Forever Days

Anandi

The third album from this Portland-based singer songwriter. From high energy pop to torchy, lyrical ballads, delicious vocals that you will not soon forget.

As one enthusiastic fan once said, "If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love." In answer to this Anandi responded, "Then you better be careful who you bring!" With a name that means bliss in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi's music has the ability to conjure up images and sounds pleasing to the senses.

But this isn't New Age music. It's delicious vocals and poignant lyricism. It's torchy folk and contemplative soul. These are the diverse workings of Anandi's new album, Forever Days.

For this, her third album, Anandi has returned to the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Brad Craig (Fine Arts Militia w/ Chuck D., Nastyfacts), drummer Genji Siraisi (Groove Collective) and guitarist and co-writer Steve Mayone (Kris Delmhorst).

Her unique brand of well-crafted songs contains a sense of wisdom and poetry rarely encountered in today's pop music. On Forever Days, the title track reminds a good friend that growing up doesn't mean losing a sense of delight in the world; on "Always A Child" she speaks with gentle tenderness to a friend who has lost faith; "Fruit" praises a friend's lack of discrimination in their affections. Anandi has also ventured back to the soulfulness of the original Gloria Jones' version of "Tainted Love."

Finally, seeing the destruction of the twin towers with her own eyes, inspired the last track on Forever Days and aims at creating a healing mantra for those who have experienced trauma or hopelessness from that day.

Such snapshots make us recall what it might be like to see the world as a playground, where being perfectly human, scrapes and all, is never a burden, always an adventure. Forever Days engages the listener, inviting them to sing along, revealing new dimensions with every listen.

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The Mirror

Anandi

Highly emotional and honest blues-based pop, a rare blend of beauty and attitude. This recording, like the meaning of her name, is blissful.

Although this Portland-based singer songwriter was born into a family of musicians, she chose to study at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center for several years before pursuing her life-long dream of writing and performing music.

After completing her studies, Anandi spent time developing her sound in New York City and Boston. An ever-growing fan base demanded a CD, prompting the release of her debut, Melody of Question, for which she received praise from The Boston Herald and Northeast Performer among others. She appeared on the Emerson College radio show, "The Coffeehouse." The song "Way" was included in the score of the documentary film The Manhattan Dating Project.

She released The Mirror in April 2002 and supported it with shows in New York City and Boston. She also showcased at the Nashville New Music Conference. The Mirror has received spins at college and core radio stations across the country and has received local and national press including Babysue and Performing Songwriter Magazine.

In the words of reviewer John Scalzi of Indiecrit.com, "A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right...The Mirror's heart and soul is in soulful - and blissful -contemplation. A solid album all the way through."

From the bluesy stylings of "Enough Of You," the raw emotion of "How Sweet It Was," to the honest self reflections of the title track, The Mirror is a beautiful production, through and through. The Maiden voyage of producer Brad Craig's BLC Studio, The Mirror is, without a doubt, a mission accomplished.

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Melody of Question

Anandi

Sophisticated, genre-jumping, introspective, and lyrically evocative. A repeat listen.

Daughter of former RCA recording artist Rachel Faro and Portland Latin jazz drummer Nick Gefroh, Anandi began singing backing vocals for her mother in clubs and concert halls at the age of 12. And while her beautiful voice may very well be a genetic gift, her remarkable ability to imbue her vocals with any style or emotion, and her impeccable vocal control, come from years of practicing her craft. Anandi's first cd, Melody of Question, is as beautiful as her voice, and a testament to years of hard work.

But then, Anandi is no stranger to hard work. Rather than relying on family contacts to launch her career, Anandi left home and set out for Boston and NYC - two of the most competitive markets in the music biz - to make a name for herself. And that's exactly what she did. In Boston, co-producer and drummer Dan Cantor (Hummer, Jim's Big Ego), helped Anandi to develop her sound, along with guitarist Steve Mayone.

Promptly after releasing her cd, Melody of Question, to wide critical acclaim, Anandi headed to New York City, secure in the knowledge that she had what it takes to make it on her own. There she met and worked with Brad Craig, who would be the producer of her next two releases.

Of her first release, Melody of Question, Daniel Gewertz of The Boston Herald wrote, "So many female singer-songwriters name Joni Mitchell as an influence... Anandi is one of the few with enough melodic flair to live up to the comparison." He went on to describe her music as "genre-jumping... dipped in modern jazz, emotionally available, open to the senses... lyrical, lush, yet uncluttered." That review was written 4 years ago, and Anandi's music has grown to a level of sophistication that far exceeds the sound upon which that review was based.

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