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"Manalili's emotional and atmospheric downtempo soundscapes … linger in the mind," says Billboard's Michael Paoletta. - VNU Business Media Inc.


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Blue Dreams

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Trip-hop, hip-hop, house, electro, and jazz are just a few genres that have shaped Blue Dreams. The aurally delicious blend is the result of the collaboration between producer Brian Bristol and singer/songwriter/bassist Sonia Manalili. Bristol is the cadence-crushing, flavor-infusing mastermind behind such scintillating tracks as Lydia Rhodes's cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and the dark, dubby remix of Moloko's "Fun for Me." A relative newcomer, Manalili's enticing voice crawls playfully and evocatively into your thoughts, wrangling words into obscure phrases to reveal her contemplative personality. The songs reflect a multitude of emotions like heartache, aspiration, and amusement.

Manalili has been playing music since the age of four, when the family piano provided her first taste in melodies. As a teen, she discovered bass guitar, playing originals and covers by the likes of The Dead Milkmen and The Cure in a band called Bill Shitski. Shortly after moving to New York in 1993, she joined the band Boob, an offspring of the New York City club scene and quickly gained a cult following after playing sold-out performances at clubs like the Limelight, Knitting Factory, and Squeeze Box. When the members of Boob parted ways in 1998, Manalili began her pursuit of a solo career.

Displaying her fascination with many different musical stylings, Manalili refuses to confine her sound to one expected genre. "Blue Dreams," the title song on the album, is a beat driven fantasy, with Manalili's words modulating through whimsical Eastern-inspired chimes. The acoustic musings of "Patience" take you into a steamy summer evening daydream. The love song "Wondering" addresses the uncertainty that one experiences in the first stages of a relationship. "Manalili's emotional and atmospheric downtempo soundscapes … linger in the mind," says Billboard's Michael Paoletta.