Jazz-inflected artist Brittany Bosco is on the come up with the release of her EP Spectrum.
The internet is a big place, with an even bigger amount of content at my disposal anytime I need it. Beyond reading M.I.S.S. (shameless self promotion, whatup!) daily, my first point-and-clicks of the day typically lead me to a host of music blogs so I can listen up on any tracks I might have missed whilst my brain napped for the night. With about one billion blogs covering every genre of music possible, it’s probably easy for an artist to get lost in the interweb shuffle. But when I see a name pop up over and over on several sites, I know the internet is trying to tell me something. In this case, it’s trying to tell me that songstress Brittany Bosco is insanely dope.
Bosco's record is a mix of contemporary electronic influences and throwback instrumental-based jazz sounds.
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, the graduate of the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design is responsible for creating an EP that captures the growing diversity of Atlanta’s underground music community. Although Spectrum is strikingly contemporary thanks to lightly synthesized beats and a subtle inclusion of electronic-based sounds, the EP is a work of throwback perfection. Bosco, who has described her sound as “Gnarls meets a new-age Janice Joplin mothered by Sarah Vaughn”, knows where her roots are — on the track “Billie’s Song”, Bosco’s smokey rich voice croons: “I’m a child of jazz/ And a little bit of blues/ A dibble and dabble of funk down in my shoes. It’s obvious that Bosco is a believer in the old schools of jazz and blues. While many could describe her work as falling under the NeoSoul umbrella, Spectrum delves further into traditional jazz and blues sounds than the other crop of new artists in the genre. While, like her counterparts J*Davey, Bosco does strive to include electronic-funk elements on the album, her work is based around the inclusion of instruments like piano, the sax and the xylophone. Although jazz and blues are driving elements of Bosco’s music, the tracks never sound outdated, nor do you feel like you’re listening to someone trying too hard to create a throwback.
Bosco: She's just like us (She kills it in Scrabble)
Bosco’s lyrics are what keeps the record charging forward into the future. Her voice rises and falls on the beat about topics such as the complexities of distinctly modern relationships, the desire to create, and rediscovering identity. Thoroughly modern, Bosco relates to her audience on a personal level– she, like the rest of us, is lost sometimes, confused other times, joyful still, and has a heart built to love. Standouts like “Glich”, in which Bosco uses a metaphor to the digital world to talk about freeing herself from a controlling relationship, showcase Bosco’s playful innovation, which is well appreciated in an era when hits are as complex as “turning your swag on” (#FAIL).
Being an art student has played a major part in Bosco's style.
Besides being innovative in her lyrical content, Bosco is also taking major risks when it comes to her style. The singer rocks a mix of androgynous cool reminiscent of stars like Janelle Monae and even Andrew 3000. With her closely cropped hair and penchant for bamboo hoops, the pierced and tatted Bosco balances street, high fashion, and a touch of edge in an original and primary-color inflected way. Two thumbs way up from M.I.S.S.!
Style, grace, and a smiling face– the interwebs did not fail me when it came to Brittany Bosco! Since I can’t sang for crap, I’ll be humming her praises and am certain that 2k10 will be THE big year of Bosco!