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Joanna Wallfisch: Gardens In My Mind

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Joanna Wallfisch: Gardens In My Mind
In questo terzo disco da leader la cantante inglese conferma a grandi linee quanto espresso nel precedente The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside, 2012). Dal punto di vista espressivo si colloca decisamente nella tradizione delle cantautrici americane d'impronta folk; accanto a lei ritroviamo il pianista Dan Tepfer e il repertorio ripropone vari brani già incisi nel disco precedente ("Song to a Siren" di Tim Buckley, "Satellite," "Anonymous Journey," "Satin Grey" e "Rational Thought"). Le novità vengono dalla presenza del quartetto d'archi Sacconi e dalla ricercatezza cameristica degli arrangiamenti che rendono i brani meno disadorni e, diciamo pure, un po' meno uniformi.

Joanna Wallfisch interpreta con candore colloquiale e nitidezza d'esposizione, funzionali alle sue doti vocali, intimi temi dai testi ricercati ma melodicamente poco incisivi, che tendono ad assomigliarsi troppo. Unica eccezione è il brano manifesto del disco, l'esuberante "Gardens in My Mind."
L'interpretazione che abbiamo apprezzato maggiormente è "All I Want" di Joni Mitchell, sia nell'arrangiamento che nella parte vocale. Del magnifico tema presente in Blue la Wallfisch offre una versione dal forte pathos, rinnovandolo dalle fondamenta.

Track Listing

Moons of Jupiter; All I Want; Gardens in My Mind; Satellite; Distant Shore; Anonymous Journey; Patience; Satin Grey; This Is How You Make Me Feel; Song to the Siren; Rational Thought; Dreams of a Carousel; Brighton Beach; Lonely Road (All I Want Reprise).

Personnel

Released July 22, 2016 Sunnyside Records ​ All songs written and arranged by Joanna Wallfisch Produced by Joanna Wallfisch Joanna Wallfisch - vocals, piano & ukulele Dan Tepfer - piano & melodica The Sacconi Quartet: Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson - violin Robin Ashwell - viola Pierre Doumenge - cello ​ Record at Nimbus Studios, Wye Valley. Recorded by Matthew Devonish and Paul Jones Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington

Album information

Title: Gardens In My Mind | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

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