The highly-anticipated sophomore album from Angry Baby favourite Helen Connelly is released on 25th October. Garden of Kisses, the follow-up to Helen’s acclaimed debut Life Love and Lyricality, is a four-track EP, heralded by the signature single Do You Remember. It marks a maturing in Helen’s style, melding together a selection of collaborations with industry-leading writers and producers who seem to be queuing up to work with this up and coming jazz-blues artist.
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Opening the album “Do You Remember” sets out Helen Connelly’s stall as a jazz-blues artist to be reckoned with. No fancy production tricks, just Helen’s unique vocal styling sitting atop beautifully building arrangements. “Do You Remember” is the product of songwriting collaboration with producer Ian Post, that also created “Deep Under Water”, an upbeat offering delivered with urgency, showcasing a pop edge sitting alongside Helen’s jazz-blues vibe. With both tracks also mixed by Grammy award winning producer Simon Gogerly, quality shines through.
Title track “Garden Of Kisses” takes it down to Helen’s signature smoky jazz club sound. Sensuous and appealing, this is a further collaboration with Simon Gogerly, who joined Helen as co-writer/producer/mixer.
Bonus track “Set Me Free” closes the collection. Recorded with DA Music Group and Ian Post, this is Helen’s unique sound, stripped back, powerful yet intimate. There’s a 60s thing going on too, as Helen weaves a story of romance that’s bound to turn bad.
Garden of Kisses is a worthy addition to jazz-blues music collections everywhere. It’s a delight to hear a vocalist developing her style, especially through the delivery of original material. No doubt there is more to come too – Helen Connelly is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
You can find Helen’s advice to anyone just starting out with their music here.
Garden of Kisses is released on 25th October. Pre-order your copy here.
And why not head over to the Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester, Essex for the EP launch party on 20th October? Details here.
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