ALBUM REVIEW: Louise Latham “Reclaimed”

Boasting the whimsical lyrical innocence of Lotte Mullan and the colourful vocal of Paula Cole, Cardiff native Louise Latham is an exciting musical prospect. Chirping “I’m not a saint”, on the opening track (“Saint”) of her debut album “Reclaimed”, is an angelic presence whose protestations hang curiously in the air. Who is Latham? What has she to say? Why so adamant as she makes her introduction? As soon as her proclaiming ceases, she kicks into the dancey come-on “Melt Me Down Like Chocolate”, and it is clear that her duality oozes appeal.

Latham’s easy on the eye and easy on the ear appeal is immediately apparent, but what makes her such an interesting artist is that she can bolster the power like Nell Bryden, reign it all in like Ane Brun but most importantly tell a story like the unforgettable Eva Cassidy.

While “Erase Me” provides the album’s low point mid-way through proceedings, Latham rarely slips up in the album’s structure. Though the lush subtleties of “Together Tonight” form the album highlight, the country strut of “Young Boy” and whirl of “Melt Me Like Chocolate” make a strong case for Latham to explore the Paula Cole as opposed to Sarah MacLahlan within.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lotte Mullan “Plain Jane”

Record Label: Raindog Records
Release Date: 02.08.2010

At the tender age of two, country girl Lotte Mullan was already obsessed with music. Paul Simon’s “Graceland” to be precise. So obsessed, that the two year old Lotte’s mother believed she was a child genius for her lyrical ability till the connection was discovered. By thirteen, Lotte had gotten into indie, dumping Paul Simon for Sleeper’s Louise Wener. Her allegiance altered once again when at fourteen a boy she fancied asked her if she liked Beth Orton. She said yes, despite having never heard of Beth Orton.

However, it is this last in a long line of musical influences that is most evident on Lotte’s debut album “Plain Jane”. An honest, simple collection that breezily uplifts.

“Plain Jane” never really changes gear, but then it doesn’t really need to. Notably “La La Love You” sees the innocent sounding Lotte in chirpy radio friendly mode. However, it is the naughtily delciious “Wicked Way” that truly shines through.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: August Issue Out Now!

August Issue!!

Well as we close in on the autumn The Kaje is back for August with another edition packed. This month we have the gorgeous Ella Montclare on the cover. Read on to find out who you will find in our pages this month…

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The August issue contains:

Features:-

Ella Montclare “The words are no longer restricted to my own experiences”
Patch William “We were mistaken yesterday for Patrick Williams”
Lotte Mullan “You have to find solace in your own strengths”
Elisabeth Molin “Its all about looking at possibilities”
Stuart Favill “Profound and complete realism”
Keith Jack “I am now getting the chance to play the part I wanted to play in the first place”
Magic Polar Bears “There just isn’t enough money in football”
Tim Thornton “I wanted to try and bring out the ridiculousness of an unsigned band’s situation”
Hayden Cohen “The fact it’s free means that people either want to see my show or not”
The Unconventionals “Some people will always knock us for entering the X Factor”
Bruce LaBruce “I really think I am undead”
Candice Hirson “Art is the expression of the self”


Regulars:
WIN!!!!: Signed Lotte Mullan CDs, Signed Tim Thornton books, Signed Magic Polar Bears albums, Fyfe Dangerfield CDs, signed Mr Fogg CDs, and The Unconventionals CDs up for grab as well.

Forgotten Gems:-
Album: Ludovico Einaudi “I Giorni”
Book: Georgette Heyer “Arabella”
Film: Dark City
Designer of the Month: Loula Creates
Steal My Style: Alex
The Way I Saw It: Vancouver

Reviews:-
Albums: The Saurdays “Headlines!”, The Lost Cavalry “Waves Freeze to Rolling Hills”, The Unconventionals “Flower to the People”, Lotte Mullan “Plain Jane”, Young & The Lost Club Compilation
Singles of The Month: Charlene Soraia “When We Were Five” and Jukebox Collective “Icon Parade”
Live Music: The Bombay Bicycle Club, Seth Lakeman, CBSO Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Theatre: The Butler, TeakShow’s Inner Nutter, Portraits of An Actress, Mum’s The Word
DVD: Otto Or Up With The Dead People, Shutter Island, The Blind Side, Psycho
Books: Gavin Esler “Power Play”, Seth “George Sprott”, Tom McCarthy “C”, Sandra Newman “Changeling: A Memoir of Parents Lost & Found”

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VIDEO: Lotte Mullan “Can’t Find The Words”

Simplicity is central to all that is Suffolk’s Lotte Mullan.  The folk-inspired pop driven singer/songwriter is all set to release her debut album “Plain Jane” on August 2nd and it is lovely to see her debut single following the uncomplicated approach she has to her writing. Directed by her primary school boyfriend Daniel Lucchesi, the video sees Lotte Mullan effortlessly looking as stunning as Delta Goodrem breathing out her thoughts as she prepares for a night out. Captivating and compelling.

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