After spending a couple of months opening for Joan Armatrading, it’s perhaps only a matter of time before Lisbee Stainton becomes something of a household name. Girl on an Unmade Bed is her latest offering featuring 14 solid tracks, many of which were recorded at Abbey Road studios. Produced by Rupert Christie (who has worked with the likes of Kate Bush, Lou Reed and Coldplay) and showcasing Lisbee’s distinctive voice, it’s already been given positive feedback by the likes of Mojo and Uncut.
It’s a melody rich album, rooted in folk and highlighting the extra depth that Lisbee’s custom 8 string guitar brings to the music. It opens with the moving Red, which reads like a homage to the ocean, deep with sea-like layers before moving in to a number of song focusing on all that is quintessentially human. Harriet reads like a ode to Kate Nash, whilst Title track Girl on an Unmade Bed focuses on Lisbee’s intricate guitar melodies and lullaby-like harmonies, with a Joni Mitchell vibe running through it.
Underground with its steam engine opening, shows Lisbee’s command of the folk genre, whilst the more pop-esque Is Whispering is pushed forward with its rhythmic beats. Nevertheless it’s without a doubt Never Quite an Angel which is the understated stand out track of the album. With its summertime vibes and poignant lyrics it has passion at its heart and forces you to stop and truly take heed of Lisbee’s talent.
From the gut wrenching Just, to the uplifting jazzy Rainbow, there’s a reason that Tom Robinson has already championed Lisbee on his Myspace page and equally why she became the first unsigned performer to play in the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena. Just Like Me then seems to sum up Lisbee’s capabilities, but it’s safe to say that on the weight of this album Lisbee is already grown up and has good reason not to long to be anyone but herself.