‘Analog Girl in a Digital World’ Arielle album review
For those of us of a certain age, hearing the familiar screeching sound of dial-up internet heralding the start of “Analog Girl in a Digital World”, will take us back to a time where life was a lot simpler. It’s clearly a feeling shared by guitarist Arielle who kicks off the opening track of her brilliant new album by reminding us all that “there was a time, you should have seen it, where we lived without the internet”. Going on to state how much better it was back then, it’s the start of a brilliant pop rock/classic rock trip to simpler, happier times.
Described as a 21st-century classic rock artist, Arielle comes Brian May approved, and her Americana-tinged rock is an absolute joy to listen to. Album opener “Digital World” is a trip down memory lane packed with polished pop-hooks and tributes to the good ole days. Part-recorded on tape, there is something about this album that will have you quickly losing yourself in Arielle’s analog world. Maybe it’s the warmth that pours from Arielle’s honest, heartfelt music or maybe it’s the fact that if, like me, you’re of a certain age, hearing the brilliant “This Is Our Intervention”, will take you right back to your teenage years. Times when you had posters of your teenage crush pinned on your bedroom wall or you raced down to the local record shop on release date to pick up your favourite band’s new record. Now, it’s not just the fact that “Analog Girl in a Digital World” takes you on a joy-filled trip down memory lane that makes this album one you will go back to again and again, it’s fact that from the brilliant opener, each one of the songs is an absolute gem.
From the energetic opener to the classic rock of “Peace of Mind” to “I’d Rather Be In England”, a rare moment where Arielle takes the album down a more fun-filled route, “Reimagine Redefine” starts out gentle but brings the album wailing to a massive conclusion. Like the guitarist announces at the start, there was a time we lived without the internet, there was also a time when music sounded honest and straight from the heart, these moments are few and far between in the modern era but, for the duration of “Analog Girl in a Digital World”, Arielle effortlessly takes you back to those times.
‘Analog Girls in a Digital World’ is out now. We also got to chat with Arielle about the album and more, you can see what she had to say below.
“When I completed this album in October 2019, I never thought the world would change so drastically,” says Arielle. “I didn’t realise the words to Digital World, and having to rely on it for our connection would be so prevalent. I’m hoping this album brings peace, joy and excitement to whoever is listening, and makes them feel less alone, and more hopeful about where the world is going. Here’s to using the digital world for basic necessities, but going back to analog hugs and real connection and contact.”
Four livestream performances are planned in the coming months. The first, which will be exhibited on May 13 will capture Arielle performing the new album in its entirety. The second, planned for broadcast on June 17 will feature her last studio album Suspension/Dimension played from first note to last. The third which is scheduled for July 22 will present a set curated by Arielle featuring person favourites culled from her repertoire. The final livestream will be staged on August 19, presenting the artist performing with scaled back accompaniment.
Tickets for the livestreams are available from www.noonchorus.com/arielle.