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Bouche Release New Track

Bouche play the deeply emotive and beguilingly timeless music of singer and double bass player Rebekah Bouche, over a seductive swagger of electric guitar and a sultry, weaving trumpet. ‘So Long Solemn’, the trio’s first album is 9 tracks long, but boldly clocks in at just over an hour, and as the title suggests the songs form a kind of meditation on melancholy. There’s darkness both lyrically and musically which permeates this record – Rebekah comes from a blues background and you can hear that in her raw and open way of confronting the world and questioning her place in it. Stylistically the music ranges from straight up blues ‘Old Man London’, to the daringly arranged ‘Yankel’ which though it follows a trad-jazz form, features only a lone vocal and trumpet. It’s this kind of understanding and reinterpretation of traditional styles which makes this album take you somewhere completely new. Rebekah Bouche is a name to cherish for she is one of those rare gems which is growing more and more extinct – an unusual artist.  Difficult to pin down but before you mark Bouche down as a contemporary blues or jazz band, you’ll also find elements of soul ‘The Storm’, a pinch of psychedelia ‘23rd Time Lucky’ and ‘Into the Sea’, and the soaring cinematic soundscapes of ‘If I Were Queen’ and ‘House of Cards’ which evoke the pathos of old ballad poetry along with a sense of romanticism. Listen here.

All of the songs are centered on Rebekah’s gently swaying bass lines, and her pure and powerful vocal style. It’s a voice that reminds you of old blues singers with its unflinching honesty and emotional delivery, but on a track like ‘Everything & Nothing All at Once’ Rebekah makes use of her impressive range and remarkable variety of tone. It’s a contrast described by Sam Lee (Mercury nominee, promoter of The Nest Collective live music nights) as “quietly magnificent”. The lyrics likewise can be confessional as on ‘Je m’accuse Blues’ or cryptically poetic ‘House of Cards’ enticing you to a second, third or even fiftieth listen to attempt to unpack the ideas. However, the music in itself is so lush, and so tantalizingly arranged that it speaks for itself and makes for a compelling and deeply moving listen even at its most surface level.

Bouche have been performing live for a year and a half building up a local fan base in London and taking the music as far afield as Italy and Germany as well as into many a festival field the UK over (including Wilderness and Secret Garden Party). For a relatively new and unsigned band they’ve already amassed some strong support from their fans and promoters alike, raising over £3500 through their Kickstarter campaign to go towards making this debut, and being invited to support Van Morrison in March 2015 by legendary promoter Vince Power at his Kensington club, Nell’s.

The band will be launching the album at Dalston Boys Club on Thursday 21st April, with what promises to be a spectacular show featuring dancers, guest musicians and visuals.

Get lost in the beguiling world of Bouche. The album is released on You What Now Records on Friday 15th April.

 

Track List

  1. Everything & Nothing All at Once

  2. Je m’accuse Blues

  3. The Storm

  4. If I Were Queen

  5. Old Man London

  6. 23rd Time Lucky

  7. House of Cards

  8. Yankel

  9. Into the Sea

 

Live Shows

Thursday 21st April – Dalston Boys Club, Dalston – Album Launch

Links:

http://www.bouchemusic.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/bouchemusic

https://twitter.com/BoucheMusic

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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