At the time of writing, politics, women’s rights and global warming crowd the media headlines. This beautiful planet, my generation and older have done their best to ruin, has forced us to not only look at ourselves but at the younger generation for answers and positives. Globally the soul/R&B scene is enjoying a renaissance and reminds me that in music anyway, not all hope is lost.
A sign of the bright future is singer/songwriter Jade Litchfield. The young Swedish/Australian songstress released her debut EP ‘Sweet Escape‘ at the tail end of April.
The four tracks encompass the new era of Nordic R&B/Pop, balancing skilfully between both. Jades’ vocal tone is dynamically smooth and sweet without being overly sugared or forced. Lyrically the EP explores the joys and tribulations in relationships.
The EP opens with Brighter, an uplifting ode to a partner, with excellent acoustic guitar chords and delightful interjections of bass.
The Caribbean warmth of steel drums deftly used on Incapable is my personal favourite. The alluring sensuality of modern R&B songstresses Niia and NIKI come to mind on this exquisitely produced track.
The romantic Sweet Escape is harmonically rich as Jade commends the door her lover has opened for her. The low bass is warm like a beach view of the sunset, which is precisely the soundscape this EP’s concept resides.
Say It To My Face rounds off the EP with an increase in tempo, underlined with a reggaeton beat and crystal clear guitar chords. Jade harmonises angelically as she searches for mutual love.
Sweet Escape is not earth-shaking or groundbreaking; Instead, it’s a commendable debut EP, and a pleasurable listen. Not all music needs to change the world to make it feel and sound a better place.
A commendable debut EP