~reviewed by Anthony Flores aka BlackOrpheus
[Pregnant pause]... Can I just say I've
made a most serendipitous discovery. I was just sitting here clearing my
plate of waiting reviews, when I pick up this cd "Wind Chains" by Molly
Zenobia. Intriguing album cover of a fair, dark haired girl staring back
at me through a filter of blue. It almost looks post-mortem...She certainly
FROZEN - Is the opening track on this disc, and it writhes in the exposure of a wound, still raw. Drawn to and repelled by one another, how can love prevail against the defenses and inconsistency of emotional unavailibility? If it's going to happen, it's got to happen soon. "Frozen" is a particularly effective lament and plea in one.
PORCUPINE - is a smokey, lilting inventory of a love life, perhaps. I read porcupine, as an aka for prick. The possibilities aren't inspiring, but she is conscious of the fact that her own investment in these "pricks" isn't that serious. She doesn't know any more about her own expectations, than they do about fulfilling them..."I'm walking, I'm talking, I can't see where I'm going." This is a frequent replay, great song!
FADE - Zenobia's voice opens this chiller up, and then her piano chimes in, in assent. It is another moving lullaby of loss and regret. She struggles with the recurrent theme of two lives passing and never meeting, strangers in the night. It is short, but it says what I've found her to say all to articulately.
As I close out this sojourn with Molly Zenobia, I'd like to encourageany lover of piano, vocals, and great song writing to delve into thisdeep, still, and still disturbing well. This is thoughtful, meditative music, cloth cut from the coat of all our experience.
Web Site: MollyZenobia.Com