A truly groundbreaking musical force of nature, soulful music innovator Angela Sheik opens up a world of sonic, rhythmic and compositional possibilities that have driven her success as a multi-faceted, trip-hop and electronic-infused folk-pop indie artist on her new album, Home Before Dark. The crafty multi-instrumentalist (autoharp, theremin, flute) works with producer (and fellow electronic fusion artist) RYAT to create a richly textured ten track exploration of deep grooves, infectious melodies, dynamic vocal harmonies, and soulful ambiences.
Though she has been compared to everyone from Billie Holiday to Imogen Heap, the expansive vibe of the album reflects many of her favorite lifelong influences, including tripnotic downtempo masters like Bjork, The Chemical Brothers, Portishead and Jack White.
Sheik’s candid, insightful and stirring reflections inspire an epic journey, starting with the edgy, rolling rock-influenced “Bring It On,” whose rumination on the ludicrous, violent nature of life is highlighted in the music video featuring a battle between centuries-old Pierrot clowns. Battle ready on the hypnotic “Here Comes Trouble,” she eyes the defense mechanisms we bring in social situations on “Tiger In Tow” and then contrasts a downtempo moodiness with defiant optimism on “Getting Out Of Here Alive.” The haunting, percussion heavy “Over My Dead Body” leads to the slow building title track “Home Before Dark.” Other tracks include the mystical “When No One” the sweeping, cinematic “Evening Calls,” the whimsical, classically influenced “Discovery,” and wraps the set with a seductive, chillout twist on the romantic standard “I Only Have Eyes For You”.
The Wilmington, Delaware based Angela has been brilliantly fusing her traditional singer/songwriter leanings with electronic innovations since the release of her aptly titled 2011 debut EP “Songs from the Red Box” as the Grand Prize winner of the BOSS Loop Station 2011 U.S. National Finals, winner of the Philadelphia Songwriter Project Competition and twice voted Female Artist of the Year (93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes).
Wowing audiences with her fearless creative experimentation, mischievous smile and self-generated swirl of rhythmic harmonies, the multi-talented artist has toured the U.S. and Europe; and opened for The Neon Trees, Julia Holter, Joseph Arthur and renowned bassist and pop singer Meshell Ndegeocello.
“I work hard to make each act spell binding,” she says. “I want my audience to laugh, nod, remember, forget, dance. I want their eyes to tear up. I feel it’s my job to explore the complexities of the human spirit from the stage. So much of life and the Universe is a mystery and I love the moments of mystery that my audience and I get to experience together.”
Full biography available at http://www.angelasheik.com/full_bio.html.