An expansive range of musical influences expertly entwined is the defining characteristic of this latest offering from Sophie Hunger. Danger of the Light is the fourth album from the Swiss born singer/songwriter, and EF are happy to report that her latest uplifting offering of infused folk, pop, blues and jazz does not disappoint.
Energetic tracks, electric opener Rerevolution and the more pensive Perpetrator, are beautifully constructed songs that oh-so-skilfully highlight the ethereal quality of Hunger’s voice, made even more special when laden with sorrowful tone, as in Can You See Me. Intermittent flamenco style furious clapping provides a warming Mediterranean quality, that works wonders amid persistent high hat, acoustic guitar, moody keys and jazz trombone; an outstanding demonstration of overseas style and classic elements combined.
In contrast, Holy Hells and The Fallen emphasizes the songstress’s comfort in pushing the boundaries of her voice to perform more powerful ballad like melodies, thick with velvety tones, is evident. Hunger shows great courage in her enthusiasm for drawing on an assortment of genres; a willingness that is truly admirable and proves to be a gamble that pays highly.
Hunger, born Émilie Jeanne-Sophie Welti, whilst having achieved moderate success elsewhere following numerous appearances on a variety of platforms including the Montreux Jazz Festival, hasn’t previously rendered much recognition in the UK. But with songs such as LikeLikeLike, a charming song overflowing with optimism and joie de vivre, proving popular with fans, it surely won’t be long before she gets the praise that is so deserved.
Lyrically, the record is a masterpiece, with the bilingual musician including a smoky Swiss-German track, proving that German doesn’t always have to sound harsh, but can in fact be enchanting.
Sophie Hunger is unlike anything else you will hear this year.