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Stolie

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"A collection of electronically tinged pop songs that are both smart and sexy, Stolie's work falls somewhere between Zero 7 and David Gray in that it's both forward-looking and accessible...Songs like 'Up to the Highlands' master a kind of Velvet Underground heroin groove while [Stolie] croons magnetic, swooningly sexy melodies over the top." - Clay Steakley - June 3, 2004


Satire-Laden Melodies "uses gorgeous, visual songwriting and echoey, evocative vocals that fall somewhere between PJ Harvey and Bella Donna-era Stevie Nicks." - Erica Gallagher - Summer 2004


"Growing by leaps and bounds since her previous, folk-based, self-titled album, Stolie has entered the realm of the beguiling. Satire-Laden Melodies opens with its title, which is all slinky, sexy and rides atop a trippy beat loop. Kind of like Poe on opium - heady stuff. Next, Stolie slips into something more summery with "Table," a glistening, drifting pop gem powered by some kooky electronics and Stolie's airy, innocent coos. After an epic-leaning, distorted guitar intro, "Up to the Highlands" reveals itself to be an intoxicating fusion of hip-hop street cool and buzzy rave-hall trance. While a couple of her previous folkie-yolkie tunes are thrown into the mix, possibly to remind listeners where her base is, it's the electronically fortified fare that is the most satisfying and filling. Maybe Satire-Laden Melodies is what modern folk music sounds like when it decides to get dressed up and feel sexy, or perhaps it is simply the sound of Stolie finding her sound. Pour me another shot, please." - Scott D. Lewis
- February 2005


Stolie spans many genres with new DIY release

March 23, 2008

BY JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic

No one will ever be able to accuse 30-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stolie -- raised in suburban Deerfield as Rebecca Stoelinga -- of being unduly narrow-minded when it comes to the musical styles she embraces. On her third D.I.Y. release, "Between the Fake and Real," she flits from coffeehouse jazz ("Humpty Dumpty") to ill-advised rap ("Tendency") to alt-country ("Long, Long Way"), and the leaps can sometimes be jarring.

But when she focuses her prodigious talents (she played all of the guitar, piano and bass on the new disc, programming everything else with her computer) on endearingly skewed pop songs that keep the spotlight on her wispy vocals and literary eye for lyrical details, it's hard to deny that she's the real stuff.

"We spent the night / In the back of the Target parking lot / And you kept me warm / In the back seat 'til the sun came up," Stolie sings in "15 Below." "Before long you wanted to go / It was nearly 15 below / And your car was completely covered in snow / I said, 'That's the way it is in Chicago.' "

Stolie celebrates the release of her new disc at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western. Visit her on the Web at Myspace.com/stolie or Stolie.com. - March 23, 2008


"One of the most excellent eclectic efforts I have listened to in a long time, maybe forever." - Arthur Gonnick - February 25, 2008


"There are some extraordinary tracks here." - Richard Milne - January 30, 2008


"True to its title, Stolie's latest is quick with sardonic flip of the tongue, backed by a synthetic sound punctuated by moments of acoustic charm. She injects a charismatic personal energy in to the type of music that can, in the wrong hands, bog down in a heavy-handed mire of manufactured sound. With this much talent in evidence, here's hoping that Stolie's future projects will be even better than this one." - Julie Craig - Summer 2004


"With sultry, yet soulful vocals and a repertoire ranging from Bjork-esque dance numbers like 'Up to the Highlands' to more traditionally acoustic and moving ballads like 'Skin' ... she is definitely a woman on ther verge." - Dean Ramos - July 2004


Midpoint Music Festival preview: "Stolie's 'satire-laden melodies' (coincidentally the title of her debut CD) span the gamut from Jazz-flavored singer/songwriter numbers to Country & Western-tinged songs with stops in Hip Hop, Industrial and Detroit (for a visit with The White Stripes). Smart, eclectic Pop with a wicked sense of humor.

Dig It: Rickie Lee Jones, a less hyper Cyndi Lauper, the class clown (DJ)"
- Friday September 24, 2004


"Chicago's mid-20s chanteuse Stolie boasts a record collection as wide and inclusive as her stylistic comfort zones. She plays on a white-girl soul with an electronics-on-ice vibe one moment, while sliding naturally into tight, Indigo-shaded harmonies the next. The latter proclivity finds her at her best, painting city-framed vignettes of love inside of a kiss on 'Skin,' just as well as, say, Laura Veirs or Cantrell." - Grayson Currin - November 4, 2004


Discography

"Between the Fake and Real" Stolie CD 2008
"Mine is Yours" Stolie & Gonzalez CD 2008
"One More Song" Acoustic Sideshow CD 2007
"Open Mic Heroes" V/A CD 2007
"Live in Chicago: Vol. I" Acoustic Sideshow CD 2007
"Tres Femmes" Tres Femmes CD 2004
"Satire-Laden Melodies" Stolie CD 2004
"Live at Schubas" Stolie CD 2003
"The Limited Edition Live EP" Stolie CD 2002
"Stolie" Stolie CD 2000
"The Coffee Mug" Stolie Cassette 1996

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Stolie's world of music began when she was six and started piano lessons. At sixteen, she learned two chords on the guitar and wrote her first original song. While attending Illinois Wesleyan University as a Music Education major, Stolie realized her desire to perform, switched her major to English to work on writing (songwriting, that is) and studied a year abroad in London where she began performing at folk clubs and for loose change in the Tube. Twelve years later, Stolie's released four albums of original music; her latest, Between the Fake and Real, has been featured on WXRT in Chicago.

Now nearing the 30-mark, Stolie has worked as a publicist and radio promoter, toured the country in support of her original music, plays in two acoustic duos in Chicago performing cover tunes, teaches guitar lessons, plays children's shows and birthday parties, and is currently host to four weekly open mics. She joined the Cage & Aquarium team in the Spring of 2008. Stolie is Chicago's Musical Renaissance Woman!