|Eklipse - 'A Night In Strings' (AFM Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:00|
Attractive, sexy and damn talented, Eklipse are four female musicians in their early 20s who joined forces in 2012 in an attempt to conquer the world with their classical interpretations of contemporary pop, gothic rock and soundtrack scores featuring Viola the romantic warrior on viola, Scarlett on violin, Helena on cello and Miss E on first violin.
Eklipse laviously and smoothly open the release with 'Wonderful Life', a beautiful rendition of the English noughties synthpop duo Hurts' single, drift away music for the masses, the dreamscape musical approach continuing with a brave run through of Linkin Park's 'In The End'. Getting it down with the kids, a wonderfully crafted version of the theme from Eclipse, 'New Moon' finds some delicate interreaction between the instrumentation that works superbly and blends the gothic romance of the song with the quartet's mysterious erotic look perfectly.
Melancholia reigns over Depeche Mode's 'Home' to the point of magical musical fragility, and the upbeat take on Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' is brilliantly delivered, as is 'Cloudbursting' with all the elements of the strings that Kate Bush created so beautifully on the original version. The musicianship and creative imagination is achieved tenfold with a sexually tense and interesting slant on the Lady Gaga number 'Paparazzi', with its almost Beatles-esque string arrangements.
A mellowed out groove is laid out for the Snow Patrol classic 'Run' and all the layers and origins of songwriting of the track are fantastically covered so elegantly that you could be forgiven for commenting on this being Eklipse's own material. The diversity covered is extremely daring and admirable, as musically expressed on the theme from the Indian movie Bombay (composed by A.R. Rahman) this being 'Mumbai Theme', closing the album with an intriguing darkly romantized version of 'Clocks' from the pen of Coldplay, again, played magnificently, and visually the sex-appeal is breathtaking.
A beautifully crafted collection of songs, albeit non original pieces but completely mesmerising and incredibly seductive............
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