Jasmine Rodgers – Blood Red Sun – Review and UK February Shows

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Blood Red Sun is the 1st album of original songs written by Jasmine Rodgers and is produced by Sean Genockey of Black Dog Studios. The album has a nice collection of tracks featuring collaborations with Hotei Tomoyasu, Scott Matthews, members of Red Racer and Pyramid Ship and Dan Carey.

Alternative folk/alternative rock Jasmine Rodgers is a singer-songwiter from London with a Japanese poet mother and a Middlesborough rock singer dad. Her first foray into music (apart from singing Fleetwood Mac on Capital Radio’s 30 second Wonder segment age 11) was as front woman to rock band Boa, which has a loyal international following due to their single ‘Duvet’ used as opening theme song to award winning Japanese anime ‘Lain Serial Xperiments’.

Following on from the anime theme, Jasmine Rodgers wrote and performed for the soundtrack of Armitage III, a US/Japanese anime film featuring Juliette Lewis. Jasmine Rodgers took time out from the musical world, and Boa, to complete a degree in Zoology.

img_4891After graduating she recorded an EP of original acoustic songs and began performing at well-loved venues across the UK (including Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Albert Hall) and Italy (including Venice Biennale), collaborating with musicians including Indian classical musicians such as Mendi Mohinder Singh and Waqas Choudhary for the New Art Exchange’s Mela.

Old friend and producer Sean Genockey (Jamie Lenman, Tom Mcrae, Futureheads) has been instrumental in helping Jasmine Rodgers to develop her sound and the result is an intimate portrayal of her experiences in an exquisite and heartfelt setting, never losing her rock and folk music heritage. Her debut album also includes Icicles, produced by double Mercury award nominee Dan Carey (Kate Tempest and Nick Mulvey) and collaborations with Japanese rock legend Hotei Tomoyasu (Kill Bill) and Ivor Novello winner Scott Matthews.

John Hogg (Red Racer, Moke) provided backing vocals, bass and mandola, Dan Kavanagh (Jamie Lenman, Godsized) and Charlie Morton (Pyramid Ship, Moke) provided drums and percussion, and Danny Keane (Scott Matthews, Anouska Shankar, Nitin Sawnhey).
The album has been mastered by Ed Woods (Chess Records, Roger Daltrey, Guy Massey)

Review

Blood Red Sun is a wonderful Folk record. It is a very hypnotic, melodious and incredibly relaxing album which is easy and pleasant to listen to. The album has a somewhat mysterious and ghostly feel to it. The melodies of each track are captivating tunes with stunning, pure sounds that are unique and mesmerising.

Jasmine’s voice is charming with a pretty, very calming tone and just as the music, her voice is hypnotic and really pulls you in. Jasmine is the kind of artist that makes me love Folk music. Her lyrics are very poetic, honest, relatable and very artistic.

Sometimes, I am really in the mood to listen to music that can help me escape and take me somewhere else entirely. I find myself listening to this album quietly, with candles and a blanket and finding peace. For some reason I am pulling in memories of the scene from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe where Mr Tumnus plays his flute to make Lucy sleepy. Now I mean this in a good way. You don’t always want to listen to music that is up-beat and gets you moving. This is a sleepy record in a dreamlike, enchanting, spirited way.

Each track flows well into the next and it is an album that you can play on repeat and never tire of. Some of the tracks such as Taken have a somewhat theatrical side to it in the sense of it’s very emotionally and powerfully sung.

Let It Burn has a country element to it with wonderful harmonies. It is a very short track, under two minutes which a few off the album are.

One of my favourite tracks is probably Sense which is as upbeat as the album gets without it being really upbeat. It has a slight pop element to the song and is very single worthy.

Overall, the album is very lovely and I recommend you give it a listen.

You can download Blood Red Sun now and I recommend you do.

Blood Red Sun by Jasmine Rodgers
https://itun.es/gb/oxMIfb

Jasmine also has some shows in February including The Royal Albert Hall. Info can be found here;

http://jasminerodgers.com/upcoming-gigs-2/

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