Stefanie Seskin | The Edge of Reason

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The Edge of Reason

by Stefanie Seskin

Rock & Pop, emotional and intense, like Kate Bush mixed with Pink, a little blue eyed soul and jazz
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Your Own Road
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2. Chill Now
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3. Estrangement
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4. Jerking My Chains
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5. Nasty
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6. Nothing To Say
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7. I Just Keep On
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8. Stay Where You Are
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9. No Such Thing
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10. Be Like You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As the mesmerizing lead singer and songwriter for blue number nine, Stefanie Seskin has been energizing the rock/ soul/ pop scene since 1995. A decade later, Seskin has reached completion on a new project, a solo album which gives audiences a new twist on her version of soul: The Edge of Reason.

Fans of blue number nine have become quite familiar with Seskin's strong, sexy voice. She belts out her lyrics with sensual, at times bluesy flavor and sets the stage on fire with her infectious energy. For her solo project, Seskin maintains that same energy, that same soulful delivery, but there is another element here: a sense of maturity that allows Seskin to build around her previous work and create a new sound for herself.

Seskin's compositions range from soft and airy to downright sultry, demonstrating an understanding of a variety of genres without being limited by any style in particular. On "Chill Now," Seskin delivers a jazzy performance that almost sounds like an ode to inner city hip hop flavor, while on "I Just Keep On" Seskin delivers a performance that speaks to the heart of rock, with a passionate chorus that reverberates in your head like a dream.

Seskin recruited the amazing Luca Santaniello as the drummer for her solo project. Santaniello's beats seem to ricochet around the skull, forcing your body to move with the groove. She is also accompanied by Marco Accattatis on bass and Luca Tozzi on guitar. Accattatis creates moving bass riffs for each song, sometimes following the drums and other times seeming to harmonize with Seskin's lyrics. Tozzi can lay down a guitar that sounds like it came straight from Motown or play softly, lifting Seskin's voice as if on a cloud.

Seskin recruited a number of additional players for her solo project including bassoon, trumpet, some wonderful keyboards, and even an appearance by Terrence B. and Paul Munoz, from the band BELT, as back up singers. Added to this cornucopia of talent, The Edge of Reason also shines as a result of its engineering. The addition of ambient noises, loops, and samples give her soulful songs a new and unique dimension.

Central to each song is Seskin's beautiful voice and her obvious talent for writing meaningful lyrics. The subject matter of her songs moves from romance to loneliness, rejection, and joy and delivers a strong message for those who pay attention. Seskin is, above all else, a poet and a songwriter.

"I'm very emotional." She says, speaking about her inspiration for songwriting "I communicate much better in writing than verbally, so some songs are communications to the people in my life - things that I simply can't get out of my mouth in the moment." Seskin's songs do seem, at times, to tell a story. Whether that story has a happy ending or not depends on Seskin's mood. "Sometimes, the words aren't so nice!" She says. "Other times, they are pure love."

Whether recording and playing with blue number nine or working on her songs for The Edge of Reason, Seskin is motivated by the desire to express through her music a sense of understanding between all people. "I want people to know they are not alone in their struggles." She says. "Life can really suck, but people need and crave love and positivity." With her music, Seskin not only empathizes with the woes of her fans but also tries to move them, giving them an inspirational message and a groove to help them through the rough spots.

The Edge of Reason will be loved by fans of blue number nine, while it will also find a place in the hearts of people who respond more to the new version of herself as a solo artist. Each song is wrought with complex emotional character and a joyful passion evident from the delicate bounce of Seskin's voice to the splash that ends the tune.

For those who have not yet heard, The Edge of Reason is an oasis of soul in a turbulent world, and Seskin serves as the siren for all of us lost in the sea.

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George H. Waters - Orchard Street Studios / Sounds - Derby CT

As real as it gets.
As a musician / operator of an analog studio - I always tend to listen to music both for it's content and context.
This CD is as real as it gets. One cannot help but wonder
where the sadness really comes from but I find myself now
being more amazed and drawn to the tragic beauty of this CD more and more which each succesive listen. Nobody can capture it like Stefanie and her musicians do on this CD
- which they do so perfectly. Immaculate from start to finish.
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Collected Sounds


The music at its core is pretty rock oriented. But then you add the horns and 'wakka-wakka' bass lines and it shoots it straight to funky in my book.
Seskin's voice is quite soulful and matches the music wonderfully. She can do the quirky syncopated stuff (Chill Now) as well as the rock ballad soaring thing (Estrangement).

This is a really fun CD if you're looking for something out of the ordinary AAA contemporary stuff.
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

[Seskin] most certainly has made a footprint in recorded music with this tasty n
The Edge of Reason is Stefanie Seskin’s statement to the world that she has arrived. By all indications, she most certainly has made a footprint in recorded music with this tasty new album.
The songs range from the sparkling pop of “No Such Thing” to the jazz and rhythm and blues infused “Jerking My Chains” then down a completely different road with attitude on the alternative rocker “Nasty.” She is all over the musical map on this CD. For that very reason, I was pleased listening to this recording from start to finish.
Here voice is as gentle and alluring as her physical presence on the cover of this CD and the spicy black and white shot of her in the CD tray. Sorry, you will have to buy the CD to see that picture. There is a reason why the music is so good, the lineup she has is most impressive, not because they are all big names in music but because they are all very qualified and talented musicians, and there are sure enough of them!
Stefanie Seskin obviously planned this recording very carefully before she started and the outcome is excellent. Its music like this that keeps me fascinated with independent musicians.
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Laura Turner

Seskin is a multi-talented musician and her solo release is impressive and innov
Stefanie Seskin is a singer, songwriter and producer. In addition she plays bass, flute, guitar and keys. Stefanie has already built a name for herself in the band Blue Number Nine as their commanding lead vocalist. The Edge of Reason is Seskin's solo project. Stefanie is supported by a group of talented musicians who bring a wide assortment of textures and tones to her ten-track CD. Stefanie pens poetic lyrics about life that can end on a happy or sad note but her main objective is to impart inspirational messages in her music. Seskin aptly blends different genres into catchy, cohesive songs. The CD has a touch of blues, hip-hop and jazz with a heavy dose of pop, rock and soul. Stefanie is a strong, sultry singer with an expressive, wide vocal range. 'Your Own Road' is the snappy opener. It melds danceable rhythms with heavy bass lines and slick, pop potential with a bit of brass instrumentation thrown in for good measure. It is followed by the cool 'Chill Now' that mixes modern jazz grooves with a bit of hip-hoop flowing over a distinctive bass bottom. 'Jerking My Chains' opens with horns moving into a free flowing rhythm and Stefanie's power packed vocals. Although the song is about love going bad it ends with a positive attitude of moving on. Stefanie Seskin is a multi-talented musician and her solo release is impressive and innovative!
• Recommended Tracks: (1,2,4)
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Ken

what a voice
I just love her voice and the songs are great.
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livingboyinNY

Funkalicious Soulsterina
Sweet, soulful, authentic, rife with melodies and groovy beats -- it's also worth noting that Ms Seskin is the producer/engineer -- not 'just' the pretty voice and incisive writer.
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