Bonnie Love

Curiosity got me here. I noticed something when I was preparing the Gabriella Cohen post a few days ago, that Gabriella has a sister Bonnie Love who Gabriella had produced some songs for an EP.

So I had to have a listen, I am so glad I did. Bonnie Love wow! I am in love with her voice. It hits you to the bone. So hard and soft, so rough and smooth, this young lady is a true old soul. In a word amazing.

Bonnie Love is from Melbourne, as was her sister.

I read a wonderful quote about her that I want to share.
“An explosive Molotov cocktail of harlot and song from a true chanteuse who was born for the stage.” Felicity Black, Dirty Power Studios

No videos so far, but you are in for an aural treat.
I’ll show you “Songs of love and living”.
A collection of songs written around USA & Melbourne town 2015/16.
Recorded by her sister, Gabriella Cohen in a collection of lovely lounge rooms dotted around the country.

First up this achingly beautiful walking blues song, it has everything, beautiful guitar and that totally ethereal voice that takes you to places you know and some you don’t. Oh oh oh I think I’m in love. I’m transfixed by her voice.
Rambling

from Songs For The Living, released January 25, 2017
Written and performed by Bonnie Love
Produced By Gabriella Cohen

A slight acoustic guitar and then the chill-inspiring voice of Bonnie. This song is a definite goose bump provider. The warmth of Norah Jones, the depths of anguish of Billy Holiday, and above all the superb talent of Bonnie Love. I tell you this EP can change your life. Oh I’ll carry you home, for sure.
Gasoline

Written and performed by Bonnie Love
Produced By Gabriella Cohen

Take me back to the twenties in some speak easy, the bathtub gin is flowing and there on a small stage is the singer. Oh Bonnie Love is so much into that genre. This is a beautiful, beautiful piece. You want it to never end, and that mouth trombone is a nice touch.
Concubine

Written and performed by Bonnie Love
Produced By Gabriella Cohen

“I think I’m going a little crazy” she sings, and I know I’m going crazy over her. Such an authentic jazz/blues vocalist. People I implore you, you have to make this young lady a mega star. Once you hear all of this EP you won’t be able to stop playing it.
Coming Home

Written and performed by Bonnie Love
Produced By Gabriella Cohen

📸 Peter Cahill

Finally today, and I hate to finish this but we’ve run out of songs, a very different take on a love song. Bringing out the tender side of Bonnie, but the blues and jazz is still there.
Awesome, amazing, brilliant Bonnie Love is a tour de force.
under my bed

Written and performed by Bonnie Love
Produced By Gabriella Cohen

Miccoli

Here’s a wonderful treat for you today a few tracks from a great sounding group from the UK.  Welcome Miccoli.
Miccoli, their name taken from the sibling trio’s surname, formed in 2010 after spending most of their childhood studying and making music. Growing up in Birmingham, England, they were brought up listening to Simon and Garfunkel, Don Mclean, The Police, Fleetwood Mac and the sounds of Motown, to name just a few of their diverse musical influences.
Twin brothers Adriano (vocal and acoustic/electric guitar) Alessandro (piano, vocal and acoustic guitar) and their younger sister Francesca (vocal, piano and harmonica) have toured extensively, giving the band the opportunity to explore their musical identity and fine tune their live set – a compelling blend of haunting, melodic and eclectic sounds, interlaced with breathtaking harmonies.
So, do we want to hear some music?  You betcha.
First up their awesome beautiful new single, Idle Stranger, a true gem from the opening chords.  The harmonies are gentle and sublime, the backing instrumentation is so good it’s surreal.  Chill inducing sounds all through this track.  Beautifully filmed in Venice, Italy this is a video to savour. This track has the promise to become a number one hit.
Idle Stranger

More photos from Venice

I do like to hear new bands cover other artists songs, and I always say if you are going to do it, pick a great song and do it well.  Miccoli more than do that, they take this Fleetwood Mac classic and totally own it.  They impart a very different feel into this beautiful track. I just love it.
Rhiannon

Here’s another great song, beautifully sung by Miccoli. Their harmonies as always sublime. This young group really deserve to go far if they keep producing awesome music like this.
All My Life

All My Life Video by Concepts Communications

One last cover, this is the Tracy Chapman classic re-imagined Miccoli style.  I remember when Tracy Chapman first released this song, we were all astounded by such a great song from a new young talent.  It blew up the charts.  And this version gives the same impression, a worthy do over for a classic song.
Fast Car

Finally today a bitter-sweet (too short) teaser for their forthcoming album to be released later this year.

Gabriella Cohen

📸 Annabelle Aronica

Another day, another great singer / songwriter, meet Gabriella Cohen who hails from Melbourne in the land down under. So much talent in Australia, but then again it is a big country.

Gabriella Cohen, is one half of Brisbane band, The Furrs, who has created an orchestral, psychedelic vibe, modernizing past musical themes on her own terms.

Her debut album ‘Full Closure and No Details’ on Captured Tracks will drop on March 3rd, 2017. Can’t wait.

Gabriella is possessed of a powerful, beautiful, unusual voice. And it comes out full force on her new album.

So are we ready for some music? Let’s go.

A really unique video for an awesome song. Half speaking and half singing, she draws out her words with relish, reminiscent of poetic musicians like Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen. Taking great care in her choice of words, Gabriella Cohen’s approach to language is equal parts thoughtful and rough, as she enlivens her lyrics with an unashamed confidence of one’s own rambling inner monologue. “Downtown” is one of twelve songs featured on her album, “Full Closure and No Details”, and is a slow, enunciated verbal illustration of the anxieties that come along with being in love.
Downtown

Directed and Produced by Sky Richards in collaboration with Gabriella Cohen.

📸 danni ogilvie

Creating a good impression of a talented garage band in this next track, also from the debut album. It’s a sort of Lou Reed meets The Modern Lovers with a touch of Peter Gabriel and David Byrne in the video. Sounds odd when I say it that way but it works. Cool.
Sever the Walls

Produced, Directed & Conceived by Kate Babyshakes & Gabriella Cohen 2016.

📸 Jared O’Sullivan

Definite Leonard Cohen feel here, especially at the beginning. I really like this song, it seems to visit all different spots in the musical hemisphere. Gabriella is a very unique talent.
I Don’t Feel So Alive

Produced, Directed & Conceived by Kate Babyshakes & Gabriella Cohen 2016.

We are going to finish up with a couple of live performances.
Gabriella Cohen and her band stopped by the Triple R Performance Space during The International Pop Underground with Anthony Carew to play a live-to-air set to a room of Triple R subscribers. This song is entitled ‘Feelin’ Fine’, which appears on her album “Full Closure and No Details”. Great to hear her performing live.
Feelin’ Fine

Cameras by Errol Tyson.
Video production by Errol Tyson and Dylan Bird.

📸 Savvy Creative

And the real final video of today, this cool track (not on the new album) which was recorded live @ the Brighton Up Bar, Sydney in September last year.
I waited so long