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Wow! Thanks so much for your kind words! It feels good to get my first feedbacks here! :-) Best, Jaël

Posted on: 19th October, 2015 22:27:10

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Name / Band Name: Jaël
Genres: Electronica, Indie, Pop
Location: Berne, Switzerland

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Member Since: 10/14/15
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“Shuffle The Cards”: Jaël, the Queen of Hearts

A lot can change in a year. After taking her final bow as front woman of the band Lunik at their farewell concert, charismatic Bernese singer-songwriter Jaël has since metamorphosed and returned with her new solo album, “Shuffle the Cards”.

A reflection of her musical depth and insights, Jaël’s debut sounds more modern, global and electronic than her past work. The scope of the 14 songs is vast and sees the 35-year-old use the full range of her voice, from poppy to ethereal on folk riffs, R'n'B, dance and electro. On the album, Jaël’s unmistakable voice and the harmonizing arrangements bring this eclecticism together in a whole. Quiet moments and melancholy sit comfortably side-by-side with catchy up-tempo hooks.

Diverse influences
Collaboration with other artists adds to the album’s rich textures and variety. Like German songwriter Alexander Freund, who has worked with many of Germany’s greats, Swiss producers Philippe Merk and Thomas Fessler, renowned American songwriter Tom Freund and musicians James Walsh and Nick Coler. All worked intensively with Jaël on the songs and lyrics. But it was British sound wizard Eliot James who had the greatest impact on the album. For “Shuffle the Cards”, the multitalented musician, who produced the Kaiser Chiefs’ album “Off With Their Heads” together with Mark Ronson, wrote some of the instrumentals, arranged the songs and played all instruments.

These inspirations bring new dimensions to the songs lyrically. “I would often work on a single passage for hours until it all would end up sitting together perfectly with the music and encapsulate what I really wanted to express,” says Jaël. This is evident for example in the song "Last Will From Your Love", which tenderly describes the end of a relationship from the perspective of the love itself, as it says farewell to the two lovers. The tension between Tom Freund’s American conciseness and the imagery of Jaël’s texts come through in the folk music-styled song "Free Fall". It becomes clear the album’s stories draw on Jaël’s own life.

Duet with James Walsh
Among the potential hits are "In Love Again", "I Don’t Like Goodbyes", "Raindrops", "Shuffle The Cards" and the duet "Easy Life" with James Walsh, which is destined to become a favourite on European club dance floors. The album’s lyrics delve into questions of the heart: what to do when a relationship is at a crossroads, whether you can fall in love with the same person over and over, and what it feels like when partners are so different. The arrangements feature an array of distorted guitars, classical piano, digital ambience and the discordant sound of everyday objects.

Jaël. "Shuffle The Cards". On sale from 23.10.2015.


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