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Kaz Simmons – Signs

Francisca Pereira


Kaz Simmons, the London jazz singer/songwriter, is back with yet another album. Signs is the title of a brand new adventure which promises a trip through several music genres while still never forgetting the jazzy vibe she is so well known for.

The artist is no stranger to change and to innovation – her previous album, Dandelions (2011) was a whole new musical experience, featuring songs penned by the artist throughout various stages of her life. It was a fusion of sounds from both her young and adult life, and this new album is no different. Ever-evolving and always ambitious, Simmons has taken her music to yet another level. The record is a pleasant symbiosis of the singer-songwriter’s mesmerising, crystal-clear voice and several differing genres, such as rock and musical theatre. Her take on these, however, is very fresh and, one could even say, comforting. Her melodious voice is as soothing as ever, and the tracklist presents itself as a progression of appeasing (and some edgier) tunes with a nostalgic tinge to them. Dandelion was, it could be argued, an autobiographical piece of work. If that premise is to be true, then Signs is undoubtedly Volume 2 or, at least, a new chapter of the 2011 masterpiece.

Her very own band’s playing is particularly exquisite in all of the tracks, providing the most perfect accompaniment to her breezy, sweet voice, especially new additions guitarist Martin Kolarides and organist Will Bartlett.

According to the musician herself, her fascination for the 1970s played a huge part in the making of the album. Such influence is present on tracks London Loves and Signs; early Genesis and Pink Floyd are cited as major inspirations here. The whole album has a very 70s vibe, but is very up to date and easy to listen at the same time. No matter your background, rocker or jazz lover, you will love this album. It is a modern, fresh and vivid take on a sonority that is very recognisable from her previous projects, only with a dash of edginess and restlessness that fits her so well.