Louise Le May’s debut album A Tale Untold is a stunningly beautiful album:
Louise Le May is something different – a unique and very English talent. Sometimes hard to categorise, her music in combination with the luscious, sophisticated arrangements of Louis Philippe, soars. It’s timeless, dreamlike and reflective.
Her voice, recorded with minimal fuss, open and natural is the first thing you notice. It has a lightness yet conveys a surprising depth. In the words of The High Llamas frontman Sean O’Hagan:
“She has the steady delivery of Judee Sill, but the harmonic flavour of Kate Bush or Robert Wyatt.”
Louise released a limited edition EP in 2009 attracting glowing reviews and airplay from Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson (including a live session) and many others. The EP featured reworkings of Louise’s early demos by Louis Philippe who discovered an immediate affinity with her music having been introduced to it by The Curveball presenter Christopher Evans. Plans were made for this album – A Tale Untold.
Some time, dedication and great deal of inspired effort has resulted in an album that’s been well worth the wait. An impressive full debut.
Arranged by Louis Philippe and produced by Ken Brake and Louis Philippe, A Tale Untold was recorded at Regal Lane Studio, London, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ken Brake. Piano arrangements on Furniture and The Only Fish by Danny Manners. The album features a plethora of fine musicians and even a small contribution from Young Marble Giant Stuart Moxham.
“…this is bravely gentle, soul-assuaging music that needs to be played loud so that its often swooningly luxuriant attention to detail and hidden depths can be properly savoured. A truly enchanting disc.”
– David Kidman, FATEA
“This wonderful debut album is a thoughtful and beautiful collection of enchanting songs from a unique talent. Writte with a keen eye for, and understanding of, those observations and details that transform the mundane into art, Le May is a worthy addition to an English tradition of songwriting that spans Ray Davies and Lennon and McCartney to Kate Bush and Kirsty MacColl.
Louise’s pure, sensual voice embraces the power of the simple and understated and this elegance of means is complemented by the sensitive arrangements of Louis Philippe and the intelligent and non-intrusive work of producer Ken Brake. Highlights include the delightful ‘Cassandra’, a pretty but poignant song shot through with narrative visions of pathos-riven domesticity, and the haunting ‘Broken Child’.
Stylistically diverse yet conceptually coherent, this album ranges across a variety of genres as it seeks to marry up creative intent with a rich variety of influences.” ****
– Greg Healey, Shindig!