Out of Water
European swan songs fly the nest From the moment she began, Rebecca Jones was whispering her paeans of broken hearted rats and autumnal loneliness to rapt Newcastle audiences. These early gigs served as a preview of a talent that, only months after she started out, has avoided all of the conventional trappings that befall most acoustic players: her haiku-esque lyrics capture glimpses of birds flying south for the summer, her songs cherry pick the percussive oddness of Tom Waits and mix it with the continental flair of Edith Piaf, and her unflinching live performances draw together the textures of woodwind, brass and string accompaniment. Rebecca has since become a unique voice in the North East music scene, happy to share a bill with unplugged or rock acts, and has won plaudits from the local music press, prompting Narc. Newspaper to include one of her recordings on a showcase CD of Tyneside-based talent. Jones' background informs much of her work... her international influences are as a direct result of her own migration: she was born in Dublin, raised in Brussels and wrote much of the album while travelling in Cambodia. She later worked with rare and endangered birds while channelling her love of the great outdoors into her music. Her repertoire now nimbly pays it's respects to American pop trailblazers Janis Joplin and Del Shannon, while at the same time encompassing the widescreen emotionalism of European heroes Jacques Brel and Carmen Linares. Only with more birds. And rats. The result is Out Of Water, her debut LP available from mid-September on Ex Libris Records.