Friday, September 5, 2014
Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die"
Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die" I'm currently enjoying the song and video "Live and Die" by Geneviève Bellemare. She collaborated over a ten month period writing with producers Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Crowded House), Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse), Busbee (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink) and Tony Berg (Lucius, Nicklecreek) on her recently released Verve EP Live and Die. It brings to mind some of the solo Thom Yorke material mixed with Portishead and Sade via a smoky jazz club. Good stuff. Collaborater Berg comments, “Geneviève approaches writing—and music, in general—from a uniquely spontaneous and soulful place. She has an unerring sense of what feels right for her, so collaborating is strangely (and often hilariously) devoid of indecision. She says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and that confidence informs everything she does. It’s refreshing to meet someone whose melodic and lyrical instincts are so completely her own.” Froom added, “I found Geneviève to have a distinctive point of view as an artist. As a singer, she has a depth of feeling that belies her age. Not exactly a soul singer, just absolutely real and soulful. As a writer of melodies and lyrics, she usually finds a unique melodic way into a song. In writing with her, I was constantly surprised with what she came up with (and how much I liked it!). All in all, everything I look for in a collaboration.”