Baby Dee finds serial percussionist Alex Neilson (Death Shanties, Trembling Bells) and a band also including Joe Carvell, Victor Herrero and Jordan Hunt working with Dee herself, to bring her piano-led songs to higher levels of intimate-but-grandiose odd-cabaret. I Am A Stick is out on Tin Angel Records.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 May 2015
You are a stick? Ok. Fair enough.
It takes a certain type of listener to be able to appreciate the music of Baby Dee. It comes across as something like Hank Kingsley’s take on Liza Minnelli collaborating with some New York loft apartment free jazzers. It’s very THEATRICAL darling. The opening title track is full of disjointed piano, enunciated vocals and Trembling Bells Alex Neilson falling over his drum kit. ‘Sky Of Loving Arms’ again is some kind of fractured piano arrangement with dramatic vocal flourishes.
You do sort of think you are trapped in a half empty theatre watching a poorly attended musical theatre performance but what baffles one person, enthralls another and so music like this however divisive will be right up someone’s street.
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