How To Weigh A Whale Without a Scale – Léanie Kaleido (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you are expecting the daughter of Top Topham, he of Yardbirds fame, to make music with a bluesy rock groove, then you have come to the wrong place. If, however, you are a fan of gorgeously delicate piano tunes, deft folk infusions, shimmering acoustic guitars and charming lyrical narratives, then step right in.

All The Things I’m Made Of was a great introduction to Léanie Kaleido‘s many sonic talents, an ebb and flow of beautiful piano sound topped off with intimate and honest lyrics, but one single does not an album make. And having set the bar so high with this musical calling card, you do wonder if anyone would be able to fill a full album with such lush and lingering songs.

But fill it she does. Someone’s Daughter builds a hazy yet wide-screen soundscape, Sweet Science is an understated slice of story-telling and the title track plays with Enya-esque, otherworldy delicacy.

It’s folk music that echoes with the haunting sounds of 60’s folk revivalists as much as it reflects the indie and ambient experiments which are taking place in the genre today. It blends a wonderful pop sensibility with a melancholic air and doesn’t take itself too seriously whilst making some seriously great music. But more than anything, How To Weigh A Whale Without A Scale proves that it is never too late to realise your musical dreams.

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