Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio we’ve been listening to London-based, Jewelia’s latest single, The Comfort of Falling.
Inspired by the fig tree metaphor in Sylvia Plath’s classic novel ‘The Bell Jar’, The Comfort Of Falling is about growing up and coming to terms with the choices we have made and the paths that lead us to where we are.
Beginning on some strummed acoustic guitar, Jewelia uses layered vocals as an instrument in the introduction. Soaring over the guitar, this sets the scene for a quality folk/ singer-songwriter track.
When Jewelia’s lead vocals come in, they (quite rightly) become the main focus of the song. They are clear and upfront in the mix. Every lyric is easily distinguishable and makes for a pleasant listen. Jewelia’s voice is breathy and intimate with some slightly Scandinavian influences in her delivery. We absolutely love the way Jewelia glides around the notes, using portamento techniques to perfection to create an intimate and inviting listen.
Occasional harmonies come in at just the right moments to bolster the lead and the dynamic soundscape of this track is an absolute joy to listen to. That all-important second verse includes some additional incidental background vocals between the lead line, as well as some ever-so-subtle extra guitars, piano and strings.
The rise and fall in this track is astonishing for a track with no percussion. We absolutely love the huge rise for the chorus each time, which then drops back to almost nothing for the verses.
We must draw attention to the instrumental section which again uses vocals as a lead line. With effortless head voice rising higher and higher in a euphoric blend, you cannot help but be swept along by this highly creative section. Returning to a simple vocal and guitar composition to end, this is a song which takes the listener on a highly emotional journey and one which enthralled us from start to finish with no drop in enjoyment at any moment.
Ideas from our ears
A small boost around 3-3.5kHz followed by a high shelf boost in the top octave would add to the clarity and brightness in the track. During the instrumental section towards the end, the low end gets a little ‘boomy’. A low-shelf cut around 70Hz would help to balance it out a little. A small boost around 160Hz and a cut around 250Hz would balance out the low mids a bit too. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
This was our first introduction to the music of Jewelia today, and one which has propelled her easily into our list of “ones to watch”. This is a beautiful Singer-songwriter delivered with a captivating vocal and expert arrangement.