Those layers and “voicings” are apparent on the album. Chords utilizes piano and wind instruments that crescendo into vivid percussion interlaced with Strei’s vocals. Winter Comes is perhaps the most interesting song on the album, beginning with vocals from the full band and ending with almost-clashing dissonance that absolutely works.
Lyrically, the album is perfect and filled with the same vivid imagery we’ve come to expect from Strei. You, the last track, conjures easy images of a sun-soaked lake, even ending with the subtle sound of moving water, leaving the listener in a place both timeless and fresh.
The original band, consisting of Strei along with her brother Leo, Pat Kuehn, and Paul Brandt, began the recording process two years ago in the spring of 2010, completing the album at the end of that summer. But Strei said it didn’t feel quite right, and the songs didn’t sound like what they were intended to be. “So then we started tweaking,” said Strei, “And that turned into rerecording a vocal take, then a whole song, and then the whole album.”
“In the end, I don’t think this album best represents Adelyn Rose’s current sound,” said Strei, “But I love this album for what it is: it is our first album.”
Adelyn Rose recently played a long string of live shows on their three-week, 15-city East Coast tour in January. Strei and bandmate Powers comprised the version of the band that toured, paired with local band Kalispell. Aside from playing in cities spanning the coast, the trio couch-surfed, went hiking, and met a puppy named Spaceship. “It was a blast, and we’d love to do it again,” said Strei, noting that they may try to put together a tour this summer.
Adelyn Rose will debut Mezzanine at their House of Rock release show on March 9, with friends Wisconsin Built, a fellow local band, and Seymore Saves the World, of the Twin Cities.