Imagine some mad guitar wizard producing a hybrid of Ronnie Montrose and Leo Kottke … and then marrying it off to a wild siren sprung from the DNA of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin. Their offspring might be Enigma
Enigma is a dynamic performing/songwriting team out of Southeast Nebraska, but don’t hold that against them.
Guitarist and composer David Epp jokingly describes his work as, “a combination of mess and finesse.” A talented multi-instrumentalist, skilled in guitar, bass, mandolin, saxophone and drums as well as vocals, he finds that the minimalist configuration of guitar and voice actually allows greater freedom than a normal band setting provides. Epp draws from a variety of inspirations to produce provocative works speaking to – and from – every corner of the soul. His inventive writing style and powerful expression provide a beautifully complex framework for vocalist/lyricist Carolyn Olesen, who herself is an amalgam of incurable rebelliousness and rigid discipline. Carolyn developed her vocal chops by being in countless bands; her background in theatre and dance has helped her to create a formidable and compelling stage persona that fluctuates, chameleon-like, through the facets of human emotion. Her lyrics explore joy and sadness, clarity and madness, past intermingled with present; from sassy to sublime, abject fear to just plain fun, Olesen’s poetry and delivery reflect the depth and extremes of human experience.
Enigma released their debut CD, Juxtaposition, in 2006. Juxtaposition is exactly what it says it is: a refreshingly unique blending of styles, from acoustic folk/pop to electric rock and blues, richly textured guitar compositions coupled with unusually intellectual and introspective lyrics, sung with gut-wrenching honesty. Their second CD, Eccentricities, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2008