Friday, May 29, 2015

Dominant Female Vocals - The May Post

     The common feature among the songs in this post is a heavy reliance upon female vocals. A song with vocals which accompany equally powerful instrumentation would not qualify. The vocals have to dominate the song.

     Eliot Sumner has a well-known father, but she is receiving attention based on her talent. We placed the song “Information” on our playlist months before being told she is the daughter of Sting. Her latest release is “Dead Arms & Dead Legs.” It’s a song that includes the “train crossing cadence” that is currently one of our obsessions. That cadence is heard in the piano from the start of the song.
     “Dead Arms & Dead Legs" by Eliot Sumner

     Aurora is from Bergen, Norway, but will visit San Francisco on June 5 (Rickshaw Stop). In addition to singer/songwriter Aurora Aksnes, the members are Alf Godbolt (keys), Magnus Skylstad (drums), O. Martin (bass) and Silja Sol (synth).
     “Running with the Wolves” by Aurora

     The Bright Smoke is a duo based in Brooklyn. The members are Mia Wilson and Quincy Ledbetter. In “Shakedown,” the instruments create an environment of force and determination, the lyrics fit well within that environment, but the vocalization style has a pensive feel to it. It’s a very attractive blend.
      “Shakedown" by The Bright Smoke

     “River” by Tula doesn’t belong in this post, until the 1:27 mark is reached. At that point, the strength of the female vocals become dominant. Tula is from Sweden, but she has relocated to Berlin.
     “River” by Tula

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