Isolde Lasoen : Oh Dear Review
Isolde Lasoen has released her latest album called Oh Dear. The drummer, songwriter, and vocalist created each of the ten tracks from the drums up and presented both instrumental and vocal selections with influences from jazz to pop. Each piece is an adventure in texture, rich orchestrations, varying instrumentations, and captivating harmonies.
The mood of Oh Dear hits its stride with the ever-evolving French-influenced duet with Bertrand Burgalat titled “Douce Mélancolie.” The strings add drama as the psychedelic rock feel cradles the two vocalists. Lasoen’s backing vocals have depth and gorgeous harmonies. The different colors of the guitar also propel the song as it ranges from acoustic to warmly distorted. The instrument writing is just as developed and enjoyable as Lasoen’s and Burgalat’s singing.
“Batterie” is an outstanding cinematic song that has a magical beat by Lasoen on the drum set. The many layers of instruments and vocals keep this song’s intrigue in full force. The moving syncopated guitar figure and the sensual male voice speak to us to form irresistible ear candy. The big band-styled horns drive the energy further and show that Lasoen’s an artist of many talents and influences.
Oh Dear is a gem of an album. Lasoen is not to be held back by genre norms. Her music flows imaginative and is fresh sounding. Her understanding and focus on the groove lift each track above the bar.
March 8, 2023