Monday, June 19, 2017

Guilande Guilande EP (international release 2017)

Once again, punks, I find myself dealing with a non strictly Blues release. Yet, this is probably one of the best kept secrets in the music scene today. An obscure band from Portugal which features an almost obscure female singer, also Portuguese but with African roots. And this almost obscure female singer boasts one of the most powerful and soulful voices you've ever heard, punks. And I mean EVER, got it? There are four songs in this EP. Each of them with it's own character, and each of them very well tailored and crafted. My friend Leen tells me that one of the guitar players is Carlos Pereira, the Charlie in Charlie & The Bluescats, and I like his band a lot. He also writes most of the tunes in this EP. But as good as I think he is, Orlanda Guilande is the real deal. A vocal talent like you won't get easily every decade. Orlanda's voice has an incredible range, from baritone to soprano, which is absolutely fabulous for a female singer, and she does whatever she wants with it, always in perfect pitch, except when she decides to go out of pitch, which she does with absolute control. She can overdrive her voice, twist and turn it, go from soft to rough in a split second without blinking. I'm not comparing, but she can go from Mahalia to Houston easily, with all the Vaughan's and Franklin's in between. And I heard she can blow up microphones with a scream. All this delivered with amazing soulful and emotional power too. Follow the lyrics and the emotion and you'll find yourself happy and sad and everything in between according to her wishes. She can make you cry, both of sadness or joy.
Guilande EP brings you fine songs and most of all, reveals a new formidable talent in the international music scene. So you punks, general public, promoters, bookers, get it and get her ASAP. This kind of talent is truly scarce.

Dirty Harry
Nina Massara Watch Me (2017)

Well, well, well. Back from a long travel absence I found myself contemplating this photo from a danish girl with an italian name on the cover of her first album. My friend Leen sent me the stuff to see what I would make of it. Since then, I have heard the music and found out the girl loves places like New Orleans and Nashville. The plot thickened. In fact, the music tells it all and it's a mix of all the above. Sign of the modern times. A perfectly balanced, well performed and recorded album with New Orleans and country influences infused into an unmistakably bluesy atmosphere. Great musicians (I do love the guitar playing). And what about Nina? Well, she's not a blues, gospel, or country singer. And, after all, she's not american. Some would say tipically scandinavian, judging by other known female singers from that part of the world. I agree. But there's something more. Let me guess. I hear naughtiness. And that's why she can sing the blues, punks. Nina is a bad girl, not too much, just enough, that sings the blues from yonder danish fields to the Mississippi waters and Tennessee hills, and she does it in her own way, but just right.
Nina Massara's Watch Me is some twisted sort of a pearl in the blues, I mean, country, I mean New Orleans musical scene. You will dig it, punks, and you will scramble to get it. Right now! Punks!