Sunday, April 14, 2013

Gabriella Cilmi Grows-Up......

Sometime in about 2007 or so I stumbled across an add for .tel services.
I don't know exactly when or how, but I saw an add on the internet for what was supposed to be something like an Internets Phone Book. It seemed like a great idea, and I subscribed for a while, but what really got me about the add was the song they used:

The song gave me goosebumps.
I Googled it and found out that it was done by Gabriella Cilmi.
She was (WTF?!) 15 when the song was recorded.
Amazed, I began watching-out for her and, a couple years later, when I started the station the song went into rotation.
I missed her second album in the midst of all of the excitement about finally putting my music collection online and have just recently started following her again.
At the ripe old age of 21 she is soon to release her 3rd album-with a new label and a new look.
Recent things I have read about her progression have made me like her even more. Obviously she is talented and attractive, but she has decided that she wants to sell records based on her art, not her looks.
Good for us.

Below are posted a couple of videos, one an interview concerning (in a very polite way) her career decisions, and next, the performance she referred to in the interview.
If you like the influences she mentions in her interview, you will like her music.

Along with Sarah Borrello, Michael Kiwanuka, Lianne Lahavas, Jake Bugg, and Laura Mvula-all of whom are under the age of 23 and are artistically mature FAR beyond their years-I see a new vanguard in Indie that will be the mainstream soon. Production values are key but production isn't the art in and of itself .
Modernizing 'classic' styles in their own ways, these artists have true talent and vision.
I have said this before, and will say it again, I always am looking for the new Faith No More or other super-talented group playing the aggressive music I like...but I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised that the music grabbing my ears as the "New Future" is not at all what I expected.
Expect great things and they will come.
Enjoy, Cheers! C.

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