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Melanie De Biasio - No Deal
Melanie De Biasio - No Deal
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Melanie De Biasio - No Deal

No Deal is the new album from Melanie de Biasio, released April 28th on Play It Again Sam. Album of the week recently on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 Music show, No Deal has already achieved Gold status in her native Belgium, and is approaching Silver in France.

Originally from Charleroi and currently based in Brussels, De Biasio is a classically trained flautist and the possessor of an extraordinary voice - she has been called the Belgian Billie Holiday. The minimalist, semi-improvised No Deal will reward any music-lover willing to take the time to immerse themselves in its subtle splendour. The album should appeal to fans of late-period Talk Talk, who’s Mark Hollis is a huge figure for De Biasio. She also cites Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd as formative influences, plus Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln, two icons of the civic rights fight and spokeswomen of an aggressive jazz stripped of any affectation.

No Deal comes in at 33 and a third minutes and contains just seven songs, through which De Biasio’s voice drifts gracefully, at times disappearing altogether. With Pascal Paulus on keyboards, Pascal Mohy on piano, and Dre Pallemaerts on drums, De Biasio has streamlined everything to give more space to her extraordinary vocals. There is a natural flow to the album, from the intimate beginnings of I Feel You to the farewell note of With All My Love. The final song intimates the reconciliatory, redemptive powers of song, the calm after the storm, yet bristling with emotion, a ‘frisson‘, as they say in French. Rarely has a record unfurled as many dark beauties and hidden luminescence, speaking a thousand musical languages while remaining completely accessible.

Track Listing

1 I Feel You
2 The Flow
3 No Deal
4 With Love
5 Sweet Darling Pain
6 I'm Gonna Leave You
7 With All My Love

Product Details

Artist: Melanie De Biasio
Label:  Play It Again Sam
Format:  Vinyl LP
Condition:  New  
Cat Number:  PIASR690LP
Released:  28 Apr 2014
Genre:  Jazz

Regular price £17.00