Mel Monaco could also be new to the likes of YEDM readers, however her clean, easy type of jazz pop has been lighting up the airwaves and phases in her native Ontario for almost a decade. With a bell-clear, pitch excellent voice harking back to Ella Fitzgerald, a virtuosic data of jazz guitar and piano, and a enjoyable, pop-tinged songwriting type, Monaco is much-loved each for her music and performances in her a part of the world, and now along with her newest single, the catchy and radio-ready “Love Tides,” it appears she’ll be exploring new waters quickly.
Monaco’s objective over ten years in the past was to launch 5 albums earlier than the age of 30, which she did plus one. Now with six lounge jazz albums, a handful of singles and quite a lot of covers beneath her belt, it seems that Monaco has switched gears for “Love Tides.” Usually entrenched in jazz and soul along with her common originals like “Witch Typically,” “Higher Not Bitter” and the commemorative “30 What,” this new music has extra pop added to it than earlier work. It appears now that Monaco has met her objective, she’s glad to play with different genres and it positively pays off right here.
“Love Tides” not solely opens with a quick disco home beat and a cool synth but additionally with the primary vocals rapped by Monaco. It’s probably that her followers have been shocked by this alteration, however the music is simply an excessive amount of of a groove to not be into it instantly. Launched as an applause spherical and love letter to the gorgeous summers within the St. Catherines/Niagara space of southern Ontario the place Monaco and her band name house, it’s inconceivable to not name this observe a feelgood hit. To not point out it’s so technically polished that regardless of the beat and groove of the observe, “Love Tides” is nearly totally analog. Monaco works with a tremendous band who actually stepped up along with her imaginative and prescient on this observe, making it really feel extra within the realm of Jamiroquai or P-Funk than the extra soulful artists like Invoice Withers and Al Inexperienced.
If followers wanted extra proof that “Love Tides” was impressed by the Niagara/Muskoka space, Monaco has additionally launched a video for the music which was filmed on the Hamilton, Ontario space waterfront on a yacht with quite a lot of her bandmates. On condition that she’s known as this music “yacht pop,” it appears fairly apropos. It additionally looks like they’d a hell of numerous enjoyable filming it; if the music itself wasn’t infectious sufficient, the chilliness half vibes within the movies will make followers want for summer season to remain just a bit longer.
Followers of Monaco’s unique soul format shouldn’t consider “Love Tides” as a departure from her type however extra of a branching out. The already achieved artist is clearly endlessly inventive and variety comes with that territory. In the meantime, pop and home followers can now additionally take pleasure in this contemporary funk together with Monaco’s stunning voice and glad spirit. With a music like this, we don’t need to abandon summer season fairly but.