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changing inside

by mark abis

"My vote for one of the best of the new generation." Joe Boyd (record producer: Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, REM, Richard Thompson)
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Summerbreeze
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2. Memory
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3. For a Woman's Love
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4. Dream Come True
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5. Heaven Is Your Face
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6. Steppin' Out
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7. Changing Inside
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8. Through the Heart of New York
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9. Stronger Than Desire
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10. Already There
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11. Pink Tulips
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Going back to the mid-Sixties, I've heard more than any one man's fair of singer-songwriters, so it takes a lot to get my attention. Mark Abis got my attention. His melodies are original, his voice warm and distinctive, a real musical sensibility is obvious, with literate lyrics to boot. My vote for one of the best of the new generation."
Joe Boyd.

Mark Abis is perhaps best known for writing the song 'Summerbreeze' that appeared in the TV show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and was recorded by Emiliana Torrini for her Roland Orzabal produced album ' Love In The Time Of Science.


Introducing Mark Abis, British author, composer and folk musician who has put together a compilation of his best work since 1995. He is essentially a solemn man with a superb voice that is not only soft and warm, but is also particularly sensual.
The voice is usually accompanied by a lone acoustic guitar when it is not supported by arrangements which are either ethereal or have richer bluesy strains.

Everything slips delicately into place as you listen. The melodies are straightforward and refined. Dream Come True and Steppin Out are truly likeable, and could have been written especially for those comfortable evenings spent around a good fire in great company. One is reminded of the subtle minimalism of Nick Drakes seminal and sensitive Pink Moon.
Despite this, Abis doesnt confine himself to intimate folk and somehow manages to emerge as a true, bluesy folk band with a sprinkle of orchestral arrangements.
The addition of backing vocals, 70s style keyboards and bass give pronounced bluesy tones, which can be heard in Through The Heart Of New York featuring the hazy tenor sax of Eg White, a musician who shows a forever evolving instrumental dexterity and who happily takes on several different fundamental roles to complement the seemingly calm & uncomplicated character of Mark Abis.
As in Stronger Than Desire, the use of harmonica can always bring a sophisticated touch of blues.
Gently out of kilter with the other tracks on the album, Changing Inside and Heaven Is Your Face have more of a Pop feel. Less intimate and withdrawn than the other songs, they are no less indispensable for their light-heartedness, and breathe a bit of variety into the compilation.
Mark Abis lullabies soothe us into a state of peace and tranquillity far removed from the chaos of everyday life.

Review by Ejeh. In Obskure magazine France.


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Abbey

Love It!
I love this cd... You will love it. Great and delightful artist.

Alan Robinson

Beautifully understated acoustic singer-songwriting
'Changing Inside' is a modest, understated gem of a record from Mark Abis. Some may recall his song 'Summerbreeze', as recorded by Emiliana Torrini, but this album shows that Abis has a even more to offer, with a considerable grasp of tuneful, lyrically intriguing Folky Pop. Utilising some subtle instrumental colouring to his lyrical ruminations, Abis has constructed an at times quite staggeringly good debut album.

Jess

Heck Yes!!
Heck yes Mark Abis! I received an anonymous tip to check you out, that I might enjoy your music. How did that stranger know it would be on my top ten most played?! Recommending to all my friends and strangers!

Cass Barbour

Wow.
The music world overrun with "this/that" genres and less-than-intelligent writing. Abis on the other hand has that rare thing called Talent and doesn't need to slash/slash in order to describe himself. His category is just plain Good. The best album I've bought in a long time.

S. Fuller

Wonderfully delicious.
Wonderfully delicious. If you like James Taylor, you'll love this album. Original, easy to listen to, romantic, and just plain fun.