Tracks from Black Acid Soul by Lady Blackbird going by what we know so far (a substantial chunk of the record is streaming) are all spectacular. The debut of the singer, who lands very much in the jazz domain, although she may well be claimed by wider culture given how ungeneric the songs manage to be and also delivered so chandelier-shakingly, sketched in graphically with shades of Amy Winehouse to her sound, is out on 3 September.
The lovely Bacharach-type piano stretch from Deron Johnson (who was with Miles on Doo Bop, Stanley Clarke on East River Drive) to the beginning of 'It Will Never Happen Again' is a thing of wonder with an aching vocal line that melts you. 'Collage' kicked off by what sounds like a a churchyard bell and then what a key choice when Blackbird comes in makes the departure so unexpected. The organ soaked tearjerker 'It's Not That Easy' has strong Amy resonances but it's obvious Lady B only uses that point of connection as initial ignition. 'Blackbird' is more Nina Simone-like in terms of the depth of her voice and the ominous atmosphere. Leading from the string bass 'Beware The Stranger' speckled by vibes with very fine audio production and the whole thing slowed down is the one we keep playing most.
Before that playing one of the very best small venues in central London, Lady Blackbird is lined up for Oxford Street venue the 100 Club on Thursday 26 August.