guitarist and vocalist with a degree in sound engineering, her own recording studio and indie record label. Sexy, driving, and modern, Celeste's programming style combines wicked beats, lushious layering and meaningful lyrics for fans of jazz and alternative rock that is blended with electronic music. Sophisticated, sexy and intricate, these songs will lift the listener up and take you through an emotional journey through tales of love, loss and femininity.... If you love the music of PORTISHEAD, MORCHEEBA, MASSIVE ATTACK, POE, TELEPOPMUSIC, TORI AMOS and KATE BUSH - You should get this CD!

"Celeste is an artist/producer with an edgy and intricate vision."
- Music Reviewer, Music Connection Magazine

“On her gripping and tantalizing debut album, Celeste complements her laid-back downtempo electronica with dynamic vocals that ring with harmonic clarity. The beats are exploratory and don’t rely on the time tested normally dull breaks that so many artists turn towards. Funkiness is hidden behind several soundscape layers that finds Celeste whispering of tales that are fantastical yet somehow not too far from reality. Beautiful and engaging from the get-go." - Editor - Smother Magazine

"It would seem fitting that the granddaughter of the inventor of the 8 Track Cassete inventor Bill Lear, would have music in her genes."
Editor - Reno Gazzette Journal

"Celeste Lear is a Los Angeles based artist fusing her programming, guitar playing and vocal skills into some sexy, romantic, downbeat electronica music." - Music Reviewer , AboutEntertainment.com

This hot up and coming 28 year old electronic music programmer, front woman and skilled guitarist is currently emerging from Los Angeles’ underground music scene along with her talented 4 piece band. Following a long line of musical ground breakers from Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, Celeste Lear breaks the confines of gender-labels in Rock and Electronic music by self producing modern, emotionally-driven songs out of her home based recording studio in Topanga. Creatively blending together the musical styles of down-tempo electronica, alternative rock and jazz and inspired by artists such as Bjork, Beck, Sarah Mc Laughlin, POE, Lily Hadyn, Moby and Portishead, Celeste crafts unique, moody and modern, hard hitting music. “Personally illuminating lyrics, reflective of a female’s perspective on life in these modern times”, “Tell tales of love and fears, politics in an era of drastic change and the constant struggle to find one’s self in confusing times.”

Granddaughter of the late Lear Jet and 8 Track Cassette inventor, Bill Lear, Celeste comes from a world famous creative family. Celeste is a unique musician in that she is actually deaf in one ear from a car accident that she endured at age 16. Dubbed “One Ear Lear” by her friends, Celeste went on to study music theory at Cabrillo Community College in Santa Cruz and got a degree in sound engineering and music business from San Francisco State University. Catching the ears of producer David Hauser (Supreme Beings of Leisure), Celeste recorded a batch of songs with him in Reno, Nevada in 2003 and shortly after returning to Topanga had received attention from Arista Records, had won 1st place in the dance category in an international songwriting contest and had the same song placed on a compilation CD called “Femme Fatale” (Toucan Cove Records) featuring “The 12 Leading Ladies of Electronica” which is available at Tower Records and on I-tunes now!

Currently playing and touring with a talented 4 piece band Celeste’s full length album is currently released and up for sale off of her website, on iTunes, and Rhapsody. Please visit her site at www.celestelear.com for more info, a beautiful music video and MP3s also on myspace at: www.myspace.com/celestelear



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kristen mellon

The Echo Inside
A lovely aural environment to visit again and again! Great vibe!
Similar in some ways to the things I like best about Zero 7 & Supreme Beings of Leisure - but all her own - not derivative at all.
Try it, you'll like it!

Kristen Finn

Best thing I've heard in a long time
This CD has not left my player since I got it. If I had to generalize, I would say it falls into the trip hop/electronica category. I’m not a huge fan of that style of music because it tends to be a bit monotonous and cold, but this is different. While it does contain many elements of electronica, it’s much warmer and richer. Celeste has a gorgeous soprano voice and there’s actual instruments, not the computer generated sounds you hear so often in this genre. She deserves to be heard, although with radio shoving the likes of Paris Hilton down our throats and calling it music, that seems unlikely. Too bad because The Echo Inside is the best thing I've heard in quite a long time.

Jessica DeJaifre

Uber sexy, moody, hypnotic
Celeste has an uncanny way of emoting from the heart in the form of song...this moves me in primal ways and touches the rhythm of my cellular structure.

Frank Gualtier

Knows how to hammer out audio delight
With a rich mix of world/electronica/trip-hop'ish/dance and a flair for counterpoint Celeste Lear is a virtual smith of the arts who knows how to hammer out audio delight.

Her voice is sexy and unique. The closest I can compare would be Berlin's Terri Nunn low end (strong -- dramatic) combined with Sarah Rabdau's high end (wispy -- sensual). Close at best -- as I said she's unique. Take a listen -- you will like. She does some really awesome layering and tagging and easily replicates herself at the octave. She also frequently uses her voice as a raw instrument with an innate understanding of the pleasure/pain window.

Not one to slouch she weaves her art sans the synth sustain handicap so often found since synths first became affordable to most individuals. The patches and instrumentation she uses run from traditional guitar and exotic Erhu to rhythmic effect and real world sound synthesis and no excess organs or strings sus'ing would-be dead air between extremes. She leaves no dead air.

Her musical prowess might have you believing that some of the effects are actual instruments when in fact they don't exist. In that sense perhaps H.R. Giger would be her bio-mechanical creative analog except Celeste is much more colorful. Point is -- she could take a box of rocks and a rack of hangers and give them a voice people would want to hear.

I first heard of her from War-N Harrison and Christa Belle (Hungry Lucy)in one of their podcasts. A visit to her website landed my ears on such songs as 'Tears in the Garden' and I've been a Lear fan ever since. In fact if you love Hungry Lucy's music (esp the 'Glo' and 'To Kill a King' albums) you'll most likely love Celeste Lear's music. She does a bit more with eurasian/indo/middle-east sounds, guitar and dance beat whereas HL is a bit more darkwave but overall they compare well.