Just four tracks. What a lot is packed in. It's sensuous jazz pop with plenty of highly controlled emotion from singer-songwriter newcomer Jasmine Power.
Joined by pianist Joe Armon-Jones, sparsely used; Jean Toussaint bassist Daniel Casimir, vital in key atmosphere-building parts of the songs; by Dem Ones drummer Moses Boyd who adds a hooky rattling snare springiness to the opening of haunting break-up song 'Late Hours'; and by the singer’s fellow Trinity Laban student trumpeter Harrison Cole, there is a certain simmering drama to the songs in their intensity, and a mournful late night mood that easily establishes itself. Themes include awakening the youth and a tiredness with the world today that she elaborates upon on 'Modern Century's Stage'. And perhaps most effectively, built up by a series of 'are you?' questions, rites of passage song 'A Man or a Boy' ends up as loving words of reassurance delivered darkly. The songs take a little while to reveal themselves, perhaps there is a certain wordiness that might over burden some of them but the lyrics have an urgency to them that blend tough instinct and an airier poeticism. She can fly effortlessly up from her normal voice to a much more vulnerable and smaller much higher voice that has a certain innocence to it that contrasts with the otherwise sassy persona she projects in deeper tones. Born in the Lake District in the early-1990s to Welsh and English parents, Power was brought up in Wales and her influences include Nina Simone and Chet Baker. At times, on the darker material, you think very fleetingly of Amy Winehouse. Harrison Cole certainly adds little Baker-like reveries floating between the impressionism of piano and Power's vocal lead that isn't overdone and the backing throughout is unobtrusively retro possessing a casual elegance and even a reserve. So, all in all, a really fine first glimpse from a singer who has a style and vocal personality already all of her own. SG Out on 27 May
- Last Updated: 25 May 2016