Archive for December, 2013

British Soul-Jazz Chanteuse Zara McFarlane’s Second LP, If You Knew Her, To Be Released via Gilles Peterson-Backed Brownswood Recordings on January 28th, 2014

Friday, December 13th, 2013

It’s a tough task for music critics to write about a singer that genuinely knocks their socks off. Zara McFarlane is the London based singer, who, in 2011 released Until Tomorrow, a debut album that had many critics in a spin. Sure, praise came thick and fast. They spoke of a voice of sparkling clarity, a voice that was warm and powerful, and of a singer who sang with equal parts childlike innocence and womanly assertiveness. But perhaps what critics missed amongst the hail of praise, is something altogether different – the arrival of an original songwriter and performer of true stature. For McFarlane, it’s about her point of difference. What sets her apart isn’t her voice, distinctive as it is, but what she has to say as, and how she says it.

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