Envie

Envie

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ENVIE blends unusual instrumentation and painstakingly-crafted pop tunes to create melancholy, melodic music for the careful listener.

Biography

Atlanta’s Envie exists primarily as the creative vehicle for composer/harpist/singer Renee Nelson and lyricist Michael Overstreet. After several years of defining and refining their musical vision and experimenting with various line-ups, they’ve arrived at the perfect personal chemistry and a powerful unmistakable sound all their own as evidenced on their eponymous debut album Envie.

Recorded at Long Division Studios with Blake Long producing, Envie is filled with feverish pop-rock. Building upon the restrained beauty of Renee’s harp and piano, guitarist Chris Hoke (3d5spd, Sudden Rays), drummer Kevin Wallace (Dropsonic, Farmer John) and Jared Welsh (Jupiter Watts) on bass add layer upon layer of frantic, high-energy playing and a diverse range of stylistic influences. Envie consciously approaches its music and lyrics with the purpose of being as creative and original as possible, eschewing the expected for the unusual and unpredictable.

Praising live performances and the album as a work-in-progress, long-running Southern music magazine Stomp & Stammer characterized Envie’s music as “Intricate and pretty art-rock with a punchy pop undercurrent.” Athens, GA’s Flagpole Magazine described it “Music with a mind of its own.”

Renee started playing at age four, gifted with perfect pitch. As a child she had the inspiring opportunity of performing with Ray Charles as a member of long-standing children’s chorus the Atlanta Young Singers introducing New Coke to the world. As she grew up, Renee found herself being tapped to lend her musical talents to numerous recording sessions by local musicians in Atlanta-Athens area. Eventually Renee began to feel unfulfilled in her numerous supporting roles in bands and finally, in the middle of 10,000 people in a field with Radiohead onstage, Michael convinced her that she could strike out on her own and Envie was born. After several years of frequent personnel changes the current incarnation of Envie gelled in 2004 and started creating and crafting the material and arrangements that are captured so vividly on Envie.
After self-releasing the disc in late 2006, Envie was quickly picked up by Stickfigure Records who re-issued Envie in early 2007. Shortly afterwards, Envie was asked to join the Atlanta-based music collective Industrial Strength Promotions (ISP).

Lyrics

Still Room

Written By: Michael Overstreet

Jubilee!
Mimosa trees
fireflies
in the night,
warm summer -
can you see, what they're saying?

Oh, Miss Kat
(I miss you)
Your laughter
- never goes out tune

A universe in miniature
Night light.

Can you hear
What she's saying?

I've got
A swollen heart
But there's still room.
(There is still room)

I've got
A swollen heart
But there's still room.

My Amelia

Written By: Michael Overstreet

My dearest friend
eats stones all the time,
she's swallowing regret,
she's weightless and yet,
She's trying to get to the bottom.
Now her belly is full - rock hard.

And it feels like it was the right thing to do, at the time.
Can you - give me the sign?
When it's OK to stand?
Mouthfuls of sand - quartz and salty.

My dearest friend
knows how to push me
Over the edge, just by,
Just by touching my hand
Whispering my name
Now my belly is full
Now my belly is rock hard.

And it feels like it was the right thing to do, at the time.
Can you - give me the sign?
When it's OK to stand?
Mouthfuls of sand - quartz and salty.

My dearest friend
Likes to walk through my head
Sees the color of my voice
Takes my trust and exploits
She's tryin', she's tryin'
To get to the bottom
Now her belly is full
Now her belly is rock hard.

And it feels like it was the right thing to do, at the time.
Can you - give me the sign?
When it's OK to breathe?
Lungfuls of sea -cold and salty.

Passage

Written By: Michael Overstreet

I walked to you through the hills
You answered the door
Your hands in the air
Giving up already
Go ahead and beg for mercy
Go ahead and judge who's worthy.

I thought I was the one who was hiding
I thought I was the one most afraid

Words and bullets, whizzing by
Warm my ears in the night
When the sun comes up I'm a dead man -
Sing, sing, sing,
Death in a lullaby.

I thought I was the one who was hiding
I thought I was the one most afraid

Here comes the ruination
I never asked for this.
One last drink for our unwelcome guest -
Will you go quietly?
While I steal away?

I thought I was the one who was hiding
I thought I was the one most afraid.

Discography

Envie's debut record was released by Stickfigure Records in early 2007 (http://stickfiguredistro.com). Envie joined the Atlanta-based ISP-Music collective in 2007 (http://industrialstrengthpromo.com/).

During a summer radio campaign in conjunction with Team Clermont, Envie charted in seven cities and got airplay on at least 64 stations. Envie is also available on Pandora, iTunes and other digital music retailers. Envie can be heard on a number of online music zines such as Soupy Gato (http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=21268
).

Set List

Envie's set list contains all songs on their record as well as new material. No covers.