A Girl Called Eddy

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Has anybody else even heard this record? The only other ILMer I can think of who has mentioned it here was a guy called eddy, and he didn't like it. I like it a lot. In the face of it a New Jersey singer trying to turn herself into a classy 60s pop torch song Dusty Springfield-style diva could have been an Rx for Zs. But the slow tempos are not boring but stately and dreamy, and the arrangements give it all a nice downbeat rainyday soundtrack feel.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 21 January 2005 23:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought I'd already talked this album up here, but I guess not.

I think it's fantastic, probably my favourite album from last year. The songs are solid, her voice lovely, and the arrangements are absolutely gorgeous. The production, too, is perfect, all these marvellous, understated touches throughout.

derrick (derrick), Friday, 21 January 2005 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I just checked it out on Itunes. Nice!

darin (darin), Friday, 21 January 2005 23:57 (fifteen years ago) link

search 'Girls can Really Tear You Up Inside', 'People Used To Dream About The Future', 'Life Thru the Same Lens' and 'Tears All Over Town' especially, but you won't really go wrong with any of it.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 22 January 2005 00:02 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't care much for her music, but I put her sticker on my door a couple years ago anyway. and now she's got actual fans! that's cool!!

a guy named chuck eddy, Saturday, 22 January 2005 00:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I think the album is great! I thought the production by Richard Hawley could've been a bit looser though.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Saturday, 22 January 2005 01:19 (fifteen years ago) link

made my top ten last year.

agw, Saturday, 22 January 2005 03:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Is this an Ab Fab reference?

donut christ (donut), Saturday, 22 January 2005 03:35 (fifteen years ago) link

it's a Dusty Springfield reference.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 22 January 2005 04:37 (fifteen years ago) link

http://dusty.twistinthedark.net/images/girldst2.gif

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 22 January 2005 04:39 (fifteen years ago) link

no, i meant the "Eddy" part. (with the "girl named" thing)

donut christ (donut), Saturday, 22 January 2005 05:08 (fifteen years ago) link

although yeah, i can see the Dusty reference too.

donut christ (donut), Saturday, 22 January 2005 05:08 (fifteen years ago) link

The cover's really cute...how it looks like a used piece of vinyl from the 70's. I've only heard two songs from it but they weren't very memorable.

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Saturday, 22 January 2005 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

no, it's apparently just a nickname she uses to avoid being confused with the other Erin Moran, from Happy Days.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 22 January 2005 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I loved it, but didn't necessarily have that much to say about it.

Since it's snowing out now, maybe I'll put it on.

Eppy (Eppy), Saturday, 22 January 2005 20:36 (fifteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
i still love this album! let's talk about it some more.

derrick (derrick), Monday, 21 November 2005 09:05 (fourteen years ago) link

We could say something about how her first EP (Tears All Over Town -- an Evrything But The Girl reference) contains different versions of some songs that eventually ended up on the proper LP.

Or we could say something about how she used to be in a terrible group called "Leomoon" whose CD I paid $1 for.

brittle-lemon (brittle-lemon), Monday, 21 November 2005 09:30 (fourteen years ago) link

is the ep worth tracking down? i've never seen it.

derrick (derrick), Monday, 21 November 2005 17:00 (fourteen years ago) link

The EP first got me hooked on her, so I hold it dear to my heart. It came out on Le Grand Magistery in 2001 and contains five songs: early versions of "Heartache" and "Girls Can Really Tear ...", a cover of Stephen Bishop's "The Same Old Tears," and two other songs ("The Soundtrack of Your Life' and "Fading...").

The early versions are probably a little more tremulous-sounding: "Heartache" for example begins acapella, and is thus quite affecting. Of the exclusive songs, "Soundtrack" is probably the standout -- the tune is almost jaunty, full of ba-ba-bas, but the lyric is typically melancholic.

I'll try to YSI the latter later.

brittle-lemon (brittle-lemon), Monday, 21 November 2005 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link

The first verse of "Heartache", where she sings "Was it so looong ago?" = GOOSEBUMPS.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 00:28 (fourteen years ago) link

The album is underrated and underheard I think.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 01:09 (fourteen years ago) link

As promised, some YSIs:

"The Soundtrack Of Your Life," one of the songs exclusive to the EP: http://s31.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0RSZWE0KN7N9L1US6VP5RPDWPZ

The EP version of "Heartache": http://s31.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1HWI8TFBEUE4R0QOFZH7W9MBIQ

brittle-lemon (brittle-lemon), Wednesday, 23 November 2005 07:04 (fourteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Whatever happened to her?

