Some might call the songs on So Brown’s debut album ‘Point Legere’ “retro” but that would be a misnomer and quite frankly an injustice to this beautiful craftsmanship of song.
So Brown, that’s the lead singers name, whom also adds guitar and piano along with her musical partners Rob Jost on bass and French horn and Robert DiPietro on drums, melts down a hodge podge of sounds including 1930s supper club jazz, Mississippi Delta Blues, and backwoods Appalachian pickin’ for a unique blend of music.
Brown’s sound can be traced back to her rural Alabama upbringing and her current home of Brooklyn as the young and accomplished songwriter regales us with stories about alligators, death and lovers.
You can smell the Alabama pine trees and see this gender bending artist sing with just her guitar on opening track “Lonesome George.” Her voice soars on the intimate “Dolphin Island,” and gets a little gritty on the blues swing in “August,” and that is just the first three songs.
‘Point Legere’ is a labor of love, it took Brown seven years to complete, and it shows. Her dedication is to be hailed as the ten tracks play out in the order in which she wrote them. It’s not often you can find sounds of Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Gershwin and Stravinsky all in one album, but you can hear it here.
So Brown comes off like an old soul trapped in modern times but with this debut album of the year, she’s going to fit in quite nicely.