Some have categorized Enjae as 'trip-hop at it’s finest', yet others have referred to it as a style that is ‘all her own’. We prefer to let you decide. In a digital dependent world, Natalie Barry aka Enjae chose an unconventional route and stuck to 'golden era' production styles to develop her debut self-titled ‘Enjae’ CD. It becomes apparent early on to the listener that this CD is a collection of music with no ‘filler’ songs. The songs paint an individual story, each with depth and meaning all their own.
While each song manages to have an almost completely different sound from the last, together they take you on what one critic refers to as ‘a voyeuristic journey through a woman’s pleasures and frustrations’. Natalie manages to paint this story with rich dramatic colors while still maintaining true to her minimalistic ideals. Natalie Barry began Enjae in 1999 when she auditioned over forty musicians in search of the 'perfect sound'. She discovered the classic soulful, gritty, raw flavor she was looking for in 'beat maker' Elonzo Parker. Over the next twelve months the two of them worked together in a tired, defunct camper trailer in Shingle Springs, CA to write and record tracks for the Enjae project. Enjae and Elonzo produced the music entirely with an Ensoniq EPS 16+ or an Akai X-7000, an Alesis ADAT, a mini-disc recorder, Roland HS-101 or in laymen's terms - samplers.
They used actual non-virtual instruments, an ancient 16 channel mixer covered in coke/beer and various other fluids, several hundred albums, and ONE turn-table and a microphone. (Ain't no party like an old school party. Word.) The result is down-tempo music that makes you hip-silly, combined with contradictory smooth but raspy captivating female vocal. They originally made some of the music available for download on MP3.com in early 2000. At that time Enjae's 'Who Am I' jumped to MP3.com's TOP 10 in the trip-hop category. But like any good story there is a little drama!! In 2002 Enjae and Elonzo lost contact with each other along with the Enjae ADATs.
Enjae was left only with a CD of a few of the songs they had worked together on. Enjae sought out ways to recreate the music they had written but was unable to recapture the magic they had as a collaborating team. In April of 2006 Enjae received a late night phone call from Elonzo stating he was back in the area and had located the Enjae ADATs. Enjae quickly reunited with him and digitally downloaded the tracks and began the process of completing the now seven-year-old Enjae project. From sampling in a dilapidated trailer in the Sierra Nevada to the professional mixing and mastering skills of Jeff Northrup, the Enjae project is now come full circle. This project has seen many changes during the last seven years but what has remained constant was the vision that Natalie held true to.
To create a full length CD of music with no 'filler' songs. Her vision was to have a CD with each song telling a story all it's own, with each song having an individual sound yet having enough cohesiveness between the songs to be on the same album. All that can be said for her vision is - she definitely succeeded! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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