Published Jun 16, 2015British-Canadian songstress Fiona Bevan has been garnering attention for her songwriting affiliations with pop stars like One Direction and Ed Sheeran, but she's ready to release her debut album Talk to Strangers on this side of the Atlantic — and Exclaim! is giving you an early listen.
Despite the work with her bubblegum pop pals, Bevan describes her own music as more a mix of "modern stripped-down soul, folk and jazz." Her soprano voice and keen sense for catchy melodies ties all of the genre-jumping sounds together.
"I love clever, interesting pop and I adore storytelling," Bevan said in a press release. "It's important to me that no words are wasted. I write about real things that have happened to me or my friends. I try to find the focus of a story and work from there. My writing process is really an attempt to understand who I am and how not to be walked over in the world — as a woman, as a shy person, as someone doing something different."
Opening with the funk-tinged folk number "Rebel Without a Cause," Talk to Strangers immediately establishes Bevan's wide range of influences and unique approach to crafting music. Bevan presents a range of styles that is sure to keep the ear engaged, from the bright ukulele-driven "Slo Mo Tiger Glo" to the lo-fi pop of "Dial D for Denial" to the slightly more downcast, almost bluesy title track and finally to the piano-heavy, angel-voiced closer "Last Days of Decadence."
Talk to Strangers officially lands in Canada on June 23 via Convexe Entertainment/Universal, but you can hear it in its entirety in the player below right now.