Emily Randle | Girl of My Dreams

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Girl of My Dreams

by Emily Randle

Bold violin-driven originals, with vocal styles ranging from Joni Mitchell to Trent Reznor. A Jack Johnson-esque beachy uke tune, an 80's dance anthem, and a NIN-esque version of Goldilocks' tale, lit ablaze with a blistering electric violin shred solo.
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1. Itty Bitty
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2. Girl of My Dreams
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3. Bartok / Whipping Post
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4. Baby Bear
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5. Laverne
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6. Drivin' Home Slow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Emily Randle - acoustic/electric violins, vocals
Matvei Sigalov - guitars, ukulele, background vocals
Dan Campolieta - piano, Rhodes, Wurlizter, Hammond B-3
Stewart Myers - bass
Brian Jones - drums
Produced by Emily Randle and Matvei Sigalov
Recorded at White Star Sound, Charlottesville VA
Engineering/mixing - Stewart Myers
Mastering - Fred Kevorkian, Avatar Studios, New York NY

Emily Randle: "Girl of My Dreams"
By Phillip Melbourne
October 26, 2016

With her breakout solo record, Girl of My Dreams, violinist/singer/songwriter Emily Randle delivers thoughtfully-crafted stories, each one a refreshing contrast from the next. As one reviewer notes, listeners wary of today's pop-violin archetypes - elvish fiddlers sawing away to techno beats while dancing in ice caverns, or leather-clad hotties playing Bach in ankle-deep ocean surf - won't be disappointed: "This is not 'that' album," he says. "Get ready."

The EP opens with the catchy violin hook and sunny ukulele strums of "Itty Bitty". A solid in-the-pocket groove is reminiscent of Jason Mraz, and for good reason: it's laid down by Mraz's old friends, veteran studio musicians Stewart Myers and Brian Jones (bassist and drummer on his platinum album "Waiting For My Rocket To Come"). Randle's pure-tone voice and whimsical lyrics portray the wishful inner child longing to "come out and play". Gorgeous Beatles-esque vocal harmonies (written by inventive guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Matvei Sigalov) are interspersed with puckish whistling; the nostalgic doorbell sound of "ding-dong-ditch"; and the peals of a bicycle bell. A word of caution: its infectious chorus will stick in your brain all day.

Channeling her 80's roots with Eurythmics-like drum loops and guitar echoes recalling U2's "Joshua Tree", Randle switches characters with the title cut. The fade-in, a stunning multi-layered string overture, was composed while stuck at O'Hare Airport on a layover. "I was coming back from visiting family in Chicago, and somehow I felt overwhelmed by this melancholy...not sadness for what I've left behind, but grieving and leaving the past...walking away into something new." This "walking" motif can be heard in her canny use of high-heels as percussion: a symbol of femininity, not soft but edgy; not deferential but driven. Her lyrics are, by turns, intimate and brutal: "I said the soft part loud/I'll give you something to cry about/Shoe's on the other foot now"). "Girl of My Dreams" may be the first pop tune to incorporate high heels, whispering, drum loops, and a viola solo, which she wrote the night before at Chris Keup's White Star Sound and executed on her 5-string Realist electro-acoustic crossover.

An introspective stand-out is "LaVerne", the true story of Randle's late mother, who died in 1984 of lung cancer at the age of 44. The lyrics came to her in a single sitting; surprisingly, her song is not about death or grief, but about real life and unrequited love - flawed yet valiant. The Rhodes, flugelhorn, lush strings, and exposed Joni Mitchell style vocals evoke the chill, smoky vibe of classic 1970s folk-rock ballads.

To keep us guessing, "Baby Bear" is a tongue-in-cheek, oddly violent and vaguely sexy version of Goldilocks' tale, as it might be told by NIN on the set of Evil Dead. A wall of guitars is in your face, but make no mistake: the insane solo following the bridge ("Who's been sleepin' in my bed/(I'm gonna lay real still)/Who's been sleepin' in my bed/He said, "I'm gonna tear you to pieces") is not guitar but Randle's 5-string violin, this time with heavy distortion to match her vocals. She laughs while acting out the play-by-play of the video shoot's fight sequence; this and other music videos will introduce her as a virtual artist in addition to the purely musical aspect of her vision.

The violin-led instrumentals "Bartok/Whipping Post" and "Drivin' Home Slow" combine Randle's classical lineage with her improvisational jazz and rock chops. Pianist Dan Campolieta alternately shines and supports, contributing admirably to every track of the album.

Having shared the stage with musicians ranging from Belle and Sebastian to Bjork, Randle brings to the table over 25 years of unusual gig experiences, and has the anecdotes to back them up. Like an infamously-volatile female star who was late to soundcheck because she punched a photographer. And Rod Stewart, who bypassed his soundcheck completely and decided to introduce himself to Randle between songs of his show. "I was right next to the stairs, and he kept running up and down...When 'You Wear It Well' was over and [the audience] was cheering, he came up and whispered right in my ear, 'Spank yourself!' Then he ran away!"

Take a half hour and get to know Emily Randle, who is finally the girl of her own dreams. She is the definition of an independent artist, and as such, she is one to watch for her next chapter.

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