November 20, 2009
Skye: Dark chocolate and red cherries
Some of you may know Skye Edwards from her role as the lead singer in Morcheeba and others may remember her from her great 2006 album, Mind How You Go. Suddenly, out of the blue, she's back with a new one this week. It's called Keeping Secrets - that's the cover image above, sort of a cross between Nina Simone and Grace Jones. Interestingly the album is produced primarily by Ivor Guest, Grace's lover who did her brilliant 2008 record Hurricane. Her myspace page says the music sounds like "dark chocolate and red cherries" and that actually works. It's often languid, but with undercurrents of stronger emotions. My favorite song from Secrets (thus far) is I Believe, which manages to be both creeping and fluttery. Skye recorded it with U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois.
If you've never heard her work, I urge you to try a few tunes from the last album: Tell Me All About Your Day, What's Wrong With Me (video), Love Show (video) and the truly revelatory Stop Complaining (hear it). That album also spawned one of my favorite posts on this blog.
the final 40 seconds of this video is really beautiful
Keeping Secrets is on iTunes now.