To cheer myself up, I thought I’d post some of the songs I have on repeat. Common theme: distinctive female vocals and songs that need a full listen to be appreciated.
One Paloma Faith, dubbed “London’s favourite glamourpuss goofball” by Time Out London. I love her retro/artistic/dramatic style, and I love her voice. Her first album was dramatic and yearning, and her new one Perfect Contradiction has a funky, soul vibe – a homage to a bygone era. Her backing singers are quite frankly amazing – but then I’ve always thought that backing singers often out-sing and out-dance the main act. Also: they’re wearing all plaid and singing in a kitchen. That saucepan riff is quite frankly one of my favourite bits.
Two Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (yes, again. Be prepared to see them, Hot 8 and Sam Cooke constantly reappearing). Just…well… listen.
Three Barbara Dane – the woman who counted Louis Armstrong among her fans. I’ve moved right back through time for this one.