Artist: Project Mercury
CD: Light This Candle
Quote: "Her words show self-awareness and insight. So does the
By Les Reynolds
Lead singer/composer Marian Mastrorilli describes the music in her latest CD
"Light This Candle" in part as "a mercurial blend of moods -- we whisper, wink
and wail... In a nutshell: 70's rock meets Lillith."
That's pretty accurate. Once in a while, an artist really has a firm grasp
of who he/she is musically/stylistically. Her words show self-awareness and
insight. So does the CD.
Basically, it's a rather smooth ride. Marian's silken soprano is joined by
the beautiful support vocals of Charlene Donohue. Well, actually, they trade
off and both are gorgeous. The first track (and perhaps a few others) conjures
up images (sounds) of the Bowling Green, Ky., female group The Outskirts.
They use guitar, piano and violin interchangeably, alone and as a well-crafted
mix to convey the messages musically. Marian accompanies on rhythm guitar while
Charlene weaves a nice violin through the lyrics on some tunes. They are joined
by electric guitarist Gustavo Latorre, percussionist Jim Walsh, bassist Gene
Lavoie and pianist Peter Schindelman, among others. Producer Jim Fogarty also
plays piano on this CD in addition to lending his engineering skills. The overall
sound is very good.
Of course, lyrics are the other key component to conveying the messages --
which include a sense of family, friends and place, childhood history and of
course, love -- and several of those written with a twist. One of the coolest
tunes is the rather sultry (and very cleverly written) "Champagne Afternoon."
violin, satin shoes
Recipe for a champagne afternoon
Candlelight in the day
Out went the lights
And off went the negligee
Luminous glistening of two bodies
Two bodies lost in play
It's been forever
Since her body was her own
And days revolved around
A whisper and a moan
The years they go so fast
The hours go so slow
How future turned to past
She'll never, never know
In a tiny room
We wrapped a robe around her tight
Can't remember what she did the other night
Her hands are trembling
And her vision's hazy quite
Like a champagne afternoon..."
Other "best of" on the 11-song CD include another sensual and sultry tune
called "Faded Leather," the opener "Family of Strangers" and a great folk/rocker
called "Then I Remember."
While it might not be quite as earth-shattering as a rocket launch, this CD
will take you on a nice ride and to some good places.