‘Shameless Winter’ from Daisy Chapman - intensely personal stories(January 24, 2013)
Sometimes a voice not only reaches deep into your being that voice also produces intricately woven songs with multifaceted wandering narratives and turns them into something special – cue ‘Shameless Winter’ from Daisy Chapman. These intensely personal stories, filled with separation, discovery, longing and tough messages are clearly close to Daisy’s heart. However, she makes her songs so intriguingly accessible it’s effortless to share the emotions and ‘live’ the encounters, incidents and struggles. Although now and again that ‘sharing’ is an affecting experience.
To truly understand that statement just listen to any track on the album, they all exude the same atmosphere, power and charisma. There’s the opening track ‘Shameless Winter’ a deeply moving song that Daisy delivers to perfection, there’s the soulful longing within ‘Better Me’ and the purity of painful perception in ‘Mrs Hart’s Premonition’. Her depth of attention to lyrical detail continues into the deep-felt declaration of ‘Jealous Angels’, the overbearing sense of loneliness in ‘The Girl in Hannover’ and ‘A Sinner Song’ with its ghostly truth of resigned acceptance – and of course there’s ‘The Hangman’s Waltz’ with its tender piano and swirling strings.
Daisy writes unforgettable melodies and winds them in striking vocals; add her touch on the piano, some finely placed strings, precise percussion and you have a ‘travelogue in song’ that takes you along on her journey. Were I fond of comparison I could ask you to think who delivers ‘story-songs’ so well – to mind might come Paul Simon or Tori Amos but that’s unfair. Make your own judgement. Listen to ‘Shameless Winter’. Invest in a copy. Hear just how beautifully Daisy Chapman tells a story.
On ‘Shameless Winter’ there’s Daisy Chapman (vocals, piano) Lizz Lipscombe (violin) Charlotte Nicholls (cello) Tim Smith (percussion) Dan Brown (double bass) Richard Cross (trombone) plus Jay Head and Ali Chant (vocals).
Reviewer: Tim Carroll