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Light This Candle

by Project Mercury

Lillith Fair singer-songwriter sensitivity mixes it up with classic rock. Blast off with a mercurial collection of rock and modern folk rich with killer female harmonies, violin and plenty of drama and playfulness.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Family of Strangers
3:43 $0.99
2. Enemy Lines
4:14 $0.99
3. Faded Leather
3:10 $0.99
4. At Palisades
5:10 $0.99
5. If I Was a Child
3:48 $0.99
6. Children At Play
3:11 $0.99
7. Please Don't
4:22 $0.99
8. Then I Remember
2:54 $0.99
9. Champagne Afternoon
3:03 $0.99
10. How Did You Get Like That?
3:10 $0.99
11. Light This Candle
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Album Notes
A distinctive, memorable and mercurial mix of rock, modern folk and blues.

Project Mercury serves up ethereal harmonies, haunting violin, evocative guitar and piano. Their first CD, Light This Candle, showcases just what happens when a singer-songwriter comes of age during the reign of classic rock.

Light This Candle whispers, winks and wails, as it takes listeners on a musical journey, with a "space ballad" a la Bowie's Space Oddity... a Kashmir-esque Middle-Eastern epic...and pop at its catchiest. All are united by Project Mercury's signature hooks and intelligent, deeply felt lyrics.

The songs take listeners to unexpected places too, like the launchpad of an astronaut awaiting first flight in the title track...the home of a woman held captive by a known serial killer in Please Don't...and a beloved amusement park in At Palisades.

For fans of Queen, 70's Elton John, Tori Amos, R.E.M., Jewel, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann, Led Zeppelin, Heather Nova, Travis, Pretenders, Sinead O'Connor, Fiona Apple.



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Bryan Baker

an album to which you will return often...very highly recommended.
The press release states that Light This Candle "...showcases just what happens when a singer-songwriter comes of age during the reign of classic rock." Project Mercury takes some cues from Heart and Led Zeppelin. Their music is decidedly acoustic with bent for progressive directions where
elements of Kashmir rise. But Light This Candle is multifaceted, both lyrically and musically. While the music ranges from acoustic rock to sultry blues Project Mercury cuts a clear direction and with solid character. Charlene Donohue's vocals explore harmonies in unexpected places that deepen these songs along with her beautiful violin. Several of Marian Mastrorilli's songs are filled with images of childhood innocence, while she just as easily conjures up visual sexual playfulness and, later, dark violent scars. The title cut shows a unique look at her introduction to astronomy as a 9-year-old and an excitement for space travel; which sounds like a strange topic for a rock song, but in
Mastrorilli's hands it's characteristically pure and simply captures the joy of discovery and wanderlust, while, perhaps, realizing her own unique style and relishing it. This is an album to which you will return often for just such explorations. Very highly recommended.

Tim Goossen

A great album!
Every song on this album is a journey on its own. It's a pleasure to listen to the songs. Very strong compositions! Thumbs up!

Dennis Halsey

A breath of fresh air in the Acoustic Rock scene
Project Mercury are a breath of fresh air in the Acoustic Rock scene, creating a unique sound that I find difficulty comparing to other artists. They have a gift for capturing sentiment through the use of what may seem a simple story. This disc is definitely worth a listen.

Will York

Imagine a non-disastrous meeting between Queen and Aimee Mann
...a rare and surprisingly merger of Lilith Fair singer-songwriter sensitivity and elaborate, 1970's rock-inspired songwriting drama. Frontwoman Marian Mastrorilli's songwriting strikes a balance between directness and subtle complexity, while her vocals are both graceful and engaging. Imagine a non-disastrous meeting between Queen and Aimee Mann.

Tom Dunphy

A confident, sparkling collection
...A confident, sparkling collection of folk-rock tunes...(Marian Mastrorilli and Charlene Donohue's) voices meld tightly on Light This Candle. Project Mercury rockets from the bluesy swing of Champagne Afternoon and the breezy beach pop of Then I Remember to the Eastern-tinged Zeppelinesque stomp of Enemy Lines. At Palisades is a folky homage to the late Palisades Amusement Park.

Ashley Petkovski

Project Mercury have a place with some of today's finest songwriters
Diverse and absolutely lovely, Project Mercury have crafted 11 genuinely beautiful songs on their album Light This Candle. Within Project Mercury lies not only an acoustic rock band, but a female-fronted Led Zeppelin, a campfire folk duo, a sultry jazz combo, and an ethereal goth band.Marian Mastrorilli is terrifically proficient in both her creation and delivery. Each verse is more refined than the next, the whole album ringing of genuine emotion. The pain, joy, lust and love are all tangible after only listen, and the vocal delivery helps to further the emotive impact. Project Mercury have a place with some of today's finest songwriters. Light This Candle is an amazing showcase of individual songs.

Laura T Lynch of

This female fronted band has crafted eleven originals that range from ballads to rockers many with a dash of Middle Eastern tones, jazz and progressive. Project Mercury endeavors to meld acoustic and classic rock with modern folk and the blues into compelling combinations. Their mission is accomplished on this innovative CD. Marian Mastrorilli and Charlene Donohue are both powerful singers with wide expressive vocal ranges. They can start at a whisper and build up to wail all in the journey of a song. Their lyrics are poetic and far reaching. Imagery of childhood, homelessness and evil are undertaken in songs that are dynamic with subtle instrumentation and textured tones. 'Family of Strangers' is the opening track featuring rich harmonizing vocals, violin accents and cool percussion including the conga. The lyrics are powerful in their truthfulness of how families drift apart. 'Please Don't' is the frightening account of a women trapped in her house with a serial killer. The song starts off deep and slow moving to a climatic end in which the heroin survives. The story is told with haunting instrumentation and convincing vocals. Project Mercury lights up the music universe with their most recent CD project!