Track premiere \\ Miryam Solomon ft Shabaka Hutchings
Vocalist Miryam Solomon releases Magnolia this September. The dreamy four track EP features UK heavyweights Shabaka Hutchings and Seb Rochford. Check out the world premiere of the title track.
Born in Sweden by way of Eritrea on Africa’s North-Eastern coast, Miryam draws on her love for story-telling that developed as a child. Bedded by polyrhythms from Drummer Seb Rochford (Sons Of Kemet, Polar Bear), Miryam’s lyrics float on Magnolia; the words “Love that runs deep is never too much” also play above Shabaka Hutchings on clarinet. Produced by Ben Marc and Neil Charles, bassist Jean Berthon and drummer Tansay Omar also feature; Tansay of Funkshy – who worked with Bjork in the 90s – plays drums on track Something About Your Mother.
There’s something gently reminiscent of Corinne Bailey-Rae and Lianne La Havas in Miryam’s voice. What casts a spotlight over Miryam however is her interplay with jazz harmonies throughout the EP, intwined with experimentation in electronic sounds. She’s also not protective about allowing her featured artists to bring their artistry to the forefront. Seb Rochford‘s insistent, metallic-focused rhythms drive Is That Too with contagious pace.
Miryam Solomon has been taking some time out since her debut EP Evergreen was released on Frizz Records in 2014. With Magnolia EP she’s continued to tie the dots between jazz and folk in her songwriting; Miryam explains that she was inspired by feminist psychoanalysis, vocal improvisation, Ghanaian high life and dreams of Scandinavia.
Magnolia has been funded by the PRS Women Make Music award
JS | Tina Edwards