Ella Blame's music has the intensity of twilight: deep,
dark and luminous.
Let yourself be enticed into another world by Ella's unique and magic voice and ethereal and psychedelic sounds. Her music not only leaks into your mind, Ella invades it, leaving you mesmerized. Listening to her voice removes one from reality into this hypnotic and mystical realm of so many emotions and thoughts we keep secret...
comes from a different place entirely. She's one of the
most original musicians I've ever heard. Honestly,
listening to her CD Baby clips will give you a better
impression than I can explain in words…Her performance
on "Bitter Tears" (from her 2008 album of the same name)
sounds like Sarah Brightman on two different kinds of
acid, and when Sarah announced that her next record was
going to piss off her record label, I hoped it'd sound a
lot more like this. You've got drama already from the
title and strings, and then those vocals come in,
processed into the uncanny valley, operatic and brassy
and commanding. The music has plenty of twists, of
course, but this song's all about the singing…These
don't even begin to sum her music up, though, so again,
just go to CD Baby and listen. I sound like a shill and
I guess, in this case, I am. This is worth it though.
Morayati, Self as Fractal
Ella Blame is one of the most difficult to define
artists I’ve listened to in a while. Just when you think
you’re flying on a magic carpet you’re in that
Jamiroquai video where the floor moves; halfway between
a silvery Christmas jingle and a snowy coke dream.
Whimsical as all hell, Blame’s Bitter Tears album is an
over-the-rainbow collection of electronic and ambient
tracks bordering on the psychedelic and the ethereal.
With a handful of international collaborators, the album
has a variety of sounds and instruments ranging from
Indian flutes to Celtic folk all generously sprinkled in
Blame’s pixie dust. Her highly robotic yet strangely
sweet voice goes in and out throughout the album with
Kain, Dig This Real, Issue 14
Imagine a cross between Laurie Anderson and Bjork
and you’re not far from the voice of Ella Blame… Siouxsie
Sioux and Happy Rhodes are others who come to mind,
although Blame is difficult to pin down…Blame’s delivery is intimate, beguiling, and
sometimes a tad scary (that’s what makes it fun). The
overall musicianship on Bitter Tears is
mesmerizing in a weird way, underscoring the strengths
of a strange and unique voice. Not quite goth, not a
cabaret vamp, but somewhere in between.
Newman, Progression Magazine Issue 55
Ella Blame continues to
make edgy yet accessible music. She's still a strong
presence vocally and is not afraid of experimenting. The
densely throbbing "Cyberlover" is stuff to be proud of.
Blame is not one to take an easy way out when she can
throw a curveball. The spooky "Incurable" tiptoes
delicately round its melody like Björk can do. "Bitter
Tears" is haunted and dramatic, and Blame's acrobatic
vocals don't let it down. It's another song that would
easily fail in less assured hands. The closing "Hymn of
Goodbye" is a suitable song to end the album. It's
almost celestial and sweet, Blame's vocals angelic.
Anna Maria Stjärnell, the Ectophiles' Guide
… Right from the first
song "Cyberlover" you will feel like you entered a
hidden territory where there is a lot to discover...
Her new CD "Bitter Tears" has 11 songs and each and
everyone of them can easily be your most favorite one.
Listening to Ella is like being in a big mansion, each
song opens up the door to a different room... with
different colors, different decorations, different time
frames. By the time the CD is over you ask yourself
"Where was I just now?" ... that is if you think you are
This CD should have a
warning label: "May induce a state of altered
consciousness with distorted perceptions of space and
time. Do not drive or operate machinery while listening
to this music." Ella Blame's Ineffable Desire grabs you
by the synapses and delivers an endless stream of audio
stimuli that completely dominate your attention. This is
music you don't simply listen to - you experience it...
Ella Blame is innovative, perhaps ahead of her time. But
the day will come when this music is the pop music of a
new generation, and Ineffable Desire will likely be held
up as the seminal album of the genre.
Kenny Hart, Indie-Music
... Ineffable Desire, though, is full of blood and soul.
And madness. Off-kilter, 4:00 A.M. raw,
dark-night-of-the-soul madness. The CD cover with an
outlandish ray of light beaming out of one of Ella's
eyes conveys all of this... Her voice, the heart and
soul of the record, is the first thing that boggles the
mind. Many of the songs have her voice covering almost
her full range (she covers low middle and high registers
with bull's-eye accuracy). The madness comes from fear,
confronting death, life intensity, longing itself,
frustrated desire. Ineffable desire... You have been
Mark Kirby, MusicDish
in the frenetic "Thought Control" and the experimental
"Another Side," both with music by guest collaborator
Shinji Imai, Blame shows off the baritone end of her
huge range, along with her hisses and moans and piercing
high notes. She unveils a fluttery soprano for the
spooky, deceptively simple ballad "I Can't Sleep." In
fact, it wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say
that Blame's voice is to a normal person's voice as
Robert Patrick's shape-shifting Terminator was to the
stolidly anthropomorphic Schwartzenegger model...