“Carefully” is the initial release by Russian born Singer/Songwriter Olya Kissaleva. This native of Moscow who has been living in the states since 2000 puts her own stamp on the genre of World/Pop music. When the opening strains of “Independ-a-nt” begin to play and I hear Olya’s voice I think maybe Astrid Gilberto filtered through Moscow instead of Brazil. Her voice with her Eastern European accent has a distinct flavor and the six songs on “Carefully” run the gamut from New Bossa to Classical Pop.

A veteran of Moscow’s Big Children’s Choir from the age of 7, you can definitely hear a choral influence in the arrangements of the backing vocals. Stand out tracks for me on this six song offering include “Let It Go” with a sultry saxophone solo provided by Loren Stillman, “Tsaritsa” which is sung in Olya’s native language and appeared in a documentary about Russian women living in New York. The EP ends with the beautiful title track”Carefully” which features a lovely string arrangement that helps bring out the passion in the heartfelt vocals.

Word has it that a new recording is on the way from this promising artist. To find out more go to www.olyamusic.net

Review by: The Randy Bee