Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
This last July here in the Independent Spotlight, we shined our gaze on Pauline Frechette, a classical pianist who had recently released a stunning original song, ‘Song for Michael.’ I lauded the track for its passion and prowess, and we even spun Frechette’s track on the Jukebox Podcast that month. Now, she has another song available, and it recently hit #30 on the SoundCloud jazz and blues chart. It’s called ‘Love in the Afternoon.’ Does it reach the high bar its predecessor set? Let’s dig in and find out.
‘Love in the Afternoon’ features Stanley Clarke on bass, an interesting collaboration since his performance is quite prominent throughout the piece. (Typically bassists aren’t featured performers.) Clarke accentuates Frechette’s presentation in a splendid manner, making ‘Love in the Afternoon’ a particularly lovely excursion through contemporary jazz stylings. Plus, Frechette sings in the tune! (‘Song for Michael’ was an instrumental song.)
Frechette’s lead vocals are beautiful. They’re soft, articulate, and perfect for the soundscape they occupy. The vocal performance blends into the instrumentation with elegant ease, blurring the line between the two. Frechette doesn’t showboat at all; the vocals live within their space in a gorgeous way. It also helps that ‘Love in the Afternoon’ is a well penned song. It has a traditional jazz atmosphere that balances perfectly with the contemporary presentation.
The rest of the instrumentation is compelling, too, and Frechette employs the usage of some very sparse strings. (She did this on ‘Song for Michael’ as well.) The result is a superb arrangement. In fact, everything about ‘Love in the Afternoon’ is equally superb. The performance is stellar, as is the capturing of it in the production. There isn't a lot of music like Frechette's in the independent music community, and as such, it's a complete joy to receive such excellent tracks as this across my desk.
I’m more than happy to again recommend the music of Pauline Frechette. 'Love in the Afternoon' is a song very much worth adding to your music collection. It's wonderful that it's charting on SoundCloud, too, since that means the indie community is taking notice of Frechette's efforts. I eagerly anticipate her next! In the mean time, spin the new track below on SoundCloud to help it keep rising up those charts!