LITTLE BIT A' LOVE - ALBUM RELEASE MEDIA PAGE
DENIELLE BASSELS ANNOUNCES SECOND SINGLE
“CATCH HER AND SHE GONE,” SHARED ON INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY, MARCH 8TH.
(2:32) G Major, 71bpm
FILE UNDER Indie folk, acoustic singer-songwriter, tropical Americana.
SOUNDS LIKE/FOR FANS OF Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Doris Day, Feist, Dolly Parton.
Vocals: Denielle Bassels
Electric Guitar: Julien Bradley Combs
Upright Bass: Scott Hunter
Percussion: Chendy Leon
Background Vocals: Meg Contini
Mixed by: Les Cooper
Mastered by: Phil Bova
Produced by: Denielle Bassels and Thom McKay
Photo by: Jen Squires
© (P) Denielle Bassels SOCAN 2022
DSP LINK: https://ffm.to/catch-her-and-she-gone
ABOUT THE SINGLE
"Catch Her and She Gone" is the second single from an ERA of four singles from Denielle that will culminate in an LP on her mother's birthday, June 2nd with the full album set for release on June 2nd, and a CD launch party scheduled at Lula Lounge in Toronto on June 1st. Tickets will be available at deniellebassels.com
Denielle’s story-telling prowess is brought to life with this sassy folk and Island rhythm chanson about a mermaid who captures a pirate ship.
Featuring percussion by Chendy Leon (Sultans of String), sweet harmonies by Meg Contini (The O’Pears), and Denielle’s sultry voice, Catch Her and She Gone is meant to take the listener on a whimsical tropical vacation. Written with friend Mike Mathieson, and co-produced at Exeter Sound Studios in Toronto with Thom McKay (Joydrop, SATE), Denielle once again manages to swim seamlessly through genres of folk and jazz in the freshest way.
Album Release Schedule
FOUR SINGLES & THE ALBUM RELEASE IN JUNE
1. Friday, February 10, 2023 - “Little Bit a’ Love” Single
2. Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - “Catch Her and She Gone,” Single
3. Friday, April 14, 2023 - “Tangled Thread,” Single
4. Friday, May 12, 2023 - “Lazy Gazing,” Single
5. Thursday June 1, 2023 - CD Launch at Lula Lounge, Toronto
6. Friday June 2, 2023 - “Little Bit a’ Love,” Album Release, show in Montreal at Upstairs, TBA
PREVIEW THE ALBUM NOW (OUT JUNE 2, 2023)
ABOUT THE ALBUM
“Little Bit a’ Love features buoyant, euro swing with brave arrangements, lush backup harmonies, and the richly emotional voice and writing of Denielle Bassels.”- LILY FROST, MUSICIAN, HOST OF CROONERS & SONGBIRDS
Denielle Bassels' third studio album, "Little Bit a' Love," is the anticipated follow-up to 2017's celebrated album, "What About Wool Wishbags," which received glowing reviews and airplay in Canada and beyond. Slated for release in June 2023, listeners can look forward to Bassels' emotive, musical journey as she pulls back the curtain to share her most personal struggles of loss and depression to her quest for purpose. Bassels beckons us to witness a poignant metamorphosis that is resoundingly triumphant. Along with her signature modus operandi of seamlessly weaving elements of folk, swing and blues, "Little Bit a' Love" demonstrates that the most profound love can grow and thrive under the toughest circumstances.
On the opening track, "Little Bit a' Love," we are transported to a street party in New Orleans where we find passersby joining in on this catchy folk swing original with makeshift shakers, cajón, and congas, played by Chendy Leon (Sultans Of String), and acoustic guitar by Thom McKay (Nightcrawlers). After, we all hop a swinging getaway train to old New York with "Pooter And Significo," and the saga of "Little bit a' Love" is born.
"My goal was to channel the great Nina Simone in the sense that she refused to be constrained by genre, always wrote about things that impacted her deeply and could affect change, yet always gave the song only what it needed and nothing more, or less. I wanted this album to be playable from a single voice on the streets of Paris to a full orchestra at Carnegie Hall, which meant a way deeper dive into the songwriting process".
Sonically, "Little Bit a' Love" is a new and exciting landscape for this ever-curious artist. While her previous album featured mad hatter arrangements and lush soundscapes, Bassels new volume of work has pushed far out of her comfort zone in both voice and orchestration. This time, she takes a more prominent role in production alongside co-producer Thom McKay (Joydrop, SATE). The result is ten thoughtfully crafted songs that are highly expressive and undeniably soulful, aided by a host of talented musicians, including Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber, Dua Lipa), who also produced the seventh track, "Gone," Russ Boswell (Holly Cole), along with many of the same talents from “What About Wool Wishbags”; Scott Hunter, Andrew Scott, Andy Mac, and Jacob Gorzhaltsan with the addition of new band mate guitarist, Julien Bradley Combs.
