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Zee Avi’s “Bitter Heart” brightens mine

18 Mar

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The new single from singer/songwriter Zee Avi’s upcoming self-titled debut album is streaming on her MySpace page and is now available on iTunes.

In “Bitter Heart”, the Brushfire Records newcomer canonizes the signature modus operandi prevalent in her lauded YouTube offerings: An airy, laid-back take on love’s weightier topics.

The track expresses the pent up feelings of a neglected love, but it does so with the happy-go-lucky introspective style popularized by label-mate Jack Johnson. In fact, “Bitter Heart” is reminiscent of several tracks on Jack’s In Between Dreams. A brief horn bridge (provided, I’m assuming, by Ozomatli) adds a satisfying touch.

Avi’s unique sound may not take popular radio by storm, but when you hear it playing in a surf shop or on Pandora, you won’t be able to help but take notice. The fusion of her Billie Holiday-like voice with eclectic accompaniment draws your attention and keeps it until the last happy chord.

Zee Avi’s self-titled debut album is due out May 19.

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 18, 2009 in Music, Zee Avi

 

3 responses to “Zee Avi’s “Bitter Heart” brightens mine

  1. Laguna Surf Shop

    March 22, 2009 at 3:40 am

    this is going to be such an awesome album, I can’t wait for it to come out! yessss!

     
  2. Meadowlark

    April 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Good stuff. Good find. Appreciate it.

     
  3. David

    May 20, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Simply the most gorgeous song I’ve ever heard: Bitter Heart by Zee Avi

     

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