When We’re Not Looking

When We’re Not Looking

An album 30 years in the making, When We’re Not Looking exudes some of that 70’s-80’s folk vibe, which is not exactly surprising since it was the music Ella grew up with.   What’s notable though is how she managed to bring it to the here and now. Ella creatively adds her unique spin to the folk music of today.

Alternating richly textured storytelling with moody reflections on modern – world worries, When We’re Not Looking, reveals a fierce longing for a more peaceful existence while still celebrating the extraordinary in everyday living.  Ella’s heart-over-head approach in songwriting is no doubt the spirit of this 11-song selection that touches topics on grief, solitude and lavish expressions of sweet infatuation.

The album starts off in high spirits with Flying, a feel-good track about that certain freedom in realizing one’s dreams and seeing the many possibilities on the horizon. In Invisible though, Ella takes the listeners for a melancholic ride where she bravely voices out thoughts that many are afraid to say out loud. More of her honest and sincere songwriting can be heard in Breakdown, It Matters and Stuck. Birthday Blues comes as a surprise twist in the album with its jazz and blues sound and spunky lyrics. The album ends on a high note with a beautiful acoustic version of Flying.

With a notable debut album, Ella Melendez definitely holds out a hand to the reflective listener and makes sure you get to feel it all.