Announces ‘Chambers On A Sleeve’ EP this November
listen to ‘Deep Down’ below
Afropunk premieres ‘Sell Out’ here
“A singer with a sweet yet husky voice, her material to date contains a classic stamp but a very modern feel” – Clash Magazine
Tracks: 1. Deep Down 2. Sell Out 3. Jeremiah 4. The House
In July 2012, De’Borah released ‘A Thousand Tongues’, an EP which has since received airplay on BBC Radio 6Music and BBC Radio Kent. Her next EP, ‘Waiting Games’, continued that run of success with airplay from BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 6Music and XFM. Her latest EP, the impending ‘Chambers On A Sleeve’, could well surpass those successes.
Encouraged by her father who brought her up on a nourishing diet of Gospel music and Stevie Wonder classics, the soulful edge to her music is what sets De’Borah apart from her contemporaries. Couple that with the Joni Mitchell-influenced story-telling and you have a singer-songwriter whose longevity is all but assured. At just 11 years old De’Borah began writing and singing her own songs, before she was given a guitar at the age of 13. Fast-forward to her college days, at 16 years old De’Borah was already playing live shows, thinking nothing of the almost vertical learning curve. Now she plays live shows all across London, and recently performed in New York, Bulgaria and Germany.
Definitive songs like ‘Three Word Phrase’ and ‘Just A Boy’ show that what makes De’Borah special is her uncanny ability to tap into the most fundamental of human experiences: heartache, alienation and burning love. “I have a vulnerability about me,” she says “and I really believe that not only does vulnerability connect with people but it’s quite empowering. That’s what runs through my music.”
De’Borah’s music has justifiably earned her a lot of respect within the industry. Ivor Novello-winning Chris Difford (Squeeze) described her as a “delicate and perfect writer”, while BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley praised what he calls “a wonderful purity to her voice and songs.” It’s easy to see why she’s earned such praise. De’Borah’s lyrics are captivating, thought-provoking and emotive, she paints vivid, mesmeric pictures with her songwriting that stay with you for days, and her use of imagery and wordplay is so endearing and charming you can’t help but give her your undivided attention.
‘Chambers On A Sleeve’, a play on the phrase “heart on the sleeve”, is a thoughtfully conceived four-track collection to be released in November, building on some of the themes she’s explored in the past but there’s a new dimension to this release. This time round De’Borah expands upon the idea of the heart being like a home, with each of the four chambers representing a different song, culminating of course in the EP’s closer “The House”. Sonically, it’s a much warmer and fuller sound with a comforting richness about it. Most importantly, this is the first release she produced herself, along with Jesse Hackett (Stones Throw Records, Gorillaz), and this hands on approach has taken us a step closer to hear De’Borah’s music exactly as she wants it to sound.
With music as tender and personal as De’Borah’s it seems only right that her music be shared in a relaxed, intimate setting. “I’m planning on doing a front room tour in January. I’ve done one before. Basically, fans get in touch with me. They invite their friends and family to the house and I perform a gig in their front room. It’s a nice way to connect with people, especially with new music. I’ve got a new EP coming out so it’ll be interesting to play new music in that setting and connect with new people.”
Balancing softly sung lyrics with powerful songwriting and potent, unforgettable melodies, De’Borah’s are songs that will outlive trends and buzz; they are songs with longevity that will be as potent and relevant in 50 years’ time as they are now.
Beyond the EP, you can expect plenty more music on the horizon since De’Borah’s more than ready to start work on an album in the near future and with any luck there’ll be a couple more songs along the way.