Melanie De Biasio
(born on 1978)
Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian vocalist who mixes jazz, blues, and soul. Born in Charleroi, Belgium in 1978, De Biasio studied classical dance and flute before discovering her love of singing. She studied music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and the Brussels Conservatory. De Biasio released her debut album, A Stomach Is Burning, in 2007. In 2013, she returned on PIAS with No Deal, an album that reached number five on Belgium's Ultratop chart and earned her a 2015 European Border Breakers Award. The release was also strongly supported in the U.K. by BBC DJ Gilles Peterson, who had the singer perform at his 2015 Worldwide Awards ceremony. Peterson helped put together No Deal Remixed, issued on PIAS in February 2015. Contributors included Eels, Seven Davis, Jr. and Cinematic Orchestra. De Biasio followed this up with the aural odyssey Blackened Cities on Play It Again Sam in May 2016. The EP consisted of a single 24-minute suite-like track inspired by her travels through post-industrial environs such as Charleroi, Manchester, and Detroit. The composition provocatively explores European jazz, noir-ish soul, avant pop, electro, trip-hop, and classical crossover. The full-length Lilies, recorded in comparatively sequestered conditions with simplified means, followed in 2017. ~ Matt Collar
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 6, 2017 | [PIAS] Le Label
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"For Lilies I just wanted to retreat to a cave with my Pro-Tools, my computer, and my cheap, 100Euro Shure SM-58 microphone. I could have gone to a big studio, made a big production – but I wanted none of that. I wanted to go back to the seed of creativity, the simplest materials. I was in this room where there was no light, no night or day at all, no heat. Very uncomfortable. But I felt free. I was happy to have this feeling – ‘I don’t need more, I have everything I need here.’” The spirit and the context in which Melanie De Biasio created Lilies are certainly in keeping with this unique artist's life and work... A singer-musician who is always ready to question and challenge herself anew and push the boundary markers which are so often set down between musical genres. Released in 2013, her album No Deal excelled as an atmospheric meeting of jazz, electro and rock. The Belgian who worships Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln took another departure from the beaten track with what is commonly called vocal jazz, and wandered towards soul, trip hop, blues: into the most impalpable of ethers. In these weightless sequences, Lilies is firmly stamped with the De Biasio hallmark. This is a way of doing away with labels and playing with light and dark, day and night. © MD/Qobuz
Electronic/Dance - Released December 8, 2017 | [PIAS] Le Label
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