If your love of the Ukulele has been thwarted by seeing George Formby, marginalised by Ukulele Orchestra or perverted by Sabrina's cousin Shelley, a.k.a 'Dead Tooth', delivering ditties between her day care duties at her canine and kid creche (Raising Hope) then fear not. Eliza Newman may possess a quirky under belly that can match that of Kimya Dawson or Jonathan Richman but her accomplished second album is testament to the fact that she has more than one string to her bow. The opera trained, unwitting Al-Jazera foreign language correspondent (Can you say Eyjafjallajokull?) and former Bellatrix and Scandinavia band member has a taken a more relaxed approach for her sophomore solo album. "Empire Fall was more minimalist and had a darker undertone."
'Pie In The Sky', Eliza's latest full length release, showcases her multiple talents very well. Having learnt violin and piano from an early age, singing and the guitar coming later, she is able to combine both classical structure and composition with wry, anecdotal left-field pop in a marvellously liberating way. Having "Calmed down quite a bit", Eliza's sortie into the world of Heavy Rock over for the immediate future, she now says "My music is more relaxed............Its beyond words, like touching heaven with your inner ear!"
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