Acclaimed L.A. singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell combines a sweet, slightly sad but still innocent-sounding vocal style with mature, layered lyrics that cleverly delve into the messy side of grown-up love affairs. Her 2007 album, Miracle Of Five, was a darkly silky, brooding collection of acoustic waltzes and subtly jazzy torch songs. Her 2009 album, Artificial Fire, brings Mandell’s backing band more to the fore, opening up her sound and lightening the mood. At its best, Fire ratchets up the energy without sacrificing the intimate power of Miracle—indeed, maybe even enhancing it, as on the title track’s snaky recounting of a relationship that feels so right because it’s so, so wrong. A new album, I Can See The Future, was released in July.