CONNIE LANSBERG - Deep Dark Down And Blue
Connie Lansberg is a singer-songwriter who combines her talents with brilliant Jazz music using her own unique style of artistry. Her musical roots are from Classical church music, Country and Folk however this album has been produced and co-arranged by Lansberg and Fitzgibbon creating a Jazz quartet. Lansberg ignites the spark within the band that consists of long-time musical collaborator Mark Fitzgibbon who plays the piano beautifully along with Ben Robertson, Danny Fischer and Brian Losch. With Lansberg being a natural storyteller, she has the intimate ability to grab the audiences attention and truly connect with her listeners. ‘Deep Dark Down & Blue’ is Lansberg’s first original album that’s passionate and uplifting. The album is built on a range of themes such as “secrets, heartache, dreams and the buzz of the unknown”, sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
The first track is the album title ‘Deep Dark Down & Blue’ which I think sounds so mysterious, I adore the choice of wording throughout this song making it so picturesque for the listeners. Following on from this ‘Better Things’ is incredibly smooth with light piano notes thus allowing Lansberg’s soft angelic vocals to take centre stage, this I feel expresses the storytelling with a personal touch. ‘”Round Midnight’ has a darker tone thus emphasising the depth of the love song, this track is enhanced with ever so beautiful notes creating a gentle sway. This is definitely a tune that would be perfect in a romantic or heartbreaking scene in a movie, especially with the dramatic ending. ‘Angel Tears’ is perfectly placed on the album as this song brings the jolly vibe back in a sophisticated manner, I “love, love, love” the lyrics in this track, sung with a slightly sassy attitude too. This track also includes a drum break down that adds a little edge to the song, making it stand out from the rest. ‘Something Cool’ starts with a very expressive piano intro before Lansberg comes in with her sweet, smooth sounding vocals that really emphasises the story within in the lyrics. Bringing the beat up again ‘Lonely Passion’ has a toe tapping beat and a smooth sway in the hips that you won’t be able to resist having a little boogie. The lyrics are easy to follow with Lansberg's vocal range matching the beat throughout, this is one you’ll find yourself singing along to. ‘Secret Garden’ is a truly endearing song that you can get lost within. The lyrics hold passion and poise as you can really hear the impressive vocal control within this song, Lansberg sings with a sweet yet low whispery register as well as effortlessly reaching the sharp high notes. ‘Perfect Tears’ is incredibly smooth and captivating! After a slow and smooth introduction, a bouncy beat comes in creating a toe tapping and playful tune. The piano is absolutely gorgeous throughout and unlike the other tracks when you close your eyes and listen to this, you can really picture the piano being played within a bar / lounge setting. Truly beautiful. Lansberg comes straight in with her vocals holding so much depth with the heartfelt lyrics. ‘Still’ is incredibly simple yet melodic with the piano playing graciously behind the vocals alongside a laid back drum beat this adding depth to this track. Ending the album on an ever so charming tune ‘Whistling Away the Dark’. The track starts with a mellow dramatic tone created by the piano as Lansberg soulfully sings extremely heartfelt lyrics, telling a story that creates a picture movie in the minds eye. The drums are soft and laid back as the guitar slightly strums allowing the piano and vocals to be the main focus creating a glamorous atmospheric Jazz piece. An influential song to leave us wanting more.
The entirety of this album is passionate, storytelling and completely mesmerising, the talent shared with us is truly bewitching. This really is a beautiful relaxing listen.