Fabienne - City Of Shadows (Super Recordings)
|Fabienne - City Of Shadows|
Release Date: 24th March 2014
This is the debut EP from Bradford born Fabienne but she's already achieved a fair amount to get this far in life. Following an audacious but successful request for an internship at New York's Atlantic Records at the age of 15, Fabienne went on to graduate from LIPA and has now been tipped as one of the 25 under 25 rising stars by the Evening Standard. Those are the facts but what about the music? Well, the music is liquid summer and that's all you really need to know but I'll tell you more, just to be thorough.
Lead track, 'City Of Shadows', has a beautifully soft, late night piano riff which is the perfect foil for Fabienne's super soulful vocal style as she sings of her struggles chasing her dreams in the big city. There are elements of Winehouse to her style but there's also a pleasing 90s feel to this that I haven't heard for a while. 'Sunstroke' is the anthem to be played at top volume in a car with the windows rolled down and your best sunglasses on as Fabienne sings and raps her way through a light, breezy piece of soul-pop. Then comes the new take on the soul standard structure in 'Are We Dead?' which uses that 90s vibe again with a more rousing feel than the previous tracks on this collection. Final track 'Mary Jane and Joseph' is the most relaxed piece here with some Mediterranean guitar plucking and a chilled out beat giving Fabienne room to express herself and freestyle on a song that seems to take in drugs, religion and the Wizard of Oz. I could be wrong though. Anyway, get yourself a copy and the next time the sun comes out you will want to stick this on, turn it up and unleash your inner soul diva with a Mojito in one hand and a fake microphone in the other. I recommend a ketchup bottle or hairbrush.
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