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 11 February 2011 04:25 (eight years ago) link

I wondered the same thing a few months ago, and the only thing I found was a Myspace note or something from 2009 saying she was putting the finishing touches on new songs. I'm not holding my breath.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 23:17 (eight years ago) link

she was on this mojo beatles covers cd last year: http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/2008/07/the_white_album_recovered_inde.html
don't know if it's a recent recording or what. this was a good album!

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 23:22 (eight years ago) link

the girl called eddy album, i mean (haven't heard the mojo thing)

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 23:23 (eight years ago) link

Was wondering about her myself, just now.

henry s, Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:23 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

>:\ because there really should be more. she's got a quote in a recent article on gainsbourg, but other than that it's hard to find anything at all. http://www.salon.com/entertainment/music/2011/09/02/gainsbourg_influence

"so take the purple, and take the black,
and take all of the colors of heartache back
and throw them in the sea- and SAY YOU LOVE ME!"

golden vocal at like 2:15 above just kills

traumatic jarts injury hotline (Hunt3r), Friday, 9 September 2011 22:46 (eight years ago) link

Once there were trumpets in the air
And confetti in your hair

Agent Double O POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 September 2011 02:22 (eight years ago) link

weird, i sold this record today.

the-dream in the witch house (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 11 September 2011 07:44 (eight years ago) link

keeping the mp3s though don't worry.

the-dream in the witch house (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 11 September 2011 07:45 (eight years ago) link

five years pass...

I just spent half an hour trying to remember the name of this. I knew there was a name in there somewhere that started with an "E" and that it came out in 2003/04-ish, but it was surprising hard to find.

Wikipedia says she's working on a follow-up as of 2014, but afaik that's the last new news.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:51 (two years ago) link

Oh man, "The Long Goodbye" is such a masterful song. Sheryl Crow's been trying to write this song for 20 years.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 19 February 2017 08:04 (two years ago) link

Didn't know that she was in a trip-hop/d'n'b band called Leomoon who released an album in 1999 which appears to be on spotify. The music is very much of it's time for good or ill but the voice is unmistakably hers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoeBFPaYq1U

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 19 February 2017 15:19 (two years ago) link

Ooh, I have a vague recollection of that album.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 19 February 2017 15:37 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...
four months pass...

She has a new Instagram profile and it looks like a new album is coming in September.

omar little, Monday, 11 June 2018 15:47 (one year ago) link

Mixed feelings about this. Her debut is one of my desert island discs but the fact it’s 14 years later makes me nervous. Hopefully it won’t be a let down in the way The Avalanches follows up was.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 11 June 2018 21:33 (one year ago) link

i waited and hoped and waited and hoped. you're concern is reasonable.

Hunt3r, Monday, 11 June 2018 21:36 (one year ago) link

wow, this is huge!

yeah, it totally is a real concern. the lure is too strong though, and i very much doubt it will be an Avalanches disaster.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 21:59 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

So she was involved in an eponymous album by The Last Detail which sneaked out in September. Pleasant enough in a 'She and Him' type of way, but not earth shattering. https://open.spotify.com/album/5mTpIa8cHVdqgxsqEpBCdH?si=79IRMtAbQACD9u3mNfRftQ

Apparently a proper AGCE album is coming soon according to her instagram feed.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 28 December 2018 12:25 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

https://darla.com/products/a-girl-called-eddy-been-around

A little more than a year ago we released a very special album from a new project called THE LAST DETAIL, a super group, formed by FUGU and A GIRL CALLED EDDY. Or in other words, Mehdi Zannad and Erin Moran. Just over a year later, here we are releasing an album that many people didn’t ever think would every come, the second A GIRL CALLED EDDY album. While her debut came out in 2004 to much critical acclaim and was produced by Richard Hawley, it has been a while to say the least. But here is “Been Around” and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Very much worth it.

Throughout her career she has collaborated and provided vocals on projects as varied as Ron Sexsmith (“Exit Strategy Of The Soul”), SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, to French superstar Phillip Katerine’s indie classic “Parlez Vous Anglais, Mr. Katerine?”. Her debut album saw her out on tour supporting acts as diverse as Josh Ritter, Rufus Wainwright, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and THE CURE. And with that first record Moran has gathered a rather impressive list of fans: from Jane Birkin, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tracey Thorn to Robert Smith, Don Henley, Jarvis Cocker and Burt Bacharach to name just a few.

