Title - 'Walking In Twos' [EP]
Artist - Amanda Abizaid
For those not in the know, singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid is releasing a new EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.”
Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to an American mother and a Mexican/Lebanese father. She traveled the Middle East and Europe with her family before the age of ten, when she moved with her mother and brother to the United States. Along with her four sisters, she formed a band and developed a talent for harmonies.
Walking In Twos, the aforementioned new EP features the legendary Stephen Stills, and is a 7-track CD that also includes two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children. The EP also features other original songs and will release worldwide on all digital platforms March 3rd, 2017, along with a limited physical release.
Simply put, the project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song's downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.
1. 'Walking In Twos' (featuring Stephen Stills)
2. 'Lion's Den'
3. 'Set It Up'
4. 'Release Me'
5. 'One Love'
6. 'Promises Of Love'
7. 'Walking In Twos (Electronica Remix)'
Along with the stand out titular track, in both its forms, the other tracks are equally as memorable, especially the brilliantly cool, and original acoustic reggae-rock track 'One Love'. But, in truth it's the opening track, which showcases not only Abizaid's delicate vocals, but the beautiful choir-like harmonies behind her. Complete with children singing a whole chorus unto themselves, the aforementioned 'One Love' is a pure joy to behold.
Seriously, and together with its message, it's as good a reggae tune as I've heard in the past few years. In this day and age, it's a rare sight, a woman attempting reggae, but here Abizaid embraces the genre turning the musical outlet into a masterstroke of a song. Another track that pleases the soul is the bi-lingual 'Promises Of Love', a track that not only speaks to us (quite literally) in different ways, but incorporates a transforming trip-hop back beat (featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal).
And the trip-hop is also prevalent, and courses beautifully through an earlier track, 'Set It Up', a song that also features World flute melodies, with 'Lion’s Den' being a simpler, acoustic rock melded with subtle moments of electronica musical delight. 'Release Me' is an ambient electronic track, another bi-lingual musical moment also, and one co-produced with Mixman Shawn.
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