Jessie Ware - Eurosonic Noorderslag 2012 review
'Once collaborator now fledging solo songstress'
Chris Swindells - 14 January 2012
From behind the mask of SBTRKT and anonymity of Joker steps Jessie Ware, once vocal collaborator now fledging solo songstress.
Simplon Up is a more traditionally built, compact and grimy venue compared to others at Eurosonic, but the box-like black space doesn't provide the acoustics you really need to appreciate the vocal and electronic nuances of Jessie Ware.
Ware's recent single 'Strangest Feeling' is arresting in it's laid out fragility, and carries an understated melodic spine. Dub influenced bass and the synth maps a compelling tune of broken love. It's the closest to the singer's previous flirtations with electro producers like SBTRKT.
For her first ever gig with a backing band this is a start with ideas wide of the previously left electro mark, she's got more soul on show, an eighties look and sound not running far from the legacy of Sade.
Charming the crowd with a timid introduction the South-Londoner jokes about her first play on her new "toy", the sample pad, layering vocals on top of each other, it's a timeless effect even if she admits: "I learnt to use this about a week ago."
'Sweet Talk' is a co-written effort with PMR label mate Julio Bashmore and more eighties soul-pop fun than anything else. It reaches the diva-less highs of Mariah Carey and whether it damages her credibility to say that this song writing prowess is going to take Jessie Ware to new heights with her debut album, which is expected in the first half of 2012.
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