Betty Black “Slow Dance” EP


Slow Dance EP - Betty Black
BETTY BLACK
SLOW DANCE EP
FRAU PINK PRODUCTIONS / KID RECORDINGS
KIDDEP 10008 
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE:
JUNE 28, 2011

GENRE: ALTERNATIVE, RETRO 60s POP
FOR FANS OF: LYKKE LI, PHIL SPECTOR, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, PJ HARVEY, ROME, ADELE, KIMBRA

New Betty Black single on PopMatters.com !

“Sylvia’s voice–a supple coil of smooth velvet”

Time Out New York

“Tropicalized goth…a weird meld of torrid and frigid, alluring and domineering”
Simon Reynolds

Musical chameleons like SYLVIA GORDON do not come along every day. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and artist (who has worked with BLACK EYED PEASMOBY and SPANK ROCK) boldly dons multiple personas as an outlet for her restless, adventurous spirit. She embraces and explores several muses by way of her various musical projects including ART WORLD KILLER (formerly known as KUDU), BETTY BLACK, SYLVIA BLACK and VIVIAN ALIVE!.

June 28th, she unveils Slow Dance, the long-awaited debut EP from her mesmerizing BETTY BLACK project (a second EP is scheduled for release later this summer). The first in a trilogy of thematic releases about the blossoming of young girls into womanhood (from blissful naiveté and longing to the harrowing pangs of innocence lost, self discovery and maturity)

On the 6 track set, Sylvia summons a rapturous collection of unflinchingly heartfelt torch songs and over a hazy pastel backdrop sunbathed in black. Enchanting, languid melodies and soothing strings prove to be the perfect partner-in-crime for this southern-steeped storytelling anchored with smoldering, lilting vocals and slow-burning musical landscapes heavily inspired by early 60’s girl groups (The Shirelles, The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las), Nashville country, Memphis blues and Phil Spector’s cacophonous “wall of sound”.

Songs like the euphoric and atmospheric “Spring Blossoms”, “Ever Fallen in Love” (Buzzcocks cover) and the title track recall Siouxsie and the Banshees’ enigmatic post-punk mystique, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave’s visceral poeticism and the fragrant heartbreak pop of Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline. While the mascara-tainted ballads – “Came Home Cryin’” and “Will You Still Love Me” (a sublime cover of the Carole King-penned classic) – showcase the set’s oceanic beauty, soaring lyrical depth and intricate musical sophistication.

The heat-you-up-melt-you-down sensibility and sultry sensuality that permeates throughout the EP reflects Gordon’s intuitive ability to craft vivid, melodic tales of love, loss and longing (with equal parts smoke and bite) has made her an in-demand songwriter and collaborator, having worked with WILLIAM ORBIT, KELIS, BENNY BENASSI, TELEPOPMUSIK and N-DUBZ.

And then there are her co-writing credits on the BLACK EYED PEAS’ “Meet Me Halfway” and “The Best One Yet (The Boy).” The four-million-selling “Meet Me Halfway” was the third Top 10 single from the Peas’ multi-platinum, Grammy-winning fifth album, The E.N.D, while “The Best One Yet” is featured on the hip-pop act’s sixth studio album, the multi-million-selling The Beginning.

Gordon recently won an ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARD for the melancholic and rhythmic “Meet Me Halfway” – one of the most performed pop music song of 2010.

 TRACKLISTING:
1. Spring Blossoms
2. Slow Dance
3. Will You Still Love Me
4. Ever Fallen In Love
5. Came Home Cryin’
6. Low Tide Lullaby

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