Allow us to introduce you to an artist so deeply engrossed in rich culture that it might just make you second guess what the mainstream considers an artist. A “citizen of the world,” Jazz singer/songwriter Melody Gardot just released her third studio album titled “The Absence.”
After finishing up her world tour connected to her ‘My One and Only Thrill’ sophomore album Gardot went on a year long journey to a handful of places around the world. It was during that time that the inspirations began to pour for ‘The Absence.’ Marrakech, Morocco, Lisbon, Buenos Aires and sailing off the coast of Brazil for a month all contributed to the combination of sounds on the album.
As organic as music can be ‘The Absence’ is layered with all sorts of different types of influences yet is so uniformed in the sense that the entire album is purely easy listening. Listening to the delicate guitar playing of film composer/ guitarist Heitor Periera provokes actions of pouring a glass of Chardonnay, slicing cheese and eating grapes for the entire evening. The richness of Gardot’s vocals are so soothing. Case in point, “Lisboa” massages the back of your neck whilst the duet of “Se Voce Me Ama” pleasures the entire body.
‘The Absence’ stands as an excellent body of art from Melody Gardot. After a year of traveling, longtime and new listeners of the Philadelphia-native can only conclude that this third album is a color palette of sounds painted to a sound that is uniquely Gardot’s.
Get into it!