Title - 'Flight'
Artist - Tenant From Zero
For those not in the know, Tenant From Zero is singer, composer Paul Darrah from Brooklyn, NY whose songs aim for the romantic, moody, and melancholy sounds of '80s sophistipop.
Darrah sees Tenant From Zero as a continuation of the proud British pop lineage of the artists he has loved since his youth. "I'm drawn to artists with a sense of melancholy, romance, intelligence and style," he says.
"I modeled my voice whether consciously or subconsciously on David Sylvian and Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl. After decades of listening, their vices are in mine now."
In late 2018, Darrah began work on Flight, his debut album due out January 22nd, 2021 (available on CD and download via La Bella Figura Records), and the subsequent nine tracks find him transforming his own personal affairs of the heart into elegant songcraft.
2. 'The End Away'
3. 'This Can't Wait Til Later'
4. 'The Bomb You Dropped'
6. 'Properly Wrecked By John'
7. 'Perfect Words'
8. 'Yellow and Blue'
9. 'Still Empty Rooms'
At times a little Richard Darbyshire (Living In A Box), at others Colin Vearncombe (Black), and imbued with a Spandau Ballet lush swagger, the album opens with the stuttered pace, and Japan-esque (David Sylvian) bass chord patterns of 'ZRH' and backs that up seamlessly with the sweepingly orchestral 'The End Away,' which itself is followed by the lush orchestrations of 'This Can't Wait Til Later.'
Next we get the synth-led, Roxy Music-esque 'The Bomb You Dropped' and then, complete with a tempered trumpet solo from Gary Olsen (The Ladybug Transistor), the ornate piano cadence of 'After.'
Next up is one of my own personal favorites, the graceful, Calypso-imbued vibe of 'Properly Wrecked By John' (featuring saxophone from Tornstein Krogedal), which is backed by the programed synth percussion work of 'Perfect Words,' with the album rounding out on the ethereal 'Yellow and Blue,' closing on the subtle acoustic guitar, and earnest vocal expressions of 'Still Empty Rooms.'
As for the album title, Darrah says 'Flight is a bit of a play on words. It's about both the luxury of air travel - specifically the first song 'ZRH' which is the airport code for Zurich International Airport - but also the idea of running away both physically and emotionally."
'This Can't Wait Til Later' (Official Lyric Video)
'The End Away' (Official Lyric Video)
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