With her 4th album, "Angels' Abacus," written while Emily was living in France from 2001-2003, she produced her most operatic work since her debut in 1993. This is music as architecture, as crystalline objects in time, with no agenda but its own sensual and complex beauty. Her voice, emotionally vivid but with a sheen of elegant reserve, glides and leaps over a landscape rich in electronic nuance and sparkling jazz-tinged piano. Her songs are kinetic and never languish, surging from delicate to intense, from open simplicity to opaque density, but always ravishingly melodic.
"Angels' Abacus" is a meditation on love and faith in all of their ecstasies and in their doubts. In the title track she imagines an angelic conference discussing the fate of her and her lover. "This isn't about renewal and redemption. It's about wondering if there's someone keeping score on you up there and you're just trying to cling to the next rung. It's about conscience and the gravity of decision in life and love....wondering does every action negate the last or does it all add up? And I've always been consumed by the inner struggle between my reason and my intuition. I think it's an intriguing paradox that an agent of faith, the angel, would be calculating our souls' destiny."
released September 1, 2004
Written by Emily Bezar
Produced by Emily Bezar
except tracks 1, 3 and 15 produced by Emily Bezar and Tim Pettit
all music and lyrics ©2004, Blue Countess Music, BMI
Emily Bezar: vocals, piano, keyboards, string and horn arrangements, drum programming
Jon Evans: bass on Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and percussion on Track 16
Laurence Cottle: bass on Tracks 1, 3, 15
Dan Foltz: drums on Tracks 4, 5, 10, 11, 13
Ralph Salmins: drums on Tracks 1 and 15
Tim Pettit: drum programming on Tracks 1, 3, and 15
Michael Ross: guitar on Tracks 4 and 10, keyboard on Track 4
Jeff Lewis: flugelhorn on Track 4, Trumpet on Track 13
Marika Hughes: 'cello on Track 12
Recorded and Mixed by Jon Evans at San Pablo Recorders, Berkeley, assisted by Bond Bergland
except Tracks 1, 3, 15 and 16 recorded by Tim Pettit at The Bunker, Hertfordshire and at SARM East, London, England, assisted by Phill Tyreman
Tracks 1 and 3 mixed by Tim Pettit at the Bunker, Track 15 at The Chapel, Lincolnshire, assisted by Fulton Dingley.
Additional recording at Studio Marylin, Cagnes sur Mer, France, Studio Malbosquet, Vence, France and at Big Tree Studio, Oakland, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee
Portrait Photography by Christina Shook
additional photos by Emily and Eric Bezar
Art Design by Emily Bezar