I occasionally happen upon a piece of music on the radio that I do not recognise but which arrests me, triggering emotions and a want to hear it again. Yet I rarely am able to find it again. But this happened again just recently and I did hear the song again, and then managed to find out what it was, thanks to a guy in a bar who had some gizmo on his computer (this techno stuff never ceases to amaze me!).
Seems like it is a bit of a hit at the moment. You will have to excuse my ignorance but there is so much older stuff, of varied sorts, that I listen to that I never can keep up with what is being done these days. Bla bla bla, silly old git....
Anyways, this comes from a young London singer named Adele. She seems to me to be of the Amy Winehouse school of blues and soul influenced singing. She also reminds me a bit of Julie Driscoll too, not physically (Adele seems to have a few extra stone!), but for the voice and the sense of pace in her singing. I really like this, and she can write as well.
I show you the video below just for the lyrics as the sound is pretty bad. Listen to the one further down which is much better.
Here is some bio stuff that I took from her official web site.
“As soon as I got a microphone in my hand, when I was about 14, I realised I wanted to do this,” she says. “Most people don’t like the way their voice sounds when it’s recorded. I was just so excited by the whole thing that I wasn’t bothered what it sounded like.”
She is a fan of artists such as Jill Scott, Etta James, Billy Bragg, Peggy Lee, Jeff Buckley and The Cure (not all of whom I have even heard, but it makes me curious)
“I’ve got no problem explaining what my lyrics are about,” Adele says. “I really like poetry: I’m not very good at reading it, but I love writing it. Singers like Jill Scott and Karen Dalton are amazing; proper poets.”
And here is a video using footage from recording sessions for this track in California. I prefer it to those silly mimed clips that totally invade musical TV channels these days, not that I ever watch these.
This lady has something folks!