Atlanta based Envie formed in 2001 around the creative interests of Renée Nelson and Michael Overstreet. The band's lineup has shifted over the years and continues to evolve along with the music. Envie's debut is available now.
The debut full length from ENVIE is now available. Featuring a range of feverish pop songs wavering between sparse lament to full on rawk. ENVIE does not exist in a predictable musical landscape. Instruments include harp, rhodes, lap steel, foundation poles, drums, bass, piano, keys, and guitar.
Nelson betrays a classical education as soon as she sits down at the keyboard, but she uses it to create attractive pop/rock and mainstream hard rock treatments of her melodic tunes; the harp is employed as if it were a loud acoustic guitar, and creates an unusual sonic touch… As indie bands go, Envie is surprisingly accessible, which makes the possibility of a pickup by a larger label seem likely.
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… a rewarding and challenging listen…
Creating Loafing Atlanta
Envie is an evocative group like no other in the Atlanta area. Their self-titled debut disc ably reveals how the band has solidified and energized its sound in the past couple of years. Intricate and pretty art-rock with a punchy pop undercurrent, the CD will likely appeal to the Kate Bush fan in your family. Jarboe, who employs Nelson for many of her live and recorded projects, returns the favor, appearing on guest vocals for one song here.
Stomp and Stammer
The group deftly hops from lamentful dirge to high-tempo romp, welding the sounds of their instruments into an intoxicating mix, then splitting off into solos - and how often can you catch a harp solo at the Caledonia?
One of those albums that surprised me. It’s rare for an album to grow on me as fast as this one has, but the, that’s why I’m talking about it here. Immensly enjoyable.
Aiding & Abetting
Envie’s sound has evolved from its calm and subdued beginnings into a full, operatic style of rock that is original and quite gripping; even with the more conventional instruments coming out into the forefront, the band has nevertheless carved out a very unique niche.
The lead singer has a pretty voice and a few numbers swelled from quiet to intense. Dreamy stuff that's stirring and simultaneously depressing.
Seeing Envie live is a treat, because Renee is precision controlled fury.
Renee is the single nicest musician i've ever had the pleasure of meeting, and it helps that their music kicks so much ass
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