A Song a Day: ‘You Loved Me’

‘You Loved Me’ is a quintessential pop song with a traditional framework, which is juxtaposed against a very unconventional message Unlike ‘Until the Levee’ or ‘Before I Sleep’ there are no thumping EDM beats or over wrought production, just pure organic instrumentation; a piano, percussion and a smattering of acoustic guitar. The song is beautifully … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘You Loved Me’

A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

‘Sweet Love of Mine’ adds to the melting pot that is 'VENUS'. Gathering up the musical threads of Sade, London Grammar with elements of neo-soul and gospel into her hands, Joy Williams has created her own unique sound; soothing like a lullaby but also incredibly sensuous. “Oh my darling, sweet love of mine/ I’ll hold … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

A Song a Day: ‘One Day I Will’ – Word by Word, Step by Step

‘One Day I Will’ is the most sparse and naked song on the album both instrumentally and lyrically. Gone are the heavy beats and synths, and instead you are left with a beautiful yet heartbreaking jazz piano piece reminiscent of Joy’s early years, listening to the standards of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The arrangement … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘One Day I Will’ – Word by Word, Step by Step

A Song a Day: Before I Sleep – Crawling on Hands and Knees Through the Fire

On a purely personal note, ‘Before I Sleep’ is my most treasured track from 'VENUS', Joy Williams’ new release. It is the only song I have found myself singing in those quiet and solitary moments, which we all experience during our day. This particular line; “I carry my body across the frozen ground/ While the … Continue reading A Song a Day: Before I Sleep – Crawling on Hands and Knees Through the Fire