Eleni Mandell, Algebro, Henry Wolfe | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sun., July 29, 7:30 p.m. 2012

LA singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell wrote the songs on her breezy new album, I Can See the Future (Yep Roc), after ending a relationship because her lover didn't want children and then having twins with the aid of a sperm donor. The music is airy and the sunny melodies are the sweetest and nimblest of her career, but she grapples with loneliness and unfulfilled desire. Mandell mourns the loss of her partner, only occasionally leavening her heartache by reminiscing about good times or assuring herself that true love is around the corner. On "Bun in the Oven" she cuts against the lightheartedness of the title—she starts out complaining that her pregnancy hasn't quieted her unrequited desire for sex, but by the end she's singing about her yearning for a lasting relationship. As a whole the album feels like a complex and multi­faceted psychological study, but the warmth and prettiness of the music help it go down as easily as a summer novel. —Peter Margasak Algebro and Henry Wolfe open.

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