Traedonya’s debut single, ‘Another Lie’, is an uplifting, modern but tentative step into the hallowed halls of classic jazz-funk
The song is brimming with attitude, almost confrontational at times. The New York songstress has diva qualities in her vocals – think Mary J Blige or Alicia Keys – but her feet are firmly planted in the jazz tradition, so Another Lie isn’t an excuse for Traedonya to disappear into a narcissistic bout of yelps and warbles. The song is rooted by a simple and repetitive guitar hook, broken up at times by a welcome collection of trumpets. Another Lie feels like freeform jazz and the singer respects this throughout, matching the repetition of the instruments with simple, recurring melodies, at times bordering on scatting. But the song has an essence of modernity too. It sounds new: formulaic and classic yes, but with real grit, nicely levelled out by squeaky clean production.
Another Lie doesn’t transport you to a bygone era of dark, smokey Harlem jazz dens, but jazz it certainly is – just the daytime variety.
Verdict: A refreshing take on a timeless musical tradition