Wrap Your Bones – Arcelia (self-released) Reviewed by David Marx

arcelia-wrap-your-bones-album-coverWhen the word Arcelia is translated from Spanish into English, it means treasure chest; although the band of the same name’s debut album Wrap Your Bones is perhaps best described as a quasi-modernist, acoustic collection of thirteen love songs – all of which eventually worm their way into the sub-conscious filing cabinets of your mind.

While the lush and ethereal acoustic guitar(s) of prime writer Gavin Alexander does its utmost to procure the listener, it is nevertheless the combination of all three members – Teresa Gallagher on vocals/percussion and continuing Flying Picket (forgive them Lord for they know not…) Simon Foster on vocals/cajon – that truly bequeaths those with an ear, as well as a penchant for subtlety, with the full picture.

Whether it’s the folk induced, Prefab Sproutesque melody of ‘Cupid’ (not to be confused with Sam Cooke’s song of the same name) or the suave, shimmering soul of ‘Blossom;’ created herein is a musical journey that’s as much worth investigating as it is dripping with potential.

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