Release Date: Nov 3, 2014
Record label: Surface Area
There are few voices as beautifully striking as that of English singer-songwriter Saint Saviour, née Rebecca Jones. Capable of quiet, introspective elegance one moment and soulful, melismatic pyrotechnics the next, those tremendous pipes have become her golden calling card. Formally the front woman of indie electro-band the RGBs, she rose to international prominence with her dazzling collaborative work on Groove Armada’s Grammy-nominated album Black Light.
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Now and then, an album comes along that is so fresh, its like a huge gust of fresh air in your face. It blows away the cobwebs and leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated. In The Seams is one of those albums. Emotion and atmosphere spill over ….
She may have made her name as an occasional singer with Groove Armada, but Rebecca Jones (aka Saint Saviour) has proven pretty difficult to pigeonhole over the last few years. Her debut album Union skipped over a whole host of genres with no little skill, but In The Seams sees her settle down into a recognisable sound – a more minimal, stripped down approach than previously for sure, but one that accentuates her voice perfectly. There’s a very delicate ‘chamber pop’ feel to In The Seams, helped in no small way by the talents of the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, and former The Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones who provides a faultless production.
As an artist, Becky Jones - AKA Saint Saviour - has shown two different sides to her approach during her short career. Coming to prominence on Groove Armada’s 2010 album Black Light, her light Stevie Nicks-esque quiver on “I Won’t Kneel” and her cheeky croon on “Paper Romance” provided career highlights for them, and a platform for her considerable vocal talent. Her 2012 debut Union covered a considerable amount of genres; trip hop, electronica, pastoral indie, piano-led pop.
Before In The Seams, Becky Jones was known for a lot of things, but stark folk singer wasn’t one of them. She was the previous lead singer of The RGBs and served as the frontwoman for the Groove Armada songs that she co-wrote. As Saint Saviour, Jones’ first album pegged her as a pop songstress whose vocals fell somewhere between Adele, Kate Bush and Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser.
Saint Saviour's 2011 release Union was a slept-on gem filled with comedowns, heel stomping pop and the considerable songwriting talents of Becky Jones. In the past, she's been favourably compared to Liz Fraser and Kate Bush, melding an experimental approach to her processes, yet mercifully, never losing sight of making accessible, enchanting music. Now, with her second LP, In The Seams, she's teamed up with Bill Ryder-Jones and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra and produced something that hangs so beautiful and heavy, that it'll crush you like a planet falling.