Comets and other drifting bodies, is an eclectic exploration of the spaces between us and the vastness within us, with hints of the little bits of magic that seek to bridge and fill those unnamable distances. Lead single “Upside Down” closes out the album with a bouncy, airy take on what it is like to feel out of step with your place in the world, yet somehow know that better days are ahead. Watch her whimsical stop-motion music video here. On the other end of the spectrum, lead track “Sometimes” approaches a similar subject with a more subdued, deeply emotional approach, with Chebrellan’s haunting voice calling for help with lyrics like “Remind me it’s worth surviving/ Remind me why I’m striving/ Talk me through this ’til I’m thriving.”
Elsewhere on Comets, Chebrellan shows the breadth of her songwriting on the album’s eight genre-blurring tracks, experimenting with the dark, swirling waltz of “Whisk Me Away” and the tortured, sultry jazz of “Scattered Dust.” She goes full-on lounge crooner on “I’ll Never Fall Apart”—complete with some playful vocal scatting for good measure—and even throws in a bit of bonafide, guitar-fueled indie-rock on the psychedelic-bordering “Signs.”
"There is indeed magic happening in this LP. There is moodiness. There is honesty. There is a feeling of aloneness and a feeling of community. [...] Despite some similarities in style, each song on Comets can stand alone, holding itself upright with authentic and sincere lyrics, coupled with the diversity of Chebrellan’s vocals in the duration of the individual songs. As a complete album, however, Comets is truly a journey."
~ KNACK Magazine
"Melody Chebrellan's new album Comets & other drifting bodies is a vibey if emotional ride with compellingly promising nuance, reminiscent of ascending bright lights Regina Spektor, Zooey Deschanel & Maggie Rogers and yet steeped in the dreamy tradition of masters like Kate Bush; pristinely pure, hovering now in a blissful obscurity, prepared for orbit."
~ Dave Ashdown
All songs written, sung, and copyrighted by Melody Chebrellan. Backup vocals by Katja Petri. Banjo, ukulele & acoustic guitar by Hannes Petri. Electric guitar by Rotem Fisher, Euclides Gomes Jr & Robbie Wilson. Bass by Robbie Wilson & Miguel Couto. Drums by Davide Molinari & Roy Salmon Weinheber. Percussion & programming by Roy Salmon Weinheber. Piano arrangement for ‘Losing Touch’ by Ben Pfister. Piano arrangement for ‘I’ll Never Fall Apart’ & ‘Scattered Dust’ by Adriel Bote. Keyboards, organ & programming by João Fonseca. Recording assistant Diogo Almeida. Studio Technician Guilherme Fill. All songs recorded & produced by João Fonseca at Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany. All songs mixed & mastered by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, Austin, TX.
Photo by Thomas Allison