Wednesday, 10 July 2013

IAMEVE - Temptress

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After reading an NME article the other day about bands shunning the album format and some saying it's dead (or at least dying), it seems like an odd coincidence that we've covered a few acts who are planning proper albums in the most real sense of the word. One such artist is Los Angeles-based IAMEVE, a singer-songwriter who was left almost unable to make music at all following an accident which strongly restricted movement of her arm. Rather than give up, she went through rehabilitation and began to learn other instruments that she could use to get her message across. It's this and other times that "the universe presents problems" that has inspired her new record.

A three-part concept album, 'The Everything Nothing', is due for release next month and single 'Temptress' is a sultry alt-pop track that uses modern production techniques and mixes them with classic soul, jazz and pop songs. Check out the bass womps mixing it with the strings and piano and the silky smooth verses giving way to a grand chorus. Comparisons could be drawn to Ren Harvieu or Anna Calvi, and that's part down to the imagery of the video which takes you back to a golden age that's now the preserve of black and white movies. A three-part concept album might sound like a daunting prospect, but if the songs are like this then we've got everything to look forward to.

IAMEVE's website

Buy the single

Catch her live:

Live at Couture (LA) Sat, July 13 at 9:00pm in PDT
Couture, Los Angeles, California

Live at Pianos (NY) Wed, July 24 at 8:30pm in EDT
PIANOS, New York, New York

Live at AMPLYFi (LA) Fri, Aug 9 at 8:30pm in PDT
Amplyfi, Los Angeles, California

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