Captivating vocals, haunting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics describe the music of Deanna Cartea. Winner of the 2012 Independent Music Award for “Alt Country song of the year”, Deanna combines her upbringing in the Canadian Prairies with a West Coast influence and fuses them into a truly unique sound that is able to draw in an audience from the moment she sings her first note.
Deanna Cartea released her debut album, “Open Road” in May 2012. The album was recorded and produced on the eclectic Sunshine Coast of British Columbia by Ray Fulber at Strait Sound. Fulber brought in top notch Vancouver sidemen like Tim Hearsey, Micheal Rummond and Joe Stanton to add guitar work while Jay Johnson on drums proved a great match for Deanna’s rhythmic guitar stylings.
The album is off to a great start, having landed Deanna 4 licensing contracts (Australia and USA) early in 2012. After winning her Independent Music Award, she followed up with a radio campaign that landed her in the #2 spot on the Roots Rock Charts in Canada in July of 2012.
Artfully crafted with just the right dose of instruments and musical arrangements, this album covers a vast array of modern life’s determining topics and the fleeting feelings of love and loss. The tracks are all delivered with Deanna Cartea’s husky, honey-like voice and pleasant, catchy musical arrangements that are truly unique among modern indie songstresses.
What is rare about Deanna Cartea, is that she seems to be untouched by the cynicism and exasperation so prevalent in our modern day culture. Her songs have layers of depth, her arrangements are surprising and interesting and then there is her unique voice. She manages to have more enchanting nuances in her voice than many other singers we hear.
For example, many R&B and Soul singers never seem content to just to sing a great line, but run through a series of vocal scales to impress listeners with their pyrotechnics. Instead what Deanna does is simply magical. Her voice and phrasing is always luscious and fresh, without the unnecessary frills.
The tracks jump off “Open Road” with punchy, happy harmony and rhythm, memorable hooks and searingly clear vocals.
Music often can truly change your mood, while authentic to-the-bone tunes makes your hair stand on end, giving you the feeling of an electrical charge. You will be charged by “Open Road.”
Eleven outstanding tracks that defy pigeonholing. There is not one minute wasted on this album. Most of the songs on here are mellow, but when Deanna Cartea picks things up, she makes it work. Absolute standout tracks for me, amongst a collection of true gems, are “Robot,” “Tears Don’t Lie,” “Cover Me With Flowers” and “On The Edge.”
With “Open Road,” Deanna Cartea has put together a collection of songs that delve into the subjects of love, loss, and life, all while carrying a smooth sound which maintains an emotional intensity that never fails to connect with the listener. The album features slow, romantic tracks that bristle with emotion, interspersed with a sprinkling of lighter, upbeat pieces.
In closing, Deanna Cartea’s voice is as adventurous as the music she creates. She croons, purrs, whispers and warbles, just enough to turn each beautifully written melody into a pop gem.
Purchasing this album is not something you’ll be likely to regret. You’ll fall in love with “Open Road” and Deanna Cartea almost instantly.
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