We were instantly spellbound by Ileina, whose intimate, soulful voice and deeply felt messages, coupled with celestial ambient tones and smart, subtle arrangements, took us on a journey. “I Find,” a song about self-realization, epitomizes a purity of tone that made us listen to her every word.
Reverbed piano accompanies her on the haunting “Sleeping,” which urges “no more sleeping” in its theme of awakened sensibilities. The artist’s soulful phrasing evokes Sia and Adele and the recording proves that understatement can speak volumes. She gets inspirational and utopian on “Truth,” a lighter, gospel choir-infused effort. Though she could push her voice to even higher limits, Ileina is already at a lofty level.
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