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The Media Crunch by Kyle Bulai

Music Corner: Melissa Trinchere’s “Seasons”

On her new album Seasons, Los Angeles based musician Melissa Trinchere crafts ten songs that fans of Fiona Apple and Tori Amos (among other talented ladies of the piano based singer/songwriting movement) can easily get into. Described as an album of love songs, cautionary tales and deeply personal character stories filled with an ethereal, brooding sound, Ms. Trinchere creates music that is both lyrically engaging and sonically pleasing. 

Unlike the instant ear candy that pop represents, the songs here are catchy in their own fashion. This is music for thought as much as it is entertainment. (She Gets What She Wants comes to mind.) The songs are building, clever and demanding of repeated listens, like on album opener Slow and Broken which has the piano following along and settling on a rhythm that you’ll want to hear again. Album closer Dark November is another standout. 

Starting with January, the album transports the listener through a personal journey of love, loss and relationships over a year’s time. It is the concept and central theme of the album which shifts between dates (Christmas on the Emerald Isle) and layout. Not just sticking to piano backed songs, a few have an almost alternative rock vibe to them. 

With three EP’s and one previous album already under her belt, Seasons is a strong effort that shows Ms. Trinchere to be a talented and creative singer/songwriter. Her music brings to mind the earlier sessions of Amy Lee, Fiona Apple and other acts who went on to build more onto their sound with bigger backing. Her voice has a nice, relaxing and serious tone to it that completely fits with this type of music and that is unique enough to distinguish from her other contemporaries. 

Seasons was released on December 7’th and is available for purchase (among her other releases) on iTunes. It is also available for order at her website where you can hear a stream of the album. You can also get a sampling of a few of her tracks at her Myspace page here: 

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Melissa Trinchere ~ Les Petits Garcons 
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 @ 00:43:10 UTC  
Topic: Reviews


Artist: Melissa Trinchere 

CD: Les Petits Garcons 

Home: California 

Style: Pop 

Quote: "Melissa Trinchere should be discovered for her vocal talent very soon if this CD gets in the right hands." 

By Denise Squier 

Les Petits Garcons is a great vocal project. Melissa Trinchere should be discovered for her vocal talent very soon if this CD gets in the right hands. 

Trinchere is also a very talented songwriter, giving us songs that describe the elements of man — air, fire, earth, and water. Her insight into the makings of man is very much beyond her years. 

The tracks that really stood out were from her Fire section. Track #4 “Le Soleil,” had some beautiful piano licks in it, but I wish that this song would have led into a more intensive piano-accompanying vocal. Track #6 “First Love” was just an overall great song and picked up the piano licks from “Le Soleil,” but the guitar was not needed in the background. In addition, having Track #5 “Without You," for a 53-second break from the piano lick was a letdown; combining Track #4 and Track #6 into one song or having them occur back-to-back would have been more effective. 

If Trinchere is not looking to get a record deal with a major label and have a backup band, she will need to further hone her piano skills. The instruments behind her vocals detract from her performance, and most songs only have her playing digital piano to accompany her singing. Recording companies are looking for the best vocalists out there (and Trinchere could easily fall into that category), and I’d hate to see her lose an opportunity because of focus being drawn to poor instrumentation accompanying her powerful pipes. 

Still, Melissa Trinchere is a force to reckon with, and I will not be surprised to hear her voice (with a backup band) on the radio soon.

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Hermosa Beach Patch by  Rhett Nadolny
"Melissa Trinchere, who has performed throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles, changed the vibe with a keyboard set. Her jazzy voice proved very versatile. As a gifted storyteller, Trinchere's music demanded attention, like the darkly atmospheric "She  Gets What She Wants."

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