Having begun the project in 2019, Denielle faced the challenges brought on by the pandemic and recorded much of the album in remote sessions. Producer Thom McKay then brought it together at Exeter Sound Studios in Toronto. This was a completely different approach than Bassels had previously experienced. "It was a blessing in disguise because I was forced to push past my limits (limits I set for myself!) and dig deeper into arranging and production. I started writing on piano, played more ukulele and guitar, and found an incredible producing partner and friend in Thom. It was a fun time making music, and I know it shows on the record.”
Sometimes tender, sometimes tough, but always with a flair for storytelling, Bassels makes a distinct departure from her previous work while still maintaining a cohesive connection to her listeners - long-time fans will appreciate tracks such as "Tangled Thread" and "Pooter And Significo" which evoke images of swing dancing in the Orleans summer heat, while tracks "Gone" and "Big Bad Wolf" bring us deeper into Bassels' world as if we are her confidante amidst the desolation of a cold Canadian night. With a renewed sense of self, Denielle Bassels delivers a distinctive album that manages to sound classic yet strikingly original.
"Denielle Bassels is one of the brightest new lights on the Canadian Jazz scene." - RAUL DA GAMMA
1. Little Bit a’ Love (2:09) G Major, 107bpm, folk, roots, jazz
Upbeat, acoustic, and soulful this joyous tune is about little acts of love that can have a huge impact. Featuring playful harmonies, cajon and congas by Chendy Leon (Sultans of String) and upright bass by Russ Boswell (Holly Cole). Inspired by an event where a teenage Bassels talked a stranger out of a dark place. Bassels seeks to reconnect with this stranger and hear his side of this amazing story
2. Pooter and Significo (2:51) C Major, 120bpm, pop, swing, indie
Two bandit lovers are on the run and have caught a getaway train. They realize that this is going to be the best summer of their lives and want to savor every moment. Featuring rhythmic guitar with satisfying and surprising dreamy interludes with vibraphone by Thom McKay (Joydrop)
3. Tangled Thread (3:41) Ab minor, 151bpm, swing jazz, pop
A wonderfully wild and unpredictable pop-swing tune about the different faces of depression, featuring sultry and edgy vocals with whimsical arrangements, Andrew Sisters-type harmonies and Django style guitar solo by Andy Mac. This song asks the listener to go deeper, to look beyond the surface before things get dire.
4. Catch Her and She Gone (2:32) G Major, 71bpm, pop, folk, jazz, island rhythm
Sun-kissed and whimsical, with catchy island rhythms by Chendy Leon (Sultans of String), Bassels’ sultry and playful vocals, and sweet harmonies by Meg Contini (The O’Pears), this song tells the story of a mermaid who captures a pirate ship. She is a leaf in the wind and master of her own destiny.
5. Lazy Gazing (3:28) F Major, 58bpm, jazz, pop, cinematic, bossa nova
Sultry and languid, this breezy spring/summer track is perfect for lying by the water and just watching the boats drift by. Featuring electric guitar stylings by Julien Bradley-Combs Denielle’s intimate jazzy vocals and a clarinet solo by Jacob Gorzhaltsan (The Jellyfish).
6. Gone (3:45) F Major, 57bpm, soul, jazz, big band, ballad, cinematic
A soulful ballad invoking impressions of Duffy, Adele, and Amy Winehouse. It features Motown-style guitar, the perfect backdrop for Bassels’ soulful and powerful vocals that tug at the heartstrings. Her timeless melody is enveloped in sweeping violins that were both performed and arranged by Drew Jurecka (Dua Lipa). Gone is a powerful tune about finding the strength to let go and walk away into the unknown.
7. Big Bad Wolf (2:40) G Major, 116bpm, blues, jazz, dusty New Orleans style
Invoking powerhouses like Big Mama Thornton and Amy Winehouse, Bassels’ deep and sultry Halloween-friendly jazz/blues track tells the story of a strong, powerful woman who falls in love with the Big Bad Wolf and is led down a dark path. However, through Bassels’ badass blues vocals, big range, and strong, effected electric guitars reminiscent of The White Stripes, she convinces us that she’ll take care of business next time a Big Bad Wolf comes “sniffin’ round.”
8. I Only Wanna Sing (3:57) F Major, 92bpm, jazz, retro blues, pop.
Written during isolation about a woman who is locked up with her lover and realizes they are not a good match. She is being driven crazy by her need to leave… forever. A bouncy and bluesy, jazz-pop track featuring sultry and playful vocal stylings reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Doris Day and fun harmonies.
9. Fluffy the Abandoned Cottonball (4:11) B Major, 58bpm, jazz, swing, ballad
Melancholic, whimsical, offbeat, funny and forlorn. “Fluffy” is a cotton ball with the saddest eyes you’ve ever seen. They have been abandoned under a tree, and they will perish if they don’t find someone to love soon. Featuring Bassels’ deep connected vocals, an impressive sax solo by Rob Christian (Larnell Lewis), a moving story, and a few laughs to soften the angst.
