With personal and professional relationships on the rocks, the acclaimed but under-noticed L.A. songwriter Eleni Mandell decided it was time for some changes. There are probably a couple of books that could be written about her decision to become a single mother -- thanks to a sperm donor -- and begin the recording of her eighth album when she was eight months pregnant (with twins, as it turns out). But we'll happily settle for I Can See The Future, her latest longplayer arriving July 10 via YepRoc. The touches of noirish torch songs, cool delivery and wry observational pop still run deep below the surface in Future's array of exceptionally written tracks. But Mandell and producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The Strokes) have swapped the dark irony and edgy bite of her earlier albums for a more clear-eyed, dare-we-say mature -- and remarkably upbeat -- outlook. The pain is heartfelt and real but so is the responsive optimism and sure-footed confidence. "Now We're Strangers" may be about the chilly aftermath of a love gone bad but the breezy dance the song moves to belies any weepy self-pity or angst. The ability to see the future, it would appear, is just the beginning.
Eleni Mandell - "Now We're Strangers" (from I Can See The Future)
Eleni Mandell - "I'm Lucky" (from I Can See The Future)
Stream the full album here...