Melaena Cadiz – Rattle The Windows

Melaena Cadiz
Rattle the Windows
May 30, 2010

Our Rating

One of the great joys of being a music lover is that there is truly so much great music out there. It’s just that you occasionally have to actively sift through so much bad music to find it.

Melaena Cadiz is a songwriter who is so worth the effort of discovery.

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, but now based in Brooklyn, Cadiz’s self-released debut album, Rattle The Windows, is an incredible collection of original songs quietly released last year.

Lovely and affecting with a strong and unique infusion of deep-rooted folk and classic country, the album is a beautiful testament to the sheer talent and appreciation Cadiz possesses for songwriting.

Rattle The Windows plays as a small, but moving series melodic stories around a forest campfire, conjuring imagery from Native American fairytales.

“The Wolf” opens the set with pleasing acoustic strumming and Cadiz’s equally pleasant, soulful voice. “Clay Pigeons” follows with a colorful, knee-slapping country tune complete with an unmistakable autoharp and banjo.

The dark and poetic “Falling Down” is rich with weeping strings and contains a semblance of eeriness, whereas “Blue Skies” serves as a subtle contrast; sunnier and dreamy with promises of everlasting love and fireflies.

On the title track, things are livened up with a rootsy, classic country offering.

“Sleeping” is a hushed and hypnotic lullaby, both soft and stirring, while “Stone Throw” displays brilliant banjo plucking, and a deep bass thumping that can easily illicit goosebumps.

Perhaps the strangest thing about the Cadiz’s Rattle The Windows is that it’s curiously short at only eight tracks. Still, it’s a more than satisfying listening experience, each song smartly chosen.

Fans of Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and the legendary Loretta Lynn, all of whom Cadiz cites as influences, will be happily captivated by Rattle The Windows, a gem of an album that deserves the artist swarms of new, listening ears.

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