This is one of the most unique bits of music that has arrived in my inbox for a while. Una will be released on March 5th and comes from Leicester 4 piece Silent Devices. What makes this song quite so special is the fact that it gets to halfway through before any vocals actually kick in giving you chance to appreciate every single member’s talents as one by one each individual instrument joins in to create an intelligently layered piece which is utterly engaging before a single word has been sung. When the vocals do appear it is the lyrics in particular which ensure the intrigue they’ve worked so hard to build isn’t lost. They’re gritty, raw and, unlike the majority of lyrics that currently seem to be on offer, they sound genuinely crafted; a fact drawn into even sharper focus by the fact that they are always in short but sweet bursts. All this makes it even more surprising when you get to the final couple of minutes and realise you’re listening to a fully formed anthemic rock track which has been given a an incredible amount of care and attention to make sure that it is perfectly formed from start to finish.
You’ll all be familiar with the expression ‘right time, right place’ well Jodie Marie is the proof in the pudding. If the pudding was a saying and the saying was the one I’ve just mentioned.
Anyway, on with the story. Jodie is from Narbeth in Pembrokeshire and being from such a small place all the locals knew of the sixteen year old with the gorgeous, caramel smooth voice. Most likely if she’d decided to up sticks and head onto the nation’s favourite singing contest (a la Janet Devlin) the whole of Narbeth would have rallied round, hosted bake sales at the local church. Luckily for Jodie she didn’t need to enter a competition. Instead the father of a record label owner, was in town staying in a local B&B. That record label turned out to be Transgressive, an Indie label with signings from bands such as Two Door Cinema Club and Foals.
When the B&B owner overheard that the chap was connected to the music industry she mentioned that she had a plumber in and the plumber’s daughter had a lovely voice. Well I guess you know the rest of the story and the yellow brick road that started to unfurl before Jodie Marie’s eyes and here we are with a growing discography.
I Got You is her latest release and although it may conjur up images of Sonny and Cher fear not, the only cover this lady saw fit to triumph was Bob Dylan’s Forever Young. I Got You is beautifully soulful and her vocal sounds like that of a mature 30 something rather than a twenty year old. There are elements of soul, jazz, pop and indie in her offering which emphasises the strong influences her generation have grown up on. It’s content is simple and it’s a modern day love song, similar to something Adele would have written in her early days. Easy to relate to and even easier to sing. Just totally blissful.
I Got You is available to download from iTunes now.
After a prolonged absence brought about partly due to the arrival of a nephew and partly due to the death of my computer I am finally back up and running! By way of an apology I bring to you the new video from Exlovers for their track Starlight Starlight, which apart from being a fantastic song is also available for free if you head over to their website. If you’ve heard their music before you’ll be unsurprised to learn that is probably the perfect song to help you reminisce about or long for summer, owing to its hazy melodies and nostalgic lyrics which kind of make me long for a for hot sunny afternoon spent in a field somewhere. It might not literally help speed the sun on its way but it certainly helps make the wait a little bit easier to bear.