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Most recent release, Love & Blood (2015)
Mix of own compositions, covers, and co-written material
Jean Synodinos has a lovely, rich voice. Her musical style ranges through varieties of folk flavoured with country, pop, jazzy horns. Her music is a mix of her own work and a few covers. Her stylings are somewhat conventional, but done with energy and passion. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
Jean Synodinos—lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Charles Rieser—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, B3, mandolin, mandotar, vibraphones, shaker, late night kick drum, drum loop
Charles Rieser and Jean Synodinos
This is an interesting and well-constructed collection of songs. Jean Synodinos's lovely alto vocals are the central force, uniting the songs which sometimes feel jazzy, sometimes a little country, sometimes bluesy. Her "Gospel According to John" is a deadringer for Michelle Shocked's folk/rock sound, and come to think of it, her (excellent, by the way) cover of "Ode to Billy Joe" has that feel as well, though on other tracks, such as the bluesy "Time Take Time" or the jazzy, carefree "Sure Thing", the similarity is less evident. Contemporary folk fans should check her out. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jean Synodinos—vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric sitar, keyboards
Charles Rieser—electric guitar, acoustic guitars (all tracks); vibratone, omnichord (1); drum loops, keyboards (2); odd noises (10)
Jean Synodinos has a warm, relaxed sound and a lovely voice. All of that is in prefect synch on this album. "Five things to do today" is an ironic account of a prefect life with a bluesy feel. "Full Moon Eclipsing" is a sumptuous track with a great lyric and a vocal that's as good as ever. "The Scissors to my rock" is a tough yet relaxed little song witn an ace lyric. It's an utterly brilliant album. (email@example.com)
Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell and Sophia Gurley for work on this entry.
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