Lee Safar - Laundry After Midnight
- Artist: Lee Safar
- Album: Laundry After Midnight
- Label: indie
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: mark_morton on 2013-01-23
Australian songbird Lee Safar gained a blitz of media attention a couple years back when a media statement was released announcing that her name had been tossed into the hat for consideration for inclusion on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON movie soundtrack. However, once it was confirmed that she was passed over for arguably less talented but unfortunately more recognizable names, it was back to the drawing board for Miss Lee.
And what emerged after countless hours of sculpting, crafting, rinsing and repeating was LAUNDRY AFTER MIDNIGHT, a deliciously decadent slab of soaring vocals, sweeping melodies, and booty-shaking ditties. Safar is one of those extremely rare voices that can thrive in any genre, and for this outing, she has chosen the world of trance/dance music as the vehicle for her voluminous expressiveness.
Safar's music breathes; it ebbs and flows like the tide; it rises and falls like the dramatic shifting of tectonic plates. And yet, for all her power, her music is all so very human, so fragile and naked - baring fault and imperfection to the world - and somehow forging strength and renewed vigor from the process. LAUNDRY AFTER MIDNIGHT will cradle you with joy, pummel you with sorrow, and still manage to leave you with lifted spirits.
While there is a lot of dance music out there that sounds like it was simply cut-and-pasted with minimal effort in someone's bedroom "studio," this album not only sounds but feels handcrafted, sculpted with defined intent, and constructed architecturally sound, as though she was erecting a skyscraper to the heavens.
Ultimately, I wouldn't call this base dance music, because of the wealth of its moving parts. Rather, I hear LAUNDRY AFTER MIDNIGHT as a new form of atmospheric, industrialized electronica with a reverence for post-modern dance (or 21st century New Age disco). The songs move through your entire body, awakening senses you probably never knew you possessed. It is strange to say that there can be a spiritual essence to dance music, but Safar has invoked such a magical quality.
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