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“It's her voice that smacks you around the head. It's utterly unique. […]  Her own compositions are drenched in the American blues, but always stay true to her own inimitable sound”.  Ruth Barnes, BBC 6 Music ‘Pick Of The Week’

"Super fine and sassy singer fusing a Tarrantino-esque sense of cool with a vocal style that imbibes both Peggy Lee and Edith Piaf with touches of jazz and rock 'n' roll”. Time Out

“They conjure an atmosphere of sultry exoticism […] combine early R'n'B stylings with French chanson and create something very special. [  ]  Addictive and compulsive.”  Bucketfull of Brains 

 

 Florence Joelle's
Kiss Of Fire
 

Florence Joelle - Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Huck Whitney - Lead Guitar
Chris Campion - Bass, Vocals
Arthur Lager - Drums

Listen to Florence Joells Kiss Of Fire on myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/flosmedicineshow 

 

 

Florence Joelle's Kiss Of Fire

 

 

Album: Kiss Of Fire

Debut Album 

 

 

Songstress and blues harpist Florence Joelle, with a style all her own and a subconscious colonised by vintage American tunes, sings of things that go bump in the night.  Paris-born, she was bred on jazz at home, and on the music of the city’s streets: the Gypsy art of Django Reinhardt, bal musette, and North African rai.  As a girl she began to collect rock’n’roll, doo-wop and rhythm’n’blues, and echoes of all these can be heard in her songwriting. 

Introducing the unstoppable Chris Campion on bass. The infamous Arthur Lager (aka Nick Comb from The Scientists, Gallon Drunk) on drums and percussion and, on lead guitar, the tenacious tunesmith Huck Whitney (Flaming Stars), Florence and her group Kiss Of Fire have been impressing audiences with their unique brand of roots sounds, not just in London but all over Europe it seems. 

Released on Butterfly Records for 7” vinyl and 360 Degrees Music for digital, their debut EP came out in September 2010, receiving impressive press reviews, from Time Out to Bucketfull Of Brains, on both sides of the Channel (including radio play on mainstream Spanish and German radios), as well as ‘Pick Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music (Ruth Barnes, Tom Robinson Show).

Recorded straight to 2” tape at vintage analogue studio Gizzard, their eponymous first album, while drawing from the past, carves out a unique sound that lives in the present, bringing their own slant to the likes of Chick Webb’s ‘40s reefer blues ‘When I Get Low I Get High’, and the ‘50s R&B staple ‘Unchain My Heart'.  Joelle’s own compositions, like the colourful ‘Hell Be Damned And Look Out (You May Only Live Once)’ which highlights the band’s signature sound, ‘Stardust Merchant’, echoing early jazz standards and the melodrama of the post-war French songbook, the passionate ‘I’ll Come Running’, the rootsy ‘Gypsy Boy’, or her ‘Watermelon Gin’, a wistful, calypso-tinged serenade to love lost, are beautifully arranged by Huck Whitney, Chris Campion and Arthur Lager.

A video of ‘Stardust Merchant’ directed by Chris Campion, will be released early this year.

Number 5 in the Reverbnation London blues charts.  Number 10 in the UK blues charts:

http://www.reverbnation.com/florencejoelle

PRESS QUOTES

"Super fine and sassy singer fusing a Tarrantino-esque sense of cool with a vocal style that imbibes both Peggy Lee and Edith Piaf with touches of jazz and rock 'n' roll. Her fine band includes guitarist/songwriter/film director Huck Whitney." Time Out, Dec. 2010

“Not usually a fan of the fifties rockabilly pastiche - Florence Joelle has come along and blown that little prejudice straight outta the water. The Paris-born singer now lives in London and it's her voice that smacks you around the head. It's utterly unique. Florence and her band The Kiss of Fire's treatment of this 1940's Chick Webb tune brings it smack bang into the present day and her own compositions are drenched in the American blues, but always stay true to her own inimitable sound - you'll find more on her myspace page”. Ruth Barnes' Pick Of The Week, Tom Robinson’s Show, BBC 6 Music

