Grace Attalie comes at you sideways with a classic smoky jazz torch singer vibe free and clear of the modern sound trappings that often dilute this particular genre in the present. Wind chimes? Check. Gently galloping bass? Check. Timpani rolls? Check for sure. Understated guitar lines doing what they’re supposed to do in this situation, which is support the vocalist? Check. And what vocals they are, slinky and sensual and definitely late night, coming on like a chanteuse from another era.
She released the excellent 3 song EP Polluted earlier this year, an offering that seems to have been unjustly hampered in terms of trash music site coverage due to the fact that the sounds on display can’t quite be placed into any particular category.
“Eggshell” makes interesting use of percussion, pushing the bongo and snare to the forefront and trusting them to carry the melody, not unlike Serge Gainsbourg’s Percussions album. The slower paced “Standards” highlights her lush, rich vocals, soaring with an ache that can only come from feeling displaced within a music scene, a culture, a world, and a Spanish style guitar line rolls nicely onto the track at midway. “Sombre Storm” can only be described as spellbinding, painting in voodoo dashes like a “Walk On Gilded Splinters” for 2019. It’s one of my favorite recent releases, and I look forward hearing more from her more sooner than later.
Grace kindly answered a couple of my questions:
How did you begin your musical journey?
In 2007, I purchased my very first CD – Chris Brown’s first and self-titled album; in love with his music, constantly playing the album loudly in my bedroom at my parent’s house and singing over it to the point where I wanted to be the female version of him, and thought: I already love dancing, let’s try singing and boom, “I can actually do that”, I thought! From there I started to nurture, hone my singing, and with time write songs.
Tell me about your songwriting and recording process.
It’s either the melody comes first and I then add words to it or the other way around – lyrics and then melodies. I’m an observer, a listener and thinker, I translate my perspectives into paragraphs on my phone and find rhythm in it. When I write lyrics, a range of elements spark inspirations, concepts and directions. For this particular EP “Polluted”, about 80% of the lyrics is inspired by my analysis of the parts human beings have played in the factors that have contributed to the current state of the world. Sonically and melodically, usually I hear sounds – melodic guitar lines or drum patterns and record it on a voice note right away, ruminate it, evaluate its potential, then present it to the producer, in this case, Erick Gerber (who has produced, mixed and mastered the entire EP) and we then develop the music from there.
Thanks to Grace and wishing her much success.