Story of M | These Little Crimes

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These Little Crimes

by Story of M

"Moody, sultry, dreamy...those are a few of the words used to describe Story of M and their debut album "These Little Crimes". Weaving words and sound into an alternative-pop tapestry that whispers in your ear long after the last note has faded..."
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sailor
4:02 $0.99
2. These Little Crimes
3:59 $0.99
3. Heaven
3:50 $0.99
4. Joan of Arc
4:10 $0.99
5. John Is
3:24 $0.99
6. When I Was Hurt
3:46 $0.99
7. Medicine
3:48 $0.99
8. High
4:28 $0.99
9. Headache
2:45 $0.99
10. Tear Me Down
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
" I cannot get enough of "Sailor" with its emotional vocals and sultry beats. A fabulous debut."
-Gary Calamar, KCRW DJ

"Emilie Bernstein's voice is heavenly... it purrs and hollers in an equally beautiful fashion"
-Amy Lotsberg,

"The lyrics...create masterpieces of imagery and abstract feelings. A good listen for analytical moods."

"A grooving and atmospheric group..."
-Ned Wharton, NPR
*NEWS* 'These Little Crimes' was chosen as one of the top independently released CDs of 2004 by

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Story of M is a Los Angeles based indie pop band fronted by singer/songwriter Emilie Bernstein. Her experiences growing up as the daughter of a film composer gave Bernstein a unique insight into the world of music, drama and the creative process. Although she originally wanted to be a poet she found she couldn't escape the melodies in her head so she combined her passion for words with the music that was bred in her bones. The result of that effort is her first album, 'These Little Crimes'.
Story of M is also the story of three friends. Lucas Eskin (guitar), Devon Collins (drums) and Emilie grew up together in Santa Barbara, CA. "We lost touch after high school, but reunited after college when we found we were all living in Los Angeles. We formed a band called 'Eve's Garden' and played the Los Angeles club circuit with an ever changing cast of guitar and bass players. Eventually we found Peter Aragon (bass) and Lilly Aycud (trumpet and keyboards) and formed Story of M.
Bernstein hired producer Ian LeFeuvre to produce her album after hearing his work on the Andy Stochansky record '5 Star Motel'. "What I love about Ian's work is that he always allows the song itself to shine through, whether the production is very layered and intense as it is on the song 'Sailor' or sparse and edgy as it is on 'When I Was Hurt'. He helped to bring a real moodiness and atmosphere to this record that really draws you in."
Story of M is currently performing in and around Los Angeles, CA in support of their album. "We are really proud of 'These Little Crimes' and its fun to get back onto the stage. There is nothing like the thrill of performing live and inviting the audience into this world we have created."



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Teri Hernandez

It's edgy and lyrical both with a moodiness similar to Damien Rice. What about more?

Gern Blanston

The music is extremely well arranged and played and provides the perfect avenue for Emilie's haunting lyrics. I love this cd!!

kate Zimmer

Finally, a truely unique sound. Haunting vocals and amazing musicians.
This is an amazing CD. The lyrics are innovative and beautiful. The lead singer's voice has a haunting quality that you just can't get enough of. I loved the choice of instruments and arrangements. I can't wait for their next album.

Collected Sounds

I absolutely LOVE this CD
This is another one of those "headphone" CDs. Though the music is pretty amazing to the naked ear, with headphones it will blow you away.

The Story of M's music is in the same realm as your Trespasser's William, Fiel Garvie, Mazzy Star, etc. But some of their songs are a little bit "cleaner" for lack of a better term. I think of that shoegazer music as being fuzzy and though some tracks are like this, at times they also sound a little like Dido ("Heaven" and "High").

"Sailor" is a true shoegazer song. Gorgeous, full, with lots of sounds that you'll want to catch.

I also really dig "Medicine". It reminds me of Portishead.

The music is complex using several instruments including piano (Rhodes and regular), guitars (acoustic and electric) bass (stand up and electric) synthesizers and even tambourine! Emilie Berstein's voice is heavenly. It purrs and hollers in an equally beautiful fashion.

If you like ambient, trip-hop, pop, you should check out The Story of M.

Molly McLeran (Carlin)

They've come a long way
This album is fantastic. It's moving and emotional and just makes you feel alive. Thanks Story of M!

michael anastasi

don't the album....
.....learn the songs and then go see them live and sing along. the album is great and their live performance sends you home with a smile. i love the song "heaven" the lyrics and vocals are beautiful and the guitars and drums remind me of listening to the cure.....and i love the cure. best wishes to the story of M.

Robert Massey

A breath of fresh air.
A breath of fresh air, unlike anything in my CD collection (600 plus).

Elizabeth Reiter

Each song holds the joy of discovering something wonderful.
I wouldn't consider my library of music complete without this CD. Each song has a life of it's own that continues to blossom everytime I listen. The song Joan of Arc is pure inspiration made a reality with breathtaking vocals that tear the heart. I would recommend this album to anyone who has a love of music that is purely beautiful and deeply meaningful.