We thought we’d treat you to a little change of pace now after the bright and uptempo infectiousness of Fickle Friends this morning. As the afternoon ebbs away and the streetlights begin to flicker and hum with life, we thought we’d take things down a notch with some gorgeous folkly melodies and gentleness courtesy of Roxanne de Bastion.
Taken from her new EP (out on 26 Sept via Hidden Trail Records) title track “Seeing You” flickers with 60’s folk sensibilities and evokes elements of musical theatre. Her vocals float effortlessly from honey-dewed beauty to spoken word and ripples of olde worlde troubadour storytelling. It’s rich and full of deep textures that reveal themselves gradually as you listen, another layer, another line of melody to draw you into the tale. It’s quite lovely with just the right twinge of quirkiness to endear itself to us even more.
Should she be new to you, Roxanne was born in Berlin and spent much of her youth flitting between England and Germany before ultimately plumping for London. Gigs and song–writing followed, there was a debut album and next week there will be the EP (it too is lovely).
She is currently on a mini-tour to help promote it and the remaining dates can be found under the Soundcloud player. Most importantly for Norwich based folk music lovers (and we know there are many of you), her tour includes a stop at The Birdcage on Wednesday 17 September. Support comes from Norwich’s own Mari Joyce and Brighton based Ellie Ford (both of whom are also wonderful) and tickets are available here. We’ll see you there.
Roxanne de Bastion mini-tour
15 September, LONDON – The Finsbury
16 September, BRIGHTON – Otherplace at Bar Broadway
17 September, NORWICH – The Birdcage