We loved Melanie De Biasio's recent Blackened Cities release but here she drops the big one on her third full length album. Her sound is something like Nina Simone channelling Bark Psychosis as she sings the blues over spectral spooky jazz with a post rock sense of ambition. Looking forward to it.
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As much as I want to re-use my Nina Simone meets Bark Psychosis one stop comparison to describe the music of Melanie De Biasio this her third full length album moves away somewhat from the sprawling night jazz of last years 'The Blackened City' and concentrates more on standard length songs that draw instant comparisons to Portishead, and yes Amy Winehouse.
Her dark nourish songs a beautifully immersive jazz inflected things that are just waiting for her intimate blues vocal stylings to waft on top. This is cinematic music that is led by a triumvirate of piano, bass and softly brushed drums. ‘Let Me Love You’ is a standout piece - a slowly evolving driven piece of deep thinking motorik but it’s something of an anomaly amongst the Ronnie Scott’s ready torch songs. She’s better when she’s more experimental (hence why The Blackened City was just perfect) but there;s enough here of interest/ ‘Afro Blue’ hints at electronica and totally reinterprets this jazz standard into something that might become a future classic. Get her some great material and watch her fly.
It’s not quite the future jazz I was hoping for but there’s more than enough remarkable moments on this intimate, rewarding album that the producers of the Jools Holland show are foolish not to get her on the show. She’d sweep away the usual jazz/blues wibbling as soon as she opens her mouth.
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