Michelle Fontaine – Zletos Blues * * * * *
Michelle Fontaine was born into a musical family ~ her Great Grandfather was a Bourbon drinking Bouzouki player. Michelle’s Grandmother, an accomplished pianist, taught her how to play the piano by ear when she was 3 years old ~ on the Grand Piano her Grandfather won in a poker game. Her uncles, professional musicians, introduced her to the guitar, drums and Jazz.
Raised by Gnostic Gypsy’s, her ears were subject to everything from Greek Mountain Music to Mozart and Beethoven. Over the years, Michelle has played in several alternative rock bands acting as the lyricist, singer and keyboard player. She currently plays keyboards with the psychedelic rock band ‘The Intergalactic Mood Swingers.’
As a solo artist, Michelle added her self-produced, self-released album, ‘Zleto’s Blues’ to her repertoire. ‘Zleto’s Blues’ is a 10 song, all original album, chosen by Music Connection Magazine as one of the ‘Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2010.’
“Eerie and altogether alluring, Fontaine’s ‘Corporate Cowboy’ boasts an expertly understated arrangement, a husky female singing lyrics that haunt you, and all of it recorded with lots of warmth, depth and clarity. And, the track’s ambient slide guitar is a perfect pace lifter. Fontaine is a storyteller, as the banjo-inflected ‘Lonesome Days’ makes clear; and her reverb-soaked ‘Ain’t Nobody,’ with its saloon piano, takes the listener back to another time while somehow remaining modern. If this artist can pull it all off live, it would make for a killer show.” ~ Mark Nardone/Music Connection Magazine
Straight forward… Michelle Fontaine songs are soft, warm, heart-breaking, fuzzy, dizzy, eerie and above all aching(ly) beautiful. It’s more of a cross between [ Mazzy Star ] and [ Low ] two artists I admire with all my heart. The only difference here is that you have to strip down all the electric elements from Mazzy Star and Low and it will most certainly brings you very closer to Michelle Fontaine. Long background electric solo’s, for-front acoustic guitar, benjos topped up by beautiful lyrics. You name it guys… you simply cannot go wrong on this one. CHECK IT OUT. All tracks can be stream from the .COM or ReverbNation page. ( Michelle is currently working on her second solo album to be released in late 2012 ). Something to look forward to.
Artist – Michelle Fontaine
Album – Zletos Blues [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Alternative, Folk, Mod-folk, Lo-fi, Alternative-country [ EXCELLENT TITLE ]
01 – Corporate Cowboy
02 – Time
03 – You’ve Got A Way
04 – Lonesome Days
05 – Ain’t Nobody
06 – Una Mas
07 – Sunday Morning Blues
08 – The Far Side
09 – Train Song
10 – Over The Mountain
Michelle Fontaine – Zletos Blues
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