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Gaelle Transient Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

The debut long player from long time Naked Music collaborator Gaelle Addison. As you...

Lewis Dene 2005

Since their inception Naked Music, and their distinctly original branding, have fast become a staple part of the coffee-table-album culture. Whilst their pop art covers often parodied but rarely surpassed by their competitors their music is peppered with tracks that inspire the usage of adjectives such as 'smooth', 'polished', 'chilled' and 'sophisticated'.

So what of singer/songwriter Gaelle Adisson, the neo-soul siren and her debut long-player Transient?

The lady herself refers to herself a misunderstood person in a complex world. She ain't kidding. One listen to "Parkway", an almost macabre tale of stalking told through the eyes of the obsessor, or "Repetition", which similarly borders on unrequited love, and you see a lady who's not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve for all to hear.

Influenced by a mixture of her African-American childhood community and her parents' Haitian identity, Gaelle (pronounced guy-elle), found herself writing music that was a cultural hybrid. By the time she moved to Atlanta in her late teens, she already had a songbook of considerable substance: one of these, "King Of My Castle", would later be recorded by the Wamdue Project and top the UK charts in 1999.

Transient, co-produced with partner Eric Stamile, is 180 degrees removed from her street-smart club anthem and pop smash, yet conversely is also not your typical r&b or soulful house collection either.

With her smoky sensual singing style and musical prowess, comparisons have been made to Sade. Whilst that's a little too flattering there are similarities, particularly the chunky, midtempo opener "Falling" and the equally sun-kissed title-track.

"Rain" is a sensual piano-driven song full of organic sound elements and emotional longing, while the jazzy melodies of "Love You More" and the broken beats of "Separate Rooms" showcase Gaelle's far-reaching range.

Like Bjork and Beth Orton, Gaelle's music is a true expression of her soul since she creates it from scratch, blending poetry with hypnotic, electronic beats. Her dry and introspective tone complimenting her impassioned lyrics, and perfectly suiting the cool jazz backing that makes up the majority of this voyage of self-discovery.

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