Mind How You Go
The former vocalist for the group Morcheeba, the London born Skye
Edwards, has her first solo album out. After Morcheeba's fourth album
came out in 2002, the group decided to go on a hiatus, so Skye started
contemplating her own record apart from the band. Meanwhile, the other
members of Morcheeba decided to move on without Skye and sought out a
new vocalist. Skye has turned out to have a bit of a laugh on her
former bandmates, as she has turned out the superior album following
Skye wasn't primarily a songwriter within Morcheeba (she was often
given songwriting credit in the band for making the lyrics fit the
music written by her partners), although she was writing her own songs
on guitar long before joining the group. She studied some albums of
Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to broaden her perspective in songwriting.
The album's first single "What's Wrong With Me" was one song that she
wrote inspired by the complex song structures of artists like Joni
Mitchell. Skye says she kept asking her producer "Where's the chorus?"
and needed to be reassured that she didn't need a traditional chorus.
While Skye's songs don't reach the level of her inspirations, she does
achieve a marvelous blend of ethereal, melodic pop and chill-out
groove. Skye's vocals are arranged beautifully, from the hypnotic,
layered trip-folk of "Solitary" to the memorable acapella final song,
There's a terrific song near the end of the album called "Powerful,"
in which Skye could well be referring to her departure from Morcheeba
and her embarking on this new solo chapter in her career. "Cause I'm
ready to fly, I've gotta spread my wings," she sings. "Can you feel me
now, powerful? Do ya hear me now?"
Powerful, indeed--both her voice, as well as the strength of her debut