Playlist \\ Bryony Jarman-Pinto picks 5 vocalists that inspired her upcoming debut album

28th June 2019

Vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto has caught our attention of over the last few years by releasing stunning collabs with artists including Matthew Halsall and Werkha. Now, following her album preview show at Ghost Notes with Supreme Standards back in February, she’s preparing to release ‘Cage & Aviary’. 

Bryony’s sophisticated songwriting is inspired by Jazz, folk and soul, with luscious harmonies that bring her warm, husky tone to the forefront. Singles including ‘As I’ve Heard’ and ‘Saffron Yellow’ reveal Bryony’s growing strength as a solo artist. 

Of ‘Cage & Aviary’, Bryony says, “The album is built around my contemplations on life, love and myself and tying that in with wider global issues.” She adds, “lyrically I have circled around the theme of family and securities I felt at a younger age, measured against my insecurities now and personal desires to my own femininity and personhood”.

Ahead of the album’s release on Brighton staple Tru Thoughts – and her performance at Love Supreme Jazz Festival in July – we’ve asked Bryony to select five vocalists that have in some way inspired her debut album, ‘Cage & Aviary’. 

“Listening to music is all about the voice for me”, Bryony says, opening up about her selections, below. “It’s when I feel most connected to a song and obviously it’s my instrument of choice so I love listening to how different singers mould the sound and lyrics of their music. While I was writing the album, ‘Cage & Aviary’, I was listening to so much music, especially female vocalists. I guess this is a list of people I was loving before, during and after; who influenced me in my writing whilst also developing my own sound and exploring the possibilities of my voice”. 

\\ Sarah Vaughan – Lover Man

I came across Sarah Vaughan when I was a teenager, discovering the singers of the Jazz standards I’d grown up listening to live. She mesmerised me with her fluid transitions and the rich tone of her voice. 

 \\ Nai Palm –  Molasses

I was so excited the first time I heard Nai Palm’s voice on BBC 6Music with Hiatus Kaiyote. I just loved her style. She uses her range so creatively and the way she plays with rhythm is genius. Ever since I’ve then I’ve had her on a pedestal. 

\\ Charlotte Dos Santos – Watching You

I stumbled across her on a Spotify playlist… classic! It was towards the end of writing the album; I got really excited by the Jazz tones coming through in her music and it completely reenergised me. I recently saw her perform live at EartH – she was effortless.

\\ Solange – Weary

I listened to the album ‘A Seat at the Table’ on repeat for like a year. I listened a lot to her harmonies, song structure and the dynamic use of her voice to articulate the meaning in her lyrics. 

\\ Nina Simone – Feeling Good

Nina Simone represents the ability to project true emotion through the voice. I remember a defining moment for me listening to “Feeling Good”: I released that it wasn’t about having “a pretty voice” but being able to communicate a feeling and move people with your voice.

Pre-order Bryony Jarman-Pinto’s ‘Cage & Aviary’ now

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