Artist: Melody Gardot
This enchanting little Latin-tinged number opens up American jazz chanteuse Melody Gardot’s third album, 2012’s The Absence. The video for it feels very much like a romantic travelogue - an idealized, utterly perfect day in Rio, full of colour and sensuality. A distinctively intimate voice whose sultry language of romance is always apparent, Gardot’s songs are almost invariably about love. She’s been the heartsick, spurned woman in the throes of a love gone wrong or vanished altogether; here she revels in a buoyant love anchored to the exultant here and now.
Gardot has encountered a good deal of adversity in her own life, having been seriously injured in a debilitating bike accident in 2003; her story from that moment forward has been about personal strength and perseverance. Her very personal musical sensibilities stem from the lengthy resultant recovery; on the advice of her physician she took up music as a therapy for recovering from, and coping with, the neurological side effects of brain injury. It’s a curious and strenuous path she embarked on but the journey has been one of joyous transcendence. It’s like she should have been singing from day one.
Posted by Max MacDonald