Sunday 8 February 2015

Floella Grace - New Waves

With its zig-zag road, botanical gardens and unusually sunny microclimate, Ventnor in the Isle of Wight was a popular seaside destination for Victorian holidaymakers of the past and maintains a uniquely old-fashioned charm to this day. It’s the sort of place that could inspire musicians, especially those working in the more traditional end of the music spectrum, if by doing nothing else other than firing up their imaginations.

Hailing from that very town comes today’s new artist - Floella Grace - and her tunes very much fit that category.

Floella has been making music for some time now; her Soundcloud is full of sketchy, somewhat humble sounding ukulele based songs, which to date have shown some promise but have perhaps been a little underwhelming. However, new single ODSM finds her pushing things further. Featuring members of Plastic Mermaids - another Breaking More Waves featured Isle of Wight band-  ODSM is a sprightly shanty like song, with added brass and some Bontempi styled beats. “Better off without me, I’m better off alone,” sings Floella with a skippy melody that sounds chirpier than the lyrics suggest, the tune given an extra robustness by some sturdy backing vocals. This one's a little bit good. 

Whether or not ODSM takes any influence from the garden isle we’re not sure and neither are we sure what ODSM stands for, but what we do know is that this is a highly likeable piece of folk-pop.

You can buy ODSM on a pay what you want basis from Bandcamp right now using this link.

Floella Grace - ODSM

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