Sassy, sensual and effortlessly cool, Joelle has created a musical subgenre all of her own. Its a Franco-Anglo polychromatic, potpourri of latin and classic jazz, vintage and contemporary blues, gypsy folk, 50’s R&B rock n roll and Parisian torch song. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of the good stuff and then press play.
From its opening notes and tender, nictoine whisky vocals, Florence Joelle’s music will draw you into a world of exotic enchantment.
Opening with the dark and bluesy ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back‘ with its harmonica intro and first class band, it’s a slow, sweet, mirror balled late night gem about looking back and looking ahead.
‘Sleepy Eyes’ a calypso ode to movie idol Robert Mitchum, or the fiery hot ‘Here Comes The Lady’, is as light as champagne and as wild as absinthe and it’ll keep you coming back for more.
Recorded straight to tape on analogue equipment and mixed in mono at Gizzard Recording Studios, her music exudes warmth and authenticity, capturing the spirit of classic jazz and blues recordings from long before the digital era.
Paris born Florence Joelle is a blues and jazz singer, songwirter, harmonica player and recording artist based in London, where she regularly performs in and around the city.
“The aural equivalent of absinthe laced with caffeine and nicotine, perhaps, Florence Joelle’s husky tones combine the plaintive sensuality of Billie Holiday with the playful kittenish capriciousness of Eartha Kitt while managing to sound totally unique.” Mojo ****
“Her vocal delivery is an intimate conversation throughout, full of wit, pathos and mystery.” Record Collector ****
“More Rive Gauche loveliness from the London-based Parisian singer, songwriter and harmonica player, whose intensive gigging around our fair city has polished her sultry late night sound and turned her into a chanteuse to be reckoned with.” London Evening Standard ****
“Joelle’s sensuous purred vocals and sprightly jazzy songs lend proceedings a contemporary edge while circumventing mere nostalgia.” The Independent****