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"Tell Me" by Michele Stodart - A Confessional Blend of Heartbreak and Americana

Michele Stodart's "Tell Me," the lead single from her third studio album 'Invitation,' is a timelessly classic track that sways effortlessly between the territories of heartbreak, honesty, and musical nostalgia. Born in the Caribbean and now based in London, Michele is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist, best known as part of The Magic Numbers, but this track firmly establishes her as a compelling solo artist.

A nod to legendary songwriters like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Carole King, "Tell Me" is a beautiful mix of Americana, jazz, and country. Stodart’s vocal delivery, expressive and emotionally raw, brings to mind the likes of Lucinda Williams, Aldous Harding, and Martha Wainwright. The melancholic melodies and emotive lyrics grip you from the very beginning, offering a glimpse into the depth of her songwriting abilities.

The song starts off with the direct and striking lyric, "Tell me, Tell me it's not over," immediately drawing the listener into its narrative world. Stodart’s voice is both confident and vulnerable, while the lyrics discuss themes of deception, heartbreak, and longing with an intensity that’s as captivating as it is heartrending.

The piano accompaniment, contributed by her brother and fellow Magic Numbers bandmate, Romeo Stodart, adds an extra layer of melancholy to the song. His playing style, reminiscent of the likes of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, provides a complementary backdrop to Michele’s rich, textured vocals.

"Tell Me" explores a deeply personal narrative, with Stodart describing it as "a song about a love affair in denial, hiding behind a sense of control and composure.” It’s a confessional track, with a palpable sense of immediacy and rawness. It’s a brave exploration of a one-sided conversation between truth and lies in a relationship.

In the arena of Americana and country, Stodart is making her mark. "Tell Me" is a strong testament to her musical versatility, blending the old-world charm of classic Americana with the modern sensibility of singer-songwriter music. It's a song that not only showcases her immense talent as a musician but also her ability to communicate deep, complex emotions with remarkable simplicity. This track is a strong introduction to her third studio album, and if "Tell Me" is any indication, 'Invitation' is likely to be an unforgettable musical journey.


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