We all like music to be easily labelled, to be found in one pigeon hole or another. To be able to say that a song or an artist is this genre or that style. But I believe that the best music is made where those demarkations merge, were sonic boundaries blur. But you always knew that really, deep down. After all, who goes to a restaurant and asks for a plate made up of only meat or just carbohydrates or just green stuff!
Yes, another food/music analogy, but bear with me.
Surely food is at it’s most enjoyable, its most creative, its most interesting and rewarding when it is able to blend flavours, contrast tastes, open up your palette to new experiences and unexpected sensations. Music is exactly the same.
Signe makes music which fits such an analogy perfectly. At its heart is a soul vibe, reinforced by her graceful vocals, but this is perhaps soul of a type that you haven’t really experienced before. Rather than employing the grooves and beats which have long been the engine room of the genre, she instead opts for delicate electronica to move things along. The beats are often spacious and wonderfully off-set but are perfect for the delicate sounds that she proceeds to drape over them.
Bored is the sound of R&B taking a step into the future, employing seductive rhythms and chiming electronica to form a music platform before she lays down a sensuous vocal line and Paradise takes similar sonics and intersperses them with more ambient interludes and pop sensibilities. Sirens wanders along some strange dream-pop pathways mixing an almost Cocteau Twins style dynamic clash of radiance and raw-edged music and the final song of this collection, Worry About Me, is a gorgeous slice of understated alt-pop.
Things are made all the more relevant and real because the songs on this e.p. catalogue a relationship which, in hindsight, was doomed from the start. But it is this passion, this willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve, this public exorcism of inner demons which really brings some heightened honesty to these songs.
Don’t ask me where this music fits in generically, as I said, the world doesn’t work like that any more and it is all the better for it. Welcome to the post-genre world.