The first time I read about London singer Szerdene was back in January 2010, when I discovered her Collage: The Demo on SoulCulture. Over the months, I was always delighted to discover her new singles and collaborations, including her work with Dutch singer Mar (if you have never heard their rendition of April 14th, do yourself a favour and head over here). It is therefore with great pleasure that I learned about her brand-new project, Patchwork The EP, released via Wonderful Ear Records. Of course, I couldn’t not share such beauty with you! In case you are not familiar with Szjerdene’s music and her amazing voice, this should serve as a great introduction, before you discover her previous releases. Freshly signed with Plug Research label, the young Londoner is getting more and more shine on the independent soul scene, deservedly so.
With Patchwork The EP, you get a glimpse of what Szjerdene can do and with only four tracks, it definitely sounds as an appetiser which will make you eager to listen to more from the talented lady. Opening the project, we have Blue Lullaby, whose original version was featured on Collage: The Demo and which remains one of my favourite songs of hers. Deeply personal and emotional, it never fails to bring me close to tears, while Szerdene’s voice is sheer purity and perfection. Then, the delicate Turn also has a very honest element and the beautiful, discreet melody underlines the lyrics perfectly, allowing the listener to focus on every word and feel their power. As is the case with many of her songs, this initial simplicity is then overcome by a great energy and intense guitars, before returning towards the end. Much more experimental and darker, 4th Stranger takes you on a mysterious ride, where distorted sounds and Szjerdene’s ever so gorgeous voice create an hypnotic, addictive atmosphere. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but I can’t but admire the singer’s versatility and innovative approach. Finally, closing Patchwork The EP on a more soulful note, Go sounds like the perfect way to say goodbye, while remembering that we’ll definitely meet again. The lovely piano and angelic vocals are like a balm for your heart, a ray of hope after the rainy days and a promise for better days. With four tracks that are as different from one another as possible, Szjerdene clearly created a wonderful Patchwork which presents different sides of her art and shows just how promising an artist she is.
Don’t hesitate one more second and stream Patchwork The EP on Szjerdene’s Soundcloud page, before you head to to purchase the project. You can also click on the link below to start the journey.
Now, because there is no such thing as too much beauty, here is the official video for Blue Lullaby, one of the most incredible songs I’ve ever heard. Enjoy and don’t forget to spread the word.