I often fear that my persistent posting of new artists that someone is bound to have picked up on before me will be to the detriment of this blog; Occasionally people assume that when you have a website and you write about music that you posses some sort of divine authority or are in some way morally obliged to stay further 'Ahead of the game' than is possible. Whilst I firmly believe that keeping on trend with the latest movements in the genre is vital, it needs to be remembered that I am still very much learning, listening and engaging myself.... I'm as much an observer as you! Perhaps even more so.
Today's post was then, supposed to hail the achievements of the Cheltenham jazz Festival upon their announcement of what can only be described as a 'truly blinding' lineup for 2013, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. For as I was scrolling excitedly through this years alluring list of musicians, the name 'Natalie Duncan' stood out to me; wasn't this the girl who supported rock giants MUSE when I saw them a couple of months ago, but who's set I so lackadaisically missed? Yes it was, and do you know why she was supporting a band with the behemoth-like stature of MUSE? Because she's bloody fantastic... that's why (Something I only realised after tonight's rigorous analysis/ typing her name into spotify).
Throwing myself head first into this new found respect for someone who had only ever previously appeared to me as a name on a stage-times sheet outside the O2, I pulled my headphones over my ears, got my favourite tie-died cushion from the airing cupboard (still warm), and let the full extent of Duncan's debut 'Devil In Me' ease my shame in having dismissed her all them weeks ago. I'm not going to divulge anything of the sound until I've listened some more, this is a record which I feel I'm going to fall somewhat in love with and there is nothing worse than having a regrettably half-researched, knee-jerk piece forever published into the blogosphere, so have a listen for yourself...
Hint: it's really good