Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Artist of the Day: Jessie Ware
Further setting Ware apart is the production aspect of her music. Her experience with the DJ scene is evidenced on title track "Devotion," but it's on full band backed songs like "Running" that really highlight her uniqueness. Where she could go over-the-top and belt out a massive chorus, she choose to scale back and simplify- briefly allowing the music to do its own talking when it needs to. She's Grimes on steroids; she's Adele with a sense of musical theory, or more accurately, she's the beautiful marriage of their more evident talents. No, she doesn't do the production on her own, that would be Dave Okumu as the mastermind of arrangement, but she has the sense of what works and what doesn't down to a T. An artist of her age knowing her limits and keeping things in check is seriously exciting stuff. As Mike Diver of the BBC said about her "There's nothing 'next' about Ware: she's here, now, and superb." Couldn't have said it better myself.