“…familiar styles -sunshine pop, country flavored rock -but done with a fresh approach and melodies that sound like instant hits.” – Andrew Gladwin, Cabin Essence
“A classy and enduring slice of laid-back pop” – Steve Ferra, Absolute Powerpop
“Anny Celsi…has been churning out first-class handmade music with songs that run deep enough to appeal to the folk & roots crowd while the arrangements are a far cry from morose traditionalism. With her mellifluous, well-tempered voice with a subtle hint of melancholia, Celsi draws us in while her poetic lyrics touch upon travel experiences, relationships and personal matters…What I’m trying to say: Anny Celsi is an original artist with a unique sound.” – Thomas Dewers, Chill@Blue Rose
“Fans of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon will find much to enjoy … the tracks on January turn back the clock to a time when pop music was taken seriously” – Kevin Mathews, Today Online
“These are pop songs for which the phrase 'perfect pop song' was invented.” – Freddy Celis, Rootstime
“Zelden straalt een album zo’n karakter uit. ‘January’ is een veelzijdig album dat ook heel wat Americana liefhebbers zal bekoren.” – Philip Verhaege, Keys and Chords
An album is more than a collection of songs...it's a journey. This one starts in New Orleans, where a brush with a French Quarter ghost inspires a Motown-esque dusk-to-dawn escapade, complete with stacked horns, handclaps and heart-stomping background vocals. The next track, ‘Travelogue,’ carries us along on a real-life odyssey, a tour gone awry when Anny and Nelson Bragg were waylaid by the infamous ash cloud of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and found themselves stranded at Heathrow Airport for five days. The song and storytelling cycle continues with ghosts who haunt the corners of the recording studio, boys who yearn to run away and join the circus and the mystifying shards of our own broken-glass hearts – all woven together into a travelogue of risk, resilience and renewal. While the songs are mostly Anny’s originals, January’s winter landscape is completed by a beautifully haunting cover of an early Steve Forbert classic, “Wait.”
In creating January, Anny has once again called upon the wealth of musical talent that Los Angeles offers. Kevin Jarvis, a well-respected producer/drummer who has played with Ben Vaughn, Shawn Mullins, Lucinda Williams, John Wesley Harding and Grant Lee Phillips, among others, played the drums and served as co-producer. Featured musicians include Kirk Swan (Dumptruck), Carl Byron (Michelle Shocked, Jim Lauderdale), 60’s chanteuse Evie Sands and Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in L.A.), local pop legend Adam Marsland (The Standells, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band) and Bragg. Anny’s son Ivan Pyzow contributed horn, string and vocal arrangements that are steeped in Motown, New Orleans jazz, and classic pop vocal harmony style – amazingly, for someone just past voting age -- as well as trumpet, piano and that rare blend of voices that can only be found between family members.
If you're a fan of Anny Celsi's pop noir storytelling, you'll want to add 'January' to your collection. If you haven't heard her music, start here, work your way backwards through the parade grounds and meet the rest of us behind the Tilt-A-Whirl. Don't bring a map.