Andi Camp – Magnetic

Andi Camp
Magnetic

This is the third Andi Camp album I’ve had the pleasure to write about, and it’s the artist’s fifth since leaving piano-pop band Ribbon Fix, and still I can find nothing more online other than other people’s reviews and the stores that sell the albums. It’s odd these days to find an artist with little or no web presence, beyond an e-mail address. But I’m content to let Camp’s music speak for itself.

Magnetic comes beautifully packaged, a fact I now expect from the artist who used to hand package each of her releases and tie them with ribbon (and perhaps she still does the work herself). This one is quite nicely designed and has a magnet to keep it closed. It’s a nice little flair for a musician whose music itself is so beautiful.

With just a breathy, starkly beautiful voice and amazing piano work, with a drum set as accompaniment, Camp does so much. I’ve drawn comparisons before to Tori Amos, only because of the beauty of female voice and piano, but I’m more reminded of artists like Jen Wood, only the chosen instrument being a piano instead of a guitar. The songs here are rich and flowing pop songs, never too morose or moody, and through them all, Camp’s voice croons and soars, sweet and personal and so deep in emotion.

Each track here is lovely, from the upbeat and storming beginning of “Magnetic,” – a personal song with lines like “Don’t pretend to know how I like to be held” – to the breathy and sweet “Offhand,” which has a kind of desperation to Camp’s voice as she sings “Why can’t I open your eyes?” “Billy” proves the piano can lead an upbeat and fun pop song, and “Motorboats” proves what you already know: that it’s the perfect instrument for a sweet and softer tune. Don’t be surprised, though, when you hit the last track. “Moonshiner” is an alt-country song with male vocals (from Anderson Rice; Camp sings backup) and guitar, and it stands out like a sore thumb, but it’s still a pretty good song, mellow and heartfelt.

Camp is truly one of those artists who should be heard to be believed. Her voice is so beautiful, and she does so much with a piano (and the accompanying drums) that the songs convey more depth and emotion than most big bands. On Magnetic, and in fact each release, she sounds even more confident and sincere than the last, always developing her strong songwriting skills. This is a wonderful album from an amazing artist.