DAISY CHAPMAN – Good Luck Songs (Folkwit SW89)

Good Luck SongsGood Luck Songs is Daisy Chapman’s third studio album; her first for five years. There was a live set a couple of years ago but Daisy is hardly what you’d call prolific. However, what she lacks in quantity she more than makes up for in quality.

The opener and title track sneaks up on you nicely, just piano and voice and a great first line, “Sought a mantra to bring me luck”. The song builds up to a climax then drops away to nothing before building up through a choral coda to a second big finish. After that you can’t help wanting to hear what comes next. You won’t find anything as common as a guitar on Good Luck Songs. Daisy’s instrument is piano and virtually everything else is strings. OK, there’s an oboe, a trombone and a saxophone plus percussion on some tracks but most of what you hear is violin, cello and double bass. And some exceptional piano playing and a voice that should provide a model for any aspiring singer.

I should say that Daisy is also a fine song-writer. My favourite tracks are those where her tongue approaches her cheek. She leads us right up the garden path up with ‘Generation Next’, beginning with a travelogue that suggests she’s writing about California only to reveal that her subject is her native Bristol. Of course, we also have the irony that the young Daisy is casting herself as generation last, but it’s such a witty song. ‘I Used To Own An Empire’ boasts an equally clever lyric as Daisy dissects the state of the nation.

She takes another tack with ‘Idilia Dubb’, the story of a young Scottish girl who supposedly starved to death in a German castle in the 19th century. Is it a true story? Is it a myth? Daisy presents it as fact although even Wikipedia has its doubts! Finally, she gives us ‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’, not very removed from Tom Waits’ original and that makes me very happy. This is a very fine album.

Dai Jeffries

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‘Good Luck Song’ – the official video:

Daisy Chapman releases third solo album

Daisy Chapman
Photograph by Ula Blocksage

Good Luck Songs is wonderful new collection of powerful and poignant songs from Bristol-based singer-songwriter Daisy Chapman…

Daisy’s powerful vocals have been used by the likes of John Parish, for his film work, as well as a handful of TV session work. Her piano style and versatility was noticed by UK prog rockers Crippled Black Phoenix (Mascot Records), and since 2009 on and off Daisy has travelled as pianist/BV with the band on tours covering every corner of Europe as well as a short trip to China. Daisy was also chosen as vocalist on their cover of AC/DC’s ‘Let Me Put My Love Into You’ which was used in Classic Rock Magazine’s cover CD – a stark departure from her wistful singing style, proving her adaptability in musical genres.

Daisy has supported well known artists such as Howe Gelb, Karima Francis and Jenn Bostic as well as booked her own tours in the US and Poland, not to mention label tours across Germany, twice a year since 2008. Three studio albums followed suit, one of which (The Green Eyed, 2009) won an Independent Music Award which then secured her slots at Britain’s leading festivals Glastonbury, Wychwood and 2000 Trees.

Good Luck Songs is Daisy Chapman’s third full-length studio album and her second to be released in the UK on Folkwit Records. BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson on making her last album his Album Of The Week described Chapman as:

“a songwriter who has the gift of writing perceptive songs and setting them to sumptuous arrangements.”

Dai Jeffries from folking.com suggested that:

“to provide a comparison by which to judge Daisy I want to say Sandy Denny – she’s there in the piano, the songwriting style and the voice.”

High praise indeed and one of many plaudits earned by her second album Shameless Winter.

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Daisy Chapman – Music To Make The Angels Jealous

daisy-chapman100‘Jealous Angels’ is the second single taken from Shameless Winter, the enchanting album by Daisy Chapman. Due for release on Monday 24th March 2014, the accompanying tour continues Daisy’s passion for travel; and for engaging audiences with musical beauty across the UK, Europe and beyond.

The album itself is an account of this passion. Daisy has dedicated her life to her art, honestly detailing her experiences with her songs, and the new single is no different:

“I write about the things I do, the things I read, the things I observe whilst on the road, so every song is close to my heart, whether it’s obvious to the listener or not. You’re getting a peek into my soul with every lyric”

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Having previously supported Nashville USA artist Jenn Bostic on tour in 2013, alongside from playing for Nick Cave at his birthday in San Francisco to a recent 15 date tour of Germany and France, the new selected dates include supports for current British buzz act Emma Stevens.  Her music is dynamic and melodic, refined in instrumentation and full of vocal energy. Audiences the world over are being inspired, and her fan base is constantly increasing due to the spellbinding nature of her performances.

Watch the video for new single ‘Jealous Angels’, due for release on Monday 24th March 2014, here:

“Instantly captivating.” – The Independent                     

 “Watch this woman, she’ll go far.” – BBC Introducing

Artist’s website:  www.daisychapman.com

DAISY CHAPMAN – Shameless Winter – Songs And Whispers SW17/Folkwit Records f0090

ShamelessWinterSometimes I really don’t know where to start, other than to advise you to listen to this album as soon as you can. Shameless Winter is Daisy’s second album, on top of two EPs, all original material except for Billy Corgan’s ‘Disarm’, with a small group of musicians in support.

Two things stand out: Daisy’s powerful voice and her equally powerful songwriting. Written on tour, the songs embody the dilemma of doing what you want to do – need to do – while wanting to be back home with equal fervour. The closing song, ‘The Girl In Hannover’, with just solo piano exemplifies it best – ‘one man’s triumph is another man’s trial’, she sings. Much earlier comes ‘Better Me’, a title that leads to certain preconceptions until you realise that better is used as a verb not an adjective. That’s very different. Next is ‘The Gentleman In 13B’, a long song describing a flight from Moscow to London. In fact, Daisy has a facility for narrative songs, narratives in which not a lot happens but a great deal is learned.

On paper, the arrangements seem to be rather mainstream: strings, bass, a little brass and some mighty drums from Tim Smith with Daisy’s piano well to the fore. The reality is different. The gypsy violin on ‘Better Me’, for example, suggests the life of a wanderer which is the focus of the record and the pizzicato passage in ‘The Gentleman In 13B’ suddenly breaks the pattern of the song before you get too relaxed. Recorded by Ali Chant, the sound is big and rich and all the instruments have room to work – a remarkable balance. To provide a comparison by which to judge Daisy I want to say Sandy Denny – she’s there in the piano, the songwriting style and the voice. I hope that neither of them will object.

Dai Jeffries

Artist web link: www.daisychapman.com

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