Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a jazzy and eclectic tune by London-based singer Bryony Jarman-Pinto. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Harry Stott on Supreme Standards.
"Saffron Yellow" by Bryony Jarman-Pinto
2019 | R&B and jazz-influenced singer and songwriter from London
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The title of Bryony Jarman-Pinto’s debut record, ‘Cage & Aviary’, is actually something of a misnomer. Yes, the avian theme is frequent and obvious; ‘For the Birds’ opens the album with layers of acapella vocal lines, each with the delicate, gauze-like quality of birdsong. It’s the idea that there is anything caged here that is off. Bryony’s vocals have total freedom, and are duly delivered without strain or stretch – the sign of a truly fine singer. The soar and glide, never trapped, wings clipped. Her voice is the centrepiece of what is a bright, finely tuned album that combines folk with Jazz, and evokes a feeling of natural bliss through the singer’s lyrics and crystalline vocals.
Given Bryony was brought up in Cumbria – one of the UK’s few remote wildernesses: all lakes and wild flowers – it makes sense that her sound and lyrics should convey such a sense of idyll. It’s a far cry from the upbringing many Jazz vocalists (and, indeed, most people) who came up in gritty cities would have had, and it is, perhaps, what sets her apart from many of her contemporaries. Her lyrical writing throughout is unashamedly bucolic, flooded with clear streams, lush meadows, sun and the wild. She talks of “Water, calming me down, soothing the flesh” on ‘Saffron Yellow’, one of the album’s stand out tracks, with a name that in itself suggests purity and clarity.
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