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Milla Sunde and Marlow Bevan are The Green Children, a musical duo whose songs blend ethereal pop with post-modern dance beats. The two European-born artists and songwriters met while attending the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, an English university co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney. Their first album, Encounter, is set for worldwide release on Los Angeles-based Spinside Records in October 2010, and distributed by ADA and ADA Global. The first single "Dragons" has been remixed by the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Digital Dog
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Lead singer Milla has one of the most beautiful female voices I've heard ... Sometimes she sounds like Leigh Nash of "Sixpence None The Richer" ("Skies on Fire") and sometimes she sounds like Sia Furler ("Hear Me Now [Unplugged]"). She also has a voice like some of the female Christian artists, from the 1990's to the present day, and that is a good thing! I love the range of Milla's vocals from her angelic and gentle highs to her deep and powerful lows ... Ex: "Encounter," between the opening lyrics and the closing "Na, na, na, na" chanting. :) Milla's singing is so beautiful that sometimes I don't recognize the accompanying music, which is actually VERY phenomenal too ... Gotta love the opening chimes to "Skies on Fire," the "toy piano" intro to "Hear Me Now," and the powerful bass and strings in the middle of "Price of Fame." :)
Every song on this CD is amazing, but I am especially drawn to the following...
"Encounter:" A powerful and fast opener, plus the childish giggling and whispering voice of a young girl saying, "I will always be with you," made for a nice opening to the track. :)
"Dragons:" The middle part sounds like a dance tune! Ex.: "Please take me back!"
"R U Out There:" I love how Milla sings the chorus to this in an airy and fragile way!
"Black Magic:" A dark and haunting, energetic tune with a catchy chorus ... Love the accompanying bass keyboards too!
"Skies on Fire:" This was the first song that I heard from them on their Facebook page ... It was a minute and a half sample, so imagine how disappointed I was that the song was cut short after I was SO into it on my first listen!
"Hear Me Now:" This song sounds like it should be the "hit" of the album, if it isn't already ... I think of a feminine version of "Hey Jude," by The Beatles when I listen to this, for some strange reason... :)
"Tell Me:" This track reminds me of a couple of Zero 7 tracks from their "Simple Things" album" ... It sounds sad but still beautiful and powerful.
Before I close, I wanted to add that the CD cover/case artwork and photography is fantastic! Milla is wearing a beautiful white dress and looks like an angel on the inner spread! On the other end, Marlow is wearing a fancy white suit and is accompanied by a well-behaved wolf. The images of the younger versions of the band are cute, because looking at them takes me back to my grammar school years, when the girls were mostly taller than the boys. :)
A perfect debut album for "The Green Children" indeed ... I know that, on many occasions, artists and bands like to "mix it up" by changing styles between albums, but I hope that "The Green Children" will keep at least some of their sound from this album for future projects, since I love their sound so much! Just like a traffic light, I would definitely "Go" for The Green Children's music. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless...
First of all, a disclaimer: if you have looked up this band expecting them to sound like Enya, Loreena McKennitt, or Sarah McLachlan, you will be disappointed. Facebook advertises this duo as being like all of the above. Although I hear influences from Enya and Sarah McLachlan in the music of the Green Children, their style is very different. That having been said, if you can get past Facebook's ads and open your mind and ears to appreciate the Green Children for what they are, then you just may find their first album, Encounter, as enchanting as I have.
I'll admit that I'm completely addicted to their music. They are billed as an electro/pop band, and I suppose their music does fall under this category, but to me, their music is so much more. Where other electro/pop artists sing about sex, drugs, and themselves, the Green Children use their music to address important social issues. And anyone who has read even a little bit about Milla and Marlow should not be surprised by this focus, since the two of them give generously to help out those who are less fortunate. I've never encountered another band in this genre of music with such uplifting, stirring, and inspiring music.
I love almost all of their songs on this album, but some of their best are
-Encounter, which tells the story of the Green Children, from whom they got their name.
-Black Magic, probably their most sexual song, though done in a very tasteful way.
-Skies on Fire, a sweet tune about the experience of love, and the pain of separation.
-Price of Fame, one of their more socially oriented songs, which paints a picture of the more destructive side of fame
I could go on about the beauty of their music, but rather than reading my comments about them, why not check out the Green Children for yourself?