10. I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (3:00) B minor, 130bpm, jazz, manouche-swing, vintage-pop
Powerful jazz vocals reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan featuring a dynamic and melodic scat trade between Bassels and swinging clarinet player Jacob Gorzhaltsan (The Jellyfish, Soulpepper). This cover of Louis Prima’s super swinging romp about a monkey wanting man’s “fire” has been rearranged by Bassels’ in her signature style with rhythmic guitar by Andy Mac and a halftime “boom chick” time change that delivers a show-stopping ending.
ABOUT DENIELLE BASSELS
Toronto-born jazz vocalist and songwriter Denielle Bassels' career in music began when a dream sent her overseas to Lausanne, Switzerland, where she sought respite from a tumultuous era in her life. She arrived as an au pair (nanny) and left two years later as a professional jazz singer, singing in some of the country's top Jazz Clubs.
"The little boy I looked after, Osvaldo, took lessons at a prestigious jazz school called "Ejma" and it was there that I met teachers and students who showed me the jazz caverns and music scene. They got me up to sing one night at a jam, and I was suddenly a jazz singer with my own combo doing shows. I never had any training, so it was a strange and exhilarating adventure."
Denielle yearned for something more, a deeper foundation to create. So after two years of working and performing in Europe, she returned to Canada and auditioned for Humber College's contemporary music program. There, she found her new band and was holding residencies at some of Toronto's finest jazz clubs before long. Her country may have changed, but the captivated audiences remained; Denielle quickly made a name for herself as a vocalist and performer. Still, she was looking for more and soon fell in love with songwriting. Her first original song, "Cool Cool Water," went on to win Grand Prize in the International John Lennon Song Competition, while later, five more originals went on to place in the finals. With these accolades, she was awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council of The Arts to fund her first full-length album, "What About Wool Wishbags," released in early 2017. The album hit #1 on iTunes and was voted the top 5 albums of 2017 by Jazz FM 91.1. Full of whimsy and charm, it is a story-laden volume of original music set in scenes of swing, indie, folk, and blues.
"What About Wool Wishbags" is one of the most memorable recordings I heard in 2017. Denielle is such a wonderful storyteller. The album deserves major kudos, and it should travel far."
- Terry McElligott, JAZZFM.91
In 2018 Denielle was a featured vocalist on the studio album "Muse" by Jaymz Bee's Tiki Collective, which debuted her original song "Wanderer" alongside performances by Lily Frost, Joanna Mojoko, and The Willows. She has since been touring across Ontario and Quebec and beyond, performing at renowned jazz clubs and headlining major jazz festivals with her unique brand of indie-swing backed by some of the country's finest musicians from Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber, Dua Lipa), Jacob Gorzhaltsan (Soulpepper, The Jellyfish) and Andrew Scott (The Intentions, Soulpepper). Denielle is building a reputation as a pleasantly unpredictable jazz singer with a twist.
On June 2nd, her mother's birthday, Denielle will release her long-awaited 3rd Studio album, "Little Bit a' Love," featuring her signature melange of folk, swing and blues chock full of Bassels' power and charisma, this time Denielle takes more of a producer role, diving deeper into songwriting and arranging and pulling the curtain on the secrets that sent her off to Switzerland in the first place. The Canadian CD launch will take place at Toronto's Lula Lounge in June.
“There is something about the imaginative way in which Denielle thinks, crafts and creates music that is undeniably her own.” - DANI ELWELL, JAZZFM.91
🎶 THIS IS THE BIG ONE. IT'S AN ALL-CAPS SITUATION! YES, I”M YELLING WITH EXUBERANT JOY! 🎶
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CD’s Included with the Ticket
This album has survived so many ups and downs, and through it all, it has come out more beautiful than I had ever hoped for, and we’re going to put all that energy and love on the stage at Lula Lounge on June 1st for you.
Thanks to my incredible players and my co-producer Thom McKay (You were the 😇 I prayed for!) and to Drew Jurecka for reviving my tune Gone, which he will be playing with us at this Launch. Thank you to the amazing Les Cooper for mixing the album and taking it to the next level; you are out of this world! <3 and thanks to Phil Bova for mastering! Thank you to all the incredible players who manifested my vision (and then some) with their talents. Thank you to my Indiegogo Supporters for helping to launch the album, and thank you to the Canada Council For the Arts, Toronto Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for backing the album! It means so much to have the support of my friends, fans, family and Country, Province, Town! Wow. We did it!
Here is the line-up;
Jay Yoo- Electric Guitar🎸
Tak Arikushi - Acoustic Guitar🎸
Upright Bass - Russ Boswell
Drums - Glen Anderson🥁
Vibes - Les Cooper
Violin - Drew Jurecka🎻
Saxophone/Clarinet - Jacob Gorzhaltsan🎷
Harmonies: Bridgey Smalls🎤
DOORS: 6 pm
OPENING ACT (TBA) 7 pm
MY LIVE ALBUM LAUNCH - 8 pm
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