Review

Fay Lamour’s Forty Second Street might be what the 2020s will sound like

We’re one year away from the roaring twenties again, and Cape Town hailing pianist and singer-songwriter Fay Lamour has just dropped a curiously retro-futuristic EP, soaked in old school jazz tendencies and propelling synth alike.

It’s almost 100 years on and she has made the genre as relevant as ever.

Although the album art might hark a little more to the 1950s, there’s enough sonic leeway for things to go in either direction here. Its a sultry, sexy sort of sound – edged on breathy vocals and a defined piano backbone.

Think chiming percussion meets bulbous synth, floaty and liquid all at once. “Where and When” gradually get siphoned off until it becomes hidden behind a misty sonic haze. “Kiss me so softly,” she lilts in “In the Mood” – and for an act who supported The Medicine Dolls on tour last year, she is strikingly calm and fine tuned.

“Forty Second Street” is chiming and almost other-worldy. It could be your soundtrack for a walk in a city park; it’s retro and forward-thinking simultaneously – I’m not quite sure where they meet and that’s what I like.