London based singer songwriter Franka De Mille has the distinction of being the only independent artist to be selected for the British Phonographic Industry’s Why Music Matters campaign alongside icons such as Nina Simone, The Beatles, Kate Bush, Louie Armstrong and the like.
Her classy debut Bridge The Roads – in which she exudes the same effortless cool as say, Rumour, explains why. There’s a similar easy listening pleasure exhibited, in De Mille’s case inhabiting Vaya Con Dios territory – an stylish blend of Americana, jazz, classics, folk and blues delivered by a largely acoustic line up that relies heavily on restrained, but intelligent use of guitar, piano, violin and cello playing.
It’s a fairly unique blend, and topped by De Mille’s powerful vocals is one the with a little exposure (a spot on the next Jools Holland series must be inevitable) will surely see her reach iconic status. Just sit back and listen to the epic centrepiece – Gare Du Nord – and tell me you’re not moved. A future Brits nominee, for sure. ****
Review by Peter Whalley
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COLLATERAL Mr Big Shot (Roulette Media Records)
BABY HUSBAND Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (indie)
OF ALLIES Off The Map (indie)
EXPLORING BIRDSONG The River (indie)
MARISA AND THE MOTHS – Slave (indie)
CATTLE AND CANE I Wish I Knew Jesus (Like I Do)
KING VOODOO Creep (indie)
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09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Big Blue World (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 REDLINE Gods & Monsters (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 WILDWOOD KIN (Silvertone/Sony)
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MAGNUM Sleepwalking (1992)
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