I have a bit to live up to...
You can check out 4 of their tunes here, and by clicking on the "music page" link you can read a tiny bit more about the songs.
Check 'em out:
I think they're all pretty cool. I'm hoping it's because they're actually decent tunes and not solely because of the novelty of it coming from my family.
Talking about Elixer was just convenient because the focus of this post is really a cousin, Rose Rossi, and her new album.
You can listen to six of the songs over at her MySpace page.
"Hello to You" shares the same general opening chord progressions as Coldplay's "Trouble" and Elton John's "I Want Love", although played on guitars which evoke the sound atmosphere various Beatles' post-Beatles careers more than it evokes the Coldplay song, actually (and it's sort of got that "Free as a Bird" tempo to it). It's a chord progression I'd always wanted to fit in somewhere myself, so I'm jealous!
Rose's voice is sweet and highly nuanced, and her personality is so much warmer to me than those to whom she will inevitably invite comparisons: Tori, Alanis, Fiona.
"Fade" is 80's-licious and reminds me of the styles of so many mashed into one. I want to stress that it is not some overwraught pastiche of how we as a pop-culture ironically view the 80's, but rather a lovingly-crafted (and video) that don't feel like a mockery but like they could have actually been produced during the time, and I think it's subtle and ultimately tasteful. My grandmother says she really likes the lyrics "I don't care for your heart / but I'll take a piece of your mind".
And the other four tunes are nice and worth a listen.
This isn't the type of music I usually deal with so my lexicon in the review might seem off, but in the end I want to show that I really like this material. (And no, she did not put me up to this!)
There are some other interesting video clips here, too.