- by Mark Steele Rating:9 Release Date:2016-06-14 Label:
She was last known for being part of the outfit Foxygen. Elizabeth Le Fey rebranded herself as the entity presented as Globelamp, her second album, The Orange Glow. A 12-song package making it's way to us since we heard 2014's debut; Stardust. Clearly, she is identifiable for her rainbow hair and thrifty girl next door look, Globelamp takes things up a gear to provide a deftly theatrical achievement, there is the familiar mid-1960's psychedelic Wall-Of-Sound presence mixed with a theatrical delivery harking back to British music of the 1970's.
With Globelamp's vocal tones you may find Toyah Wilcox, Siouxsie Sioux, Tori Amos, and many may compare her to contemporary icon Lana Del Rey. Though her voice seems to occupy a higher range, possessing a quirkier delivery. Whilst Lana Del Ray incorporates lush orchestration with electronica elements in her music, Globelamp tends to have an earthier interwoven instrumentation layout.
The wonderland adventure begins with a simple guitar 2 chord pattern 'Washington Moon', followed by reverbed vocals, tambourine. Then eventually, drums and bass underneath some soft piano. There is a British edge to Globelamp's impish reverb drenched vocals on 'Controversial/Confrontational' in the instruments and dramatic playfulness. She tends to add elongated emphasis on certain phrases notes and it definitely works. A nice steady drum beat and plodding bass come in, there is a 70's glam -folk expression, particularly early T-Rex feel here, which reveals some of her influences quite well.
The theatrical dynamics on 'The Negative' are not far off say sultry sirens Kate Bush and Tori Amos in that they employ self-expression. Accordion, guitars, and piano, conjuring a dreamscape not far from those we have experienced with Lana Del Ray. Searching Cellos with gentle jangly acoustic guitars on the hypnotic 'Moon Proof', which caress Globelamp's foggy haunting vocals, with the already said featured Cellos throughout. A gentle multi-layered jangly four chord guitar amd piano progression builds up on 'Artist/Traveller', providing a look at life on the creative road.
A dark folky guitar takes forward 'Don't Go Walking Alone In The WoodsTonight'. Which has a colder darker Tori Amos ballad style, and likewise the melancholia abounds on the chiming piano led title-track 'The Orange Glow', a repetitious guitar and beautifully haunting piano, compliments the vocal tones employed here. The guitars are as dense as the backing vocals on the lingering drifting 'Invisible Prisms', which alongside the lush chorus of voices, gives a sense of weightlessness. It is long before feet touch the ground on 'Master Of Lonely' with some west-coast rock ballad stylings, appearing like a contemplative long bus ride home questioning a friend's love connections. There are some drum beat and piano chord phrasing and could certainly reference acts such as 1970's era Elton John.
Grungey overdriven guitars, stomp along 'Piece Of The Pie', looks to provokes a guilty conscience in a Pink Floyd meets Southern Rock vein. while Satie-esque haunting piano chords on one of the highlights, the love-torn couples examination 'San Francisco', employs a fixating Jim Morrison-esque melody on the lines "San Francisco, she was star of the video/why does she always have to know/Is she going to explode, the girl's gotta go/his mother says so". The strings on here are quite effective and coupled with the bass/drums, increase the drama contained within - a few repeats on this track. Suddenly we end up in a fantasy landscape drifting around on 'Faerie Queen' with running water effects, plus some cheerful organ and spacious piano arpeggios. A definite folk-leaning gives this song a lighter ballad effect.
The Orange Glow holds a contemplative atmosphere of lingering summer and emerging autumn, yet it resists from falling into darker seasons. Globelamp reflects the issues of the human condition, she portrays an understanding of the fragility and complexity of modern life with an almost esoteric depth. It is this depth, which draws you in to embrace her and share in that luminous amber warmth.