Albums, Music, The Revue — October 19, 2017 at 5:25 am

Helen Connelly – ‘Garden of Kisses’ (EP review)

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The highly anticipated sophomore offering from Helen Connelly arrives next week – 25th October to be exact. Garden of Kisses, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Life Love and Lyricality, is a four-track EP heralded by the signature single, “Do You Remember”, that we previewed here back in June. It marks a maturing in Connelly’s style, melding together a selection of collaborations with industry-leading writers and producers who seem to be queuing up to work with this up-and-coming jazz-blues artist.

Opening the album, “Do You Remember” sets out Connelly as a singer-songwriter-performer to be reckoned with. No fancy production tricks, just Connelly’s unique vocal styling sitting atop beautifully building arrangements. “Do You Remember” is the product of a songwriting collaboration with producer Ian Post, which also resulted in “Deep Under Water”, an upbeat offering delivered with urgency. The song showcases a pop edge sitting alongside Connelly’s jazz-blues vibe. Both tracks were mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Simon Gogerly, and the quality shines through.

Title track “Garden Of Kisses” takes it down to Connelly’s signature smoky jazz club sound. Sensuous and appealing, this is a further collaboration with Simon Gogerly, who joined Helen as co-writer/producer/mixer.

Bonus track “Set Me Free” closes the collection. Recorded with DA Music Group and Ian Post, here Connelly’s unique vocals are stripped back yet still powerful and intimate. There’s a ’60s thing going on, too, as she weaves a story of romance that’s bound to turn bad.

Garden of Kisses is a worthy addition to jazz-blues music collections everywhere. It’s a delight to hear a vocalist developing her style, especially through the delivery of original material. Garden of Kisses releases 25th October with pre-orders here.

And if you’re in the UK, why not head over to the Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester, Essex, for the EP launch party on 20th October? Details here.

Keep in touch with Helen Connelly via:

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