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MP3 Emily Bezar - Exchange

Intricate, uncategorizable art songs, drawing freely from classical, jazz, rock, pop and electronic music to create an enchanting, dynamic sound world.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (71:55) !
Related styles: ROCK: Progressive Rock, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion

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“Bezar is a genre unto herself.” – Exposé Magazine

“Like encountering Kate Bush jamming with King Crimson” – The Wire

“Haunting art-rock. Beautifully synthesizes elements of new music, jazz and pop.” – Downbeat Magazine

“An M.C. Escher in sound. There’s enough importance here to keep the serious, open-eared listener busy for years.” – Stereophile Magazine

“This is mature, intelligent, beautiful music, deserving of a place in the music library of anyone with a mind and a soul.” – Progression Magazine

Emily Bezar is an alchemist, a truly unique singer and composer who draws freely from classical, jazz, rock, pop and electronic music to create a sound world all her own. Her soaring voice and keyboard-centric arrangements have earned her comparisons to Kate Bush and Tori Amos as well as to jazz icon Keith Jarrett and prog legends King Crimson. Her songs are kinetic and never predictable, surging from delicate to intense, from open simplicity to opaque density, but always ravishingly melodic. Most of all, they are honest and true, full of passion, elegance, conflict and order.

"Exchange" is her 5th self-produced album of uncategorizable, emotionally compelling music. If this is a jazz vocal album, then her musical references are an elusive, moving target, suggesting as much early 70’s electric fusion as tin-pan alley. If this is a classical vocal album, analyzing whether it is post-post-minimalism or pre-pre-Schoenberg is a hard study. And if it is Art-Rock, well then you’ll have to find some room on the shelf between Hatfield and the North and Kate Bush’s early albums, but that won’t quite be the right spot either.

Raised near the beach in Southern California, Emily studied music in the USA at the Oberlin Conservatory and Stanford University, but soon afterwards abandoned a budding career in opera to follow her muse as a songwriter. She joined the acclaimed San Francisco band The Potato Eaters in the early ‘90s, and then struck out on her own in 1993 with her debut solo release "Grandmother’s Tea Leaves", a daring collection of electronic arias and tone-poems. After assembling a new band, two jazz-rock inflected albums followed, "Moon in Grenadine" (1996) and "Four Walls Bending" (1999), which established her as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most inventive and respected musicians. Her residency in southern France from 2001-2003 inspired the lush and electronic "Angels’ Abacus" (2004), written and recorded in France, London and California over a period of nearly 4 years. An invitation to the Malta Jazz Festival in the summer of 2006 raised her profile on the European music scene but she returned to California to forge the music for "Exchange". She releases her albums on her own, San Francisco Bay Area based label, DemiVox Records.

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