“Been Around” has arrived looking like a classic. Referencing her hero’s from Laura Nyro, and Van Morrison, to Steely Dan and PREFAB SPROUT, she has put together a collection of songs that still sound completely her own. They bring an essence of the past and real heart to the present. To a 21st century desperately in need of this kind of elegance, soul and inspiration, it is welcome indeed. Echo’s of Karen Carpenter and even Jackie DeShannon can be felt in the lead track “Been Around”, brimming with soulful horn sections and background vocalists, it is classic, high-flying soul-pop at its best. “Big Mouth” reminds us of the pristine, fragile sounds she created with Richard Hawley on her debut, a dialogue of light and shade. Those dialogues are the stars of an album that consciously aims toward the light and to contrasts. “Jody” is a fine example of this. A goodbye to one of her best and oldest friends, it’s a song thats bursting with life while grieving over death, all wrapped up in an evocative New York City narrative to boot. “Lucky Jack (20-1)”, an ode to her philandering but lovable father and the unpredictability of being the child of an alcoholic.

“Charity Shop Window” a collaboration with one of Moran’s hero’s, the Oscar wining songwriter Paul Williams (“We’ve Only Just Begun”, “The Rainbow Connection”) is a song sounding like a cross between a Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and THE BEACH BOYS tune all at once. Sublime. “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart” as Moran admits is a direct homage to Queen Chrissie Hynde for all the inspiration she has brought to her. “Not That Sentimental Anymore” might be the most lyrical piece on the album. A point of reflection about the passing of time, growing older and disenchantment with life, with the gigantic lines: “Think I’m turning into stone... I’ve become the Berlin Wall”. “Two Hearts”, a blistering radio-ready pop song with a hint of ELO and brit-pop. “Come To The Palisades!” a teen-age reminiscing of New Jersey amusement parks, summers, beer and love... Moran's lyrics are at their best in songs like “Finest Actor” with “There could've been moments, but they were just scenes” and the Josh Rouse-like “NY Man”.

The arrangements on this album work on a different level to Morans debut. Where that album was steeped in dark melancholy, this record seems to bathe in the warm yellow Kodachrome-glow of the best of the 1970’s. A looking back, but not pastiche. A sense of genuineness and heart permeates every track. This is an album so full of detail and wonder that we could go on and on.

But we are here just to say that we feel this record can be listened to from so many angles, so many points of view. This is record for everyone. Produced with Grammy winning Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves), Erin and Daniel have created something truly special together. Tracked mainly in Nashville, the list of guest appearances reads like a who’s-who of the best of music city: THE WATSON TWINS (Jenny Lewis), Victor Krauss, Jim Hoke and many others all make appearances.

“Been Around” is an enormous record. Made with love. Made the old-fashioned way. Perhaps thats where its timelessness comes from. Is reaching this exceptional and rich level of composition and emotion justification for such a long silence from A GIRL CALLED EDDY? Is that a question even worth asking? You haven't heard an album like this in fifteen years. She’s back. Dig in and enjoy.

omar little, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:53 (three months ago) link

*fingers crossed*

Beware of Mr. Blecch, er...what? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 02:02 (three months ago) link

So goddamn stoked

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 02:18 (three months ago) link

Awesome. But the release date isn't until January 2020? Ah well, I suppose that's just a fraction of the time that's passed since her debut.

doug watson, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 03:10 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

somehow i totally missed “the last detail” collab, even after responding above. I enjoy it a lot, but my anticipation is high enough to sway my eval. At least i got a couple weeks to enjoy it before the new one goes.

and i approve this message (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

IT'S FINALLY HERE

Johnny Fever, Friday, 17 January 2020 05:13 (one week ago) link

This is sooooo good.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 17 January 2020 13:16 (one week ago) link

all out arch-pop and nicely done is my simple first reaction, and the voice remains wonderful. still trying to figure out what’s in the songs.

in a mellow, balmy way (Hunt3r), Friday, 17 January 2020 16:16 (one week ago) link

Listening to this now. Digging the Steely Dan key changes during “Jody.”

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 January 2020 01:09 (one week ago) link

and the Pretenders moves on “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart.”

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 January 2020 01:17 (one week ago) link

Was worried I was going to miss the exact production of the first album, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be happening.

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 January 2020 19:55 (four days ago) link

Its weird having both this and The Last Detail album shuffled. While they are produced in identifiably different styles, they are a sorta wonderful retro interplay.

in a mellow, balmy way (Hunt3r), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:21 (two days ago) link


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