Bak artistnavnet Rumer finner vi halvt engelske og halvt pakistanske Sarah Joyce, tidligere vokalist i indiefolkbandet La Honda og en singer-songwriter av de helt sjeldne. Seasons Of My Soul er hennes lavmælte debutalbum, en endeløst vakker utgivelse som plasserer seg i et behagelig, jazza og tidløst soulpoplandskap – men som samtidig er så mye mer. Med følsom vokal som minner om storheter som Karen Carpenter og Laura Nyro, og melankolske tekster som kryper kilende under huden, har Rumer fått et samlet, internasjonalt kritikerkorps til å hylle henne som «den nye, store stemmen i britisk pop».
Vi har vært så heldige å få Rumer til å velge ut og fortelle om noen av sine favorittlåter for WiMP, en liste som avslører en dyp forkjærlighet for nettopp Karen Carpenter, Laura Nyro og andre sterke kvinnelige stemmer.
Little Italy: Stephen Bishop
Stephen Bishop is one of my favourite songwriters. He wrote the theme from Tootsie. His melodies are so unusual. There is so much atmosphere in the music and the storytelling.
Wedding Bell Blues: The Fifth Dimension
I have danced on the table to this many times. Fantastic group covering my favourite Laura Nyro song.
Someday We’ll All Be Free: Donny Hathaway
This is so beautiful. I am only just really discovering how great Donny Hathaway was, as a performer as well as arranger and producer.
No Easy Way Down: Barbra Streisand
I cried to this sitting on a plane, after I had got swept up in yet another imaginary romance and was looking at another broken heart. This song was made for me at that moment. The lyrics, especially, by Gerry Goffin, are amazing
Lived In Bars: Cat Power
I don’t go for much modern music, unless it’s people on the underground scene but Chan Marshall, from Cat Power has real authenticity and conveys real emotion. I don’t really understand her lyrics, but I don’t mind. Her voice has so much depth and beauty.
You Really Got A Hold On Me: Laura Nyro & Labelle
This is from my favourite Laura Nyro album which she performed round one microphone with Labelle. Their takes on some classic songs are the best. It’s so raw and you can hear everything in the room.
Happy: The Carpenters
I love all Carpenters songs unconditionally including «Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft». I just pick one to suit my mood! Right now I love the good vibes on this one.
Do What You Gotta Do: Roberta Flack
So many people have covered this song, but she takes it to a new level completely. A masterclass in interpretation. Roberta put her soul into telling the story, which she makes her own.
Be Thankful For What You’ve Got: William DeVaughan
I love songs that are like rambling meditations and this is one of them. I love the congas, vibes and wah wah combination; there is just something spiritual about it.
Lopin’ Along Thru The Cosmos: Laura Nyro
Judee Sill is one of my favourite songwriters. She died in obscurity, but she left behind a legacy of beautiful music. Psychedelic hymns with soaring melodies and soul searching poetic lyrics, that are visual like Joni Mitchell on Heijiera.
You Turn Me On I’m A Radio: Joni Mitchell
As with The Carpenters, I love all Joni Mitchell songs up to the eighties. I can pick one to suit my mood. I love the harmonies in this one. Joni is not taking herself too seriously and having fun in this song.
Step Out: The Mamas And The Papas
I love Mama Cass Eliot’s voice, but I love Denny Docherty as well. This is a very plaintive song that has Denny’s mournful tenor voice all over it.