Amy Obenski | Kite

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by Amy Obenski

Transcendental Jazzy Folk-Rock. Recommended for anyone who loves Sarah Mclachlan, Joni Mitchell, or Suzanne Vega. Includes "Carousel", featured in season two of the hit TV show, Grey's Anatomy.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Carousel
3:45 $0.99
2. Horizon
4:02 $0.99
3. Take What You've Given
4:40 $0.99
4. I Must Love You
4:22 $0.99
5. Lady of Tomorrow
4:36 $0.99
6. Bomb the World
5:01 $0.99
7. Good-Bye
4:14 $0.99
8. Let Go
3:05 $0.99
9. Sun and Sky
3:05 $0.99
10. As We Go Down
4:53 $0.99
11. Angel's Road
4:31 $0.99
12. All the Same
4:53 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


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This album includes lyrics and unique album artwork.

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Hearing Amy Obenski's voice is like hearing a familiar voice say "Don't worry, it's OK." It's an oddly calming factor that transcends the music that it carries. Recalling such contemporaries as Joni Mitchell, Maria Muldaur, Suzanne Vega and at times Indigo Girls, Obenski has crafted a record that is as enjoyable as it is a healing session for the harried mind.

This is her second record and it's self-produced and self-released to boot. The first cut, "Carousel" is my favorite of the set. With a lazy, sun-drunk piano riff, the hypnotizing aura casts its net on you, drawing you into its web. The song is a vortex you can get lost in with Obenski's voice gently pulling you in.

"Horizon" and "Take What You're Given" are almost pure Joni Mitchell, with her voice fitting around the notes like a glove.

The California native first appeared to the general public in 2003 with her first record, What We Tell. Interestingly enough, she came to the public's attention by her music appearing on the MTV show Made. This occurred after an exec heard her music on someone's iPod and from that they offered her a deal.

"Lady of Tomorrow" is another excellent cut, similar to "Carousel" but a slight touch jazzier. "Bomb the World" is like an early Indigo Girls song. All of the rest of the cuts are solid songs that drip with sincerity, Obenski's voice front and center for the set. This record is perfect for coming home from the office after a harried day of people yapping in your ear. Crafted with care, it goes from beginning to end without a letdown.



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Amy Lostberg of Collected Sounds

Amy's lyrics are lovely
I've been really enjoying this CD. It's very homey, very comfortable. Amy Obenski's voice is pretty without being showy. It adds to the music but does not overpower the whole package.

These songs remind me of some of my old favorites from the 70s. They affect me in a similar way as Audra Kubat's music does. Sort of transporting. Especially " Take What You've Given". It's very soothing, mellow would be a good descriptor. The main instrument here is guitar, but there's a lovely piano on some tunes.

The songs are all well-written but I especially like " Lady of Tomorrow". And it's not just because it uses a piano. I love the melody. The layered vocals are fabulous here as well.

I must also mention that Amy's lyrics are lovely. I am impressed that not only did she write all these tracks (except "Bomb the World" which is a Michael Franti song) but she produced the record and did the artwork.

This is not a "rockin" record, but one that will go perfectly with your morning tea and newspaper.

Estrogenius Radio

Amy Obenski's success as a new artist is impressive
If you're a nascent musician, you may feel as though the likelihood of releasing an album and having it gain nationwide attention must be a struggle bordering on the impossible, even in this era of Myspace superstars. Well, it's not impossible, and I've got the CD to prove it: Kite, by Amy Obenski.

Leo Green

Just fantastic.

Her vocal range is matched only by the compassion and meaning behind her songs - this one is for real!

Sound the Sirens

Introspective thoughts about politics, love and existence.
When it comes to performing and arranging her earnest material, Amy Obenski is a modern folk singer with jazz sensibilities. Her well played, bare bones trio sound effectively conveys her introspective thoughts about politics, love and existence. Her honest sound is accessible without any thought of being commercial.

Shanti Cliff

Kite is high, high, high on my music list!
Amy's voice blends beautifully with her guitar. Her meaningful lyrics combined with her rich voice and clear powerful instrumental work, is grounding and gentle, yet take me on an exquisite journey. This CD is genuine, unpretentious, a breath of fresh air.

Vincent Lowe

Kite flies even in a gentle breeze
Sometimes the voice that changes the world isn't loud or brash, or bold. Sometimes it's the gentle voice of a lovely soul who puts every bit of herself into her craft. This is Amy Obenski. The songs she created for this album speak of peace, of personal fulfillment and of following your dream. Even the darkest song on Kite (Goodbye) is upbeat and cheerful. And the most inspiring songs in the set will have you stand up and get busy -- if you pay attention. Enjoy this album if you're open to songs that frame the conversation for what's possible in a bright future.