Angela Carlucci aka Little Cobweb has a dainty and lovely tone that is the light feather floating through an album of tasteful acoustic and gentle percussion entitled Indelible Marks. At times the mix is so pure and clean that the guitar strings ring like cooling tones of a harp. Simplicity and clarity are virtues of design and, in this case especially, music.
The vocals as well as harmonies are unconventionally executed and not always right on pitch, but there’s beauty and comfort in those slight imperfections. Carlucci’s voice stretches thin almost intentionally as if to narrowly avoid breaking in a gesture of endearing vulnerability. She emits a theme that’s quaint and cute yet mature and informed. With all the messages this album conveys, the center seems anchored with positive energy and a strong sense of self. Little Cobweb prides herself on short anecdotes of charm and wisdom that go down like easy to swallow capsules amidst a horse pill world.
“Be Yourself” is an unapologetic and affirming celebration of exactly what the title recommends. Life is too short to be too worried about the way people perceive us, especially when it conflicts with how our loved ones know and understand us. Carlucci is all about being herself and wants you to be too. You wouldn’t let that adorable face down, would you?
“Indelible Marks” has a pretty bell melody that sparkles along the verses and then switches the feel with a more prominent singer/songwriter chorus showcasing Carlucci’s higher register. It doesn’t necessarily represent the album in the way I had hoped, but that’s not always what this game is about. These tracks are their own experience and each one has a special mark.
“Someone Like You” plays around with a Cranberries-esque motif and lilts like a nocturne. “Two Plus One” is a sweet little number that lulls you into that familiar place and then picks up the beat in a way that’s perfect for a little dance or wiggle in one’s chair. I wonder if Carlucci has seen “The Wedding Singer” because this tune is oddly familiar to “I Wanna Grow Old With You” sung by the ever goofy and sweet Adam Sandler. If nothing else, check it out and laugh to yourself, you’ll enjoy them both as it is.
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