Anna Tivel (from the album The Question available on Fluff & Gravy Records)
Her voice hushed and backing instrumentation sparse, Portland Oregon vocalist Anna Tivel would be perfect as the mysterious cabaret crooner belting cocktail Jazz into a smoke-filled dive bar. With a lounge-vibe void of campiness, Anna TIvel is sultry and smooth with a warm innocent voice and the ability to tell a poetic tale. Detailed and picturesque, her recent release, The Question, is an album of short vignettes in songs, giving you a quick glimpse of the people passing by. The title track for The Question is Anna Tivel retelling a dream; lines like ‘the neighbors never mention, the woman they see leaving, is the man who works the morning shift, selling gasoline’ are offered in a through-the-looking-glass delivery; the words non-linear, even when the story presents itself perfectly clear.
“Worthless” has an Indie Blues vibe and an air of punky-defiance. Vocal innocence is left behind in the story, with Anna Tivel angrily claiming ‘I never did wrong, I never did gamble til’ the day you called me worthless’, the admission finding the singer doing some chest-beating, daring someone to take her on as she’s a ‘countdown rocket in a cloud of smoke’. Anna Tivel touches on the unfortunate testament to our times in “Homeless Child,” reminding us that many fellow humans are just hanging on, one paycheck away from life on the street, where ‘it doesn’t take much to go from just enough to nothing in the end’. The Question is the audio equivalent of watching a film. While the melodies remain consistent from point A to B, it’s Anna Tivel’s stories that are compelling, making the album like a book of short stories that aim for the heart.
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