Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lila Rose - "Heart Machine"

Canadian born and San Fransisco-based electro-pop siren Lila Rose is set to release her highly anticipated debut album Heart Machine, today on Oakland's RTFM Records.   Lila Rose delivers on the promise by pushing the boundaries of the indie-pop/electronica genre, to incorporate everything from trip-hop beats, acoustic guitars and Gospel choirs, to sugary pop hooks and strong vocals along with introspective lyrics.  The album was co-produced by Lila herself and with SF-based producer David Earl (aka LogicNinja). 

The album opens with the sinister and haunting production of the catchy first single, "Obsession".  The sparse arrangement and big beat of the title track, "Heart Machine" allows the focus to shine on Lila's vocals which sound like a cross between a Bjork that you can actually understand and Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine.  The standout track also features a guest spot from singer/songwriter/producer LYNX who also co-wrote the lyrics to the song.  Another standout, the aptly titled "Like Champagne", opens with a popping and effervescent hip-hop inspired club-ready beat, reminiscent of M.I.A. or Santigold.  "Casting Shadows" features warped synths and a disorienting beat with swirling violins that add to the psychedelic harmonies provided by guest vocalist Eric Denniston of LA-based band Danger Lips.  The glitchy beat, robotic vocal tics and eerie synths of "Lost Your Senses" provide another standout moment.  "Unbroken" is a darker-tinged and atmospheric ballad highlighted by touches of operatic vocal acrobatics that showcases a more evocative and heartfelt side of Rose's stellar songwriting.  The beautiful "Give You My All" follows with a sentimental and more straight-forward piano-led ballad, featuring swelling orchestration and vocals with raw emotion that could easily be a radio hit if given the chance.  "Get Gone Again" begins with suspenseful, striking piano chords and builds into a poppy breakup anthem.  "Bang Bang" is a trip-hop track with interesting vocal harmonies and a super catchy chorus.  Mirroring the evocative album art, with honest and heartfelt lyrics, Lila Rose exposes her heart on the standout track "In The Dimmest".  And the poppy and fun "Couldn't Have" picks up the pace again with a bouncy rhythm and hand-claps.  The twelve track album closes out with the languid melodies and pulsating and clanking tribal-like beat of "And The Beat". 

Lila Rose proves with her stellar debut, Heart Machine that she is an unstoppable force in the indie-pop and electronica scene, ready to break out of the club and onto the radio. 

Order and stream the album Heart Machine here:  http://lilarose.bandcamp.com/

For more info click here: http://www.lilarosemusic.com/


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