“De’Borah has one of those voices that makes
you stop everything and just listen, until you emerge trancelike from the other
side wondering whether it felt like a second or a lifetime.”
- Fresh On The Net
In July 2012, De’Borah
released ‘A Thousand Tongues’, an EP which has since received airplay on BBC
Radio 6Music and BBC Radio Kent. Her next EP, ‘Waiting Games’, continued that
run of success with airplay from BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 6Music and XFM.
Her latest EP, ‘Chambers On A Sleeve’, could well surpass those successes.
by her father who brought her up on a nourishing diet of Gospel music and
Stevie Wonder classics, the soulful edge to her music is what sets De’Borah
apart from her contemporaries. Couple that with the Joni Mitchell-influenced
story-telling and you have a singer-songwriter whose longevity is all but
assured. At just 11 years old De’Borah began writing and singing her
own songs, before she was given a guitar at the age of 13. Fast-forward to her college
days at 16 years old De’Borah was already playing live shows, thinking nothing
of the almost vertical learning curve. Now she plays live shows all across
London, and recently performed in New York, Bulgaria and Germany.
Definitive songs like ‘Three
Word Phrase’ and ‘Just A Boy’ show that what makes De’Borah special is
her uncanny ability to tap into the most fundamental of human experiences:
heartache, alienation and burning love. “I have
a vulnerability about me,” she says “and I really believe that not only does
vulnerability connect with people but it’s quite empowering. That’s what runs
through my music.”
De’Borah’s music has justifiably earned her a lot of respect
within the industry. Ivor Novello-winning Chris Difford (Squeeze) described her
as a “delicate and perfect writer”, while BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley
praised what he calls “a wonderful purity to her voice and songs.” It’s easy to
see why she’s earned such praise. De’Borah’s lyrics are captivating,
thought-provoking and emotive, she paints vivid, mesmeric pictures with her
songwriting that stay with you for days, and her use of imagery and wordplay is
so endearing and charming you can’t help but give her your undivided attention.
‘Chambers On A Sleeve’, a
play on the phrase “heart on the sleeve”, is a thoughtfully conceived
four-track collection, building on some of the themes she’s explored in the
past but there’s a new dimension to this release. This time round De’Borah
expands upon the idea of the heart being like a home, with each of the four
chambers representing a different song, culminating of course in the EP’s
closer “The House”. Sonically, it’s a much warmer and fuller sound with a
comforting richness about it. Most importantly, this is the first release she
produced herself, along with Jesse Hackett (Stones Throw Records, Gorillaz),
and this hands on approach has taken us a step closer to hear De’Borah’s music
exactly as she wants it to sound.
Balancing softly sung lyrics with powerful songwriting and
potent, unforgettable melodies, De’Borah’s are songs that will outlive trends
and buzz; they are songs with longevity that will be as potent and relevant in
50 years’ time as they are now.
'...a voice that achieves that balance between delicacy and strength' - Simon Evans, BBC Radio Kent