Krystle Warren & The Faculty
LOVE SONGS: A TIME YOU MAY EMBRACE
PARLOUR DOOR MUSIC 23.4.12
Lovely rolling music, music of the soul – jazzy, personal and engaging. Not only does Krystle have an amazingly earthy and real voice but the whole experience has the live vibe you only get by….er…. playing live.
This album is thirteen songs lifted from twenty-five recorded live in the studio without overdubs. There is a special sound you get when everyone is playing and responding in real time instead of building layer-on-layer towards perfection. The confidence in doing something like that is quite something, especially when you add in that some of the songs are scored for a small jazz orchestra. That Krystle pulls it off is an achievement.
Ordinarily I run a mile from singer-songwriters. They too frequently remind me of people with I know with addiction problems, churning on and on about themselves and the minutiae of their innermost feelings. Good songs are personal but relate to the universal. Krystle’s songs are all love songs, as per the title, and they touch on feelings you’ve had or might have, creating the link and emotional connection of a good songwriter. Add that to a good band with smooth groove and a touch of soul and swing and you have an excellent album. Chucking in some William Blake just adds a twist of extra class.
The thing is, Krystle writes songs and sings them but she’s not from the folk tradition of singer-songwriters. She’s a jazz singer, with all the expression and playfulness that entails. A voice as expressive yet warm as this could sing the ingredients list of a cornflake packet and have you captivated - that she sings love songs is just icing on the cake. You’d swear this was from a mature and well-known musical legend, not a young woman on her second album. The mind boggles at what she’ll be capable of in a few years.