Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Leon Bridges: Back to the future!

Leon BridgesWhat a breathe of fresh air, in an environment dominated by computer-assisted tracks competing with each other, from a trend to another! The kind of discovery that should let nobody indifferent, generating immediate transportation in some unlikely screenplay featuring the unforgettable Robert Herridge sessions (remember his presentation of Miles Davis’s ‘So What’ back in 1959). Singers such as Sam Cooke (although he wasn’t Bridges‘s reference), Al Green, Otis Redding. If not the impression left by the late Amy Winehouse when coming to hear of her for the first time, or Raphael Saadiq singing ‘Oh Girl’. Images like the ones of the Norman Jewison 1967 directed ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ featuring Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger, to name but a few…
We all know how the use of the use of vintage recording equipment and instruments may add to the collective imaging we tend to have of the past, and even more regarding what we consider as our respective ‘Happy Days’, but it’s definitely not of an attitude when speaking of this 25 year old Texan singer. This is nothing but his universe, even though he definitely has a thing for nostalgia.
Everything in the video he managed to have produced by Chip Tompkins for ‘Coming Home’ (his very first one) illustrates this, from the black and white film it was shot with, to the vintage reel-to-reel recorders and 50’s-era microphone he croons into…
“I wanted to express a simple story of faithfulness”, Bridges told the Fader. “The video is basically my Instagram come to life – showing vignettes of a real relationship, me caught up in the busy lane of life, but always longing to be with my loved one.”

We’re in front of some obvious dusty soul from the past, but as already said, this dust sounds and looks so delicious along with this man. “There was just nobody doing it” (he also said), which is a fact, and he does this so well, so naturally, as illustrated on other songs due to appear on his upcoming album set for release by the Summer on Columbia. Be this on ‘Better Man’ as on the subtly nuanced ‘Lisa Sawyer’, in the true tradition of the Doo-Wop ballads, with Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim left in charge of the production…
No doubt, Bridges is destined to have a special relation with many of us. Besides, with some of us, he already has…

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