Alessi’s Ark - The Horse EP

'Patchwork Of Dreams' is possibly the best to plump for all round. Safe, but clever, heard before yet somehow quite original, it sums up the whole package.

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Released 8 Dec 2008 | | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 3-5
Alessi’s Ark - The Horse EP

There's a dream-like quality to Alessi's Ark that undoubtedly has massive cross-over appeal. Describable as a rockier (or poppier?) Coco Rosie coupled with a more innocent, less countryfied Dawn Landes, and a little sedated (read sane) Bjork somewhere in the mix, the EP's four tracks are hardly different, but almost entirely enjoyable.

Although the EP is built around opener 'The Horse', this smacks a little of A&R influence in the decision to promote this in particular. 'Neighbour's Birds' is a little more innovative. Its oddly nursery-rhyme-esque intro and outro makes for a nice, drummy number that should put a smile on anyone's face after that late morning weekend shower. As seems to often be the case, closer 'Patchwork Of Dreams' is possibly the best to plump for all round. Safe, but clever, heard before yet somehow quite original, it sums up the whole package.

Good for what it is, but when there are so many artists doing such similar things, better, it's as hard to think of who exactly will fall in love with this as it is to imagine anyone hating the 18 year old. Undoubtedly the best is yet to come.