Nicole Simone - Nicole Simone EP
Record Label: Crystal Ship
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Nicole Simone is a young 20-something California singer-songwriter. This is her debut EP.
How is it?
Steamy. Like the neon sign of a strip club, the six songs on Nicole Simone's self-titled debut EP ooze and drip with hot-blooded lust. Whether or not that's the Californian's intention is anyone's guess but lines like "I wish I could play you," certainly do little to dispel that notion. Blessed with an airy, seductive warble, Simone sings gossamer jazz ditties about heartbreak, newfound romance and the six degrees between them.
Album opener "The Wedding Song," features Jason Schwartzmann on drums and banjo and sets the tone right away. Within the first 30 seconds one can't help but think of Jessica Rabbitt prancing across the stage in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The aforementioned "Teach Me," is the disc's most accessible single and compresses piano, trumpet, altohorn, ukelele, mandolin and bass clarinet into one tightly wound should-be pop smash.
The introspective "Melt," draws on piano, trumpet, organ and a marxophone to concoct a steamy and sultry foray into seduction. The revisionist "Haunt You," is anchored in a rich vibraphone and a vibrant trumpet, while "You Got Me," is butressed by an orchestron. "Back For More," closes the disc with a straightforward, no-frills, air-tight jazz structure. When it's all said and done, Simone has put together one of the most playful and sensual EPs of any released in the last two years.
If this is just the beginning, hang on to your hats gentleman, this could be quite a wild ride.
EDIT: Though released in March, the EP did not arrive in the review desk until a couple months ago. Sorry for the lag.