Victoria Blythe releases Silver Flyer
Primary URL: http://www.victoriablythe.com/
Rating: 5/5 Stars
(San Francisco). Having cut her teeth with multiple of stepping stone musical experiences Blythe is turning people’s heads and ears. As one critic puts it “A multi-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival” Maverick Magazine.
I honestly can’t think of a better time than now to unleash the kind of classic retro style Jazzy-pop music to the world. Having listened to the radio today – most would agree it’s time for something different. This latest 13 song release called “Silver Flyer” is outfitted with a distinctly familiar 70’s style Pop feel with a new Norah Jones-esque edge that takes no prisoners. The Victoria Blythe sound, personality just gives the music credible bulk and authenticity. Make no mistake – she is very interesting and a little tragic. Her airy vocal style and dreamy pop landscape backed by a non-urgent crack of the drum/bass tandems gives perfect dimension to the openers like, “Blind”, “Dancing with You All By Myself” and Coming Home” – is a tune that takes its time to build but when it peaks it is an immediate transport to days past, and a welcome one at that. Radically following is stark “The Deep” which opens with a slow burning intro and then transforms into something delicious. Keeping it real with the classic James Brown remake “I’ve Got You”. Think Blythe can’t pull this one off? Guess again she hits it out of the park. Other track like “The Seep Blue of Midnight” and the amazing “Feel You in My Bones” sealed the deal for me that what I Was holding was quite extraordinary.
Many of these tracks have hooks in all the right places and could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with Leona Lewis, Paloma Faith, Natasha Bedingfiled, and Gabi Cilmi. Cassandra Wilson, Stacey Kent, and Sara Bareilles. Coming full circle with influence from the past and modern day musical mentality, Blythe inspired my soul like some of the aforementioned artists not so much in likeness but more like in a thrumming of the heart, as a perfectly wrought pop song should be able to do.
Victoria Blythe has not taken their experience in the music business lightly, nor is this latest effort a heavy-handed grasp at recapturing glory days of 70’s pop of Jazz. For those in the immediate San Francisco area who are able to catch her live this is a great way to hear some home-bred music by some talented people, and for those in any other city this is a great band to try to model after. If you want to start a band go this direction. In a world where corporate is king and cheesy music gets product top dollar product it’s nice to see a real artists like Blythe make her mark. With a well-trained ear for what brought them to my ears in the first place Blythe have given us 13 hot new tracks to chew on and offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music that is sad to say fading.
Weakness: We’re beyond any of this.
There is something to be said for good pop-jazz-blues-soul via a CD like “Silver Flyer.” We can only hope that there is much more where this came from.
– Kenneth Logan. Approved by Heather Savage.