Click on the link here for Audio Player – Mélanie de Biasio – in concert at Route du Rock Winter – Feb. 23, 2014 – RFI
Someone unusual and special tonight. The music of Belgian/Italian singer Mélanie de Biasio has been described as a dark and sultry rhythmic incantation of Nina Simone with shades of Sade and hints at Velvet Underground.
I would like to think of Mélanie de Biasio as a completely unique and hypnotic experience – along with her band, who weave a musical tapestry with an ocean of nuance and a breath of ethereal subtlety, basking in a shower of mystery.
Tonight’s concert is from her recent appearance at Route du Rock Winter festival, and is part of her current tour, which is taking in much of Europe until at least the end of May. All this on the heels of her debut album No Deal, which was released in October of 2013 on PIAS Records Le Label imprint.
Her word images are stark and filled with emotion. But they’re so captivating and engaging that it brings you effortlessly along for a very interesting and engaging ride.
Evidence of her gift is the almost total silence she is granted by the audience (except for a lot of warm applause at the end of each number) and their undivided attention to every word and inflection. Clearly, she’s on to something.
As I said, she’s currently on tour, finishing up May in Italy. What’s in store for the rest of the Summer, or the year for that matter isn’t clear yet. In the meantime, check out her website and get her debut album. I get the feeling a lot of hours will be spent listening to it and absorbing it.
And this concert is just a taste.