“The single that I have played most in the last few weeks is by Florence Joelle's Kiss Of Fire. I first saw Florence a few times last year when she and Sterling Roswell were playing together. Sterling's no longer working with her but she's got a cool little band with Arthur Lager on drums, Chris Campion on bass, and Huck Whitney on guitar. They conjure an atmosphere of sultry exoticism on this mix of standards and originals that combine early R'n'B stylings with French chanson and create something very special. Listening to these settings and her delightful voice the real world fades from view and you're suddenly decades away in a Left Bank cellar or a Manhattan cabaret. Addictive and compulsive.”  Bucketfull of Brains Dec 2010

"The whole thing has tinges of R'n'B, blues, jazz, calypso, rockabilly and even some chanson'n'swing, with reverb-y guitar to the fore.  Fantastic".  Intoxica Records, Christmas Top 10

“Drawing upon classic hopped-up America roots music and injecting it with her own je ne sais quoi, Florence Joelle and her distinguished ensemble (featuring the notorious leftfield filmmaker Arthur I Walked With A Surrealist Lager on voodoo drums and Flaming Star stalwart Huck Whitney playing mercurial lead guitar) have fashioned a sound that is simultaneously timeless and yet entirely current. A neat trick if you can pull it off, and Florence Joelle's Kiss of Fire have done it with style to spare. Whether on the inspired covers (early jazz/swing drummer Chick Webb's mary jane suffused 'When I Get Low I Get High' and the touchstone 1950s rhythm & blues opus 'Unchain My Heart') or Joelle's highly evocative original compositions (the Latin flavoured 'Watermelon Gin' and the yearning 'Stardust Merchant'), Florence Joelle's Kiss of Fire channel the contemporary resonance of figures such as Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos and Tom Waits with French chanson, vintage rock 'n' roll, loungecore and enduring jazz standards. Perhaps even more importantly, Joelle's wonderfully fractured and totally unaffected emotive voice speaks of experience and of a life lived to the full. Florence Joelle is a very welcome antidote to the bland and airbrushed female vocals that currently infect the airwaves” Ian Johnston. www.soundblab.com

"Link Wray meets Peggy Lee with a Gallic spice.  Fabulous and highly entertaining". Garth Cartwright, www.charliegillett.com (Aug 30, 2009)

“The future's retro, as Vic 20 once said. Florence Joelle's songs are reminiscent of 40's reefer blues with a 'subconscious colonised by vintage American tunes and things that go bump in the night'. Yet the music is also curiously contemporary. Enjoy!”  Scaledown - Resonance fm (Jul 2010)

“Florence Joelle and her band Kiss of Fire have packaged together on one EP five songs, a cross between jazz, classic Rhythm & Blues and French charm. The long-awaited release is available as vinyl and download through Butterfly Records. It starts off with a reefer song - When I Get Low I Get High, which Chick Webb released in the '40s ; Florence Joelle and her band transform it into an exciting R&B piece for a dimly-lit cellar bar. At the close of the record too it goes into a territory somewhere between R&B and Rock'n' Roll with "Never Thought I'd See The Day", Huck Whitney's guitar has almost a surf feel while the rhythm section (Chris Campton - b, Arthur Lager - dr) holds it together and Joelle's voice floats above it. The same goes for the second cover version, Joe Cocker's popular "Unchain My Heart" (Teddy Powell/Bobby Sharp); again this French woman finds a version completely her own, lascivious and languid - a person would have to be numb or dead not to let her go. Hers is a voice you can't easily escape. Above all, though there are three songs written by Joelle herself, which make this album a must-buy for all who love jazz blues. Watermelon Gin is Calypso about lost love, melancholic and irresistble. With "Stardust Merchant" she meets her love of old jazz with a French effortlessness. A lovely EP which makes you hope that a full album will be here soon." Nathan Norgel – Wasser Prawda