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May 3, 2011 / manicured by henri myers

SONG OF THE DAY: KRISTEEN YOUNG – WHY CAN’T IT BE ME

Every now and then i am introduced to or stumble upon an artist that truly stands out on their own in music; creating a musical palette filled with amazing stories over well crafted and intricately orchestrated music. Kristeen Young, part Apache Indian and part German descent out of St. Louis, MI, was inspired by seven films (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Little Big Man, Blade Runner, Imitation of Life and the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor / Richard Burton epic version of Cleopatra) that have become her latest EP, V The Volcanic just released last tuesday. by highlighting piano and guitar in her new materialas two of the most fearsome instruments in the rock music pantheon,Young introduces opera and dark wave, married with her own love of electro-funk grooves from her childhood. the result, a very forward and quite diverse EP that will bring many listeners back to a time where boys wore mascara and black leggings and some comparisons to another great favorite of mine, Kate Bush. much like Kate, Young tells a great story with soaring vocals to match but does it here with a fresh newness and modernity to the haunting love song. take a listen to my favorite track here and let me know what you think. if you are in the LA area, catch one of several shows starting tonight May 2nd, 9th, 16th and 24th at the Hotel Cafe. for other dates in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and London – check out her site directly.

KRISTEEN YOUNG  – WHY CAN’T IT BE ME

www.kristeenyoung.com

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