What does it sound like?:
Roxanne de Bastion is another pretty face with a pretty voice who owns an acoustic guitar and has a piano in the front room. How is she going to stand out in the cut-throat music business and appeal to grizzled old Afterworders as well as youngsters her own age? She’s made a start by crowd funding Hearsay & Heirlooms and, next week, she is promoting it at small venues up and down the country at less than ten pounds a ticket.
I first noticed her on YouTube, all by herself, singing The Kinks Dead End Street. Her exquisite gossamer voice tackling a tale of austere existence is a fascinating listen. It’s a good choice for her to cover. Judging by Hearsay & Heirlooms, she aspires to emulate Ray Davies’s succinct storytelling. Dead End Street, in particular, also has a political edge Roxanne is clearly drawn to.
This album was inspired by her grandfather, a Hungarian composer, who endured the Nazis, then fled Stalin’s Russia and settled in Stratford upon Avon. She derives themes from his life and extrapolates them to the present day, mingling in her own experiences too: persecution, migration, exile, failing » Continue Reading.