Young Hearts EP

by Nancy Wallace

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It's easy to get blasé about artists covering disco/pop/rock songs in a stripped down acoustic style, but when it's done well, it's a blinding concept. Nancy Wallace (joined here by violinist Jennymay Logan and The Ralfe Band's Stefan Melzak) has devoted her free time to coaxing the bruised acoustic heart from four disco/soul staples. Opening with a gorgeous take on Candi Station's 'Young Hearts Run Free', it's enough to fully expunge all memories of vodka&redbull drenched dance floors at 2am - turning it into a sweetly addictive composition that wouldn't look out of place in Hanne Hukkelberg's back-catalogue. Similarly the versions of The Spinners/Elton John 'Are You Ready For Love', Chic's 'At Last I'm Free' and Barry White's 'Your The First, The Last, My Everything' are given a new lease of life through airy and generous refits that firmly places the onus on the oddly melancholic vocals and utterly addictive melodies. Compulsive, feelgood listening.

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released January 1, 2005

Nancy Wallace - guitar, vocals, accordion
Jennymay Logan - violin
Stefan Melzak - drums and glockenspiel

Originally released on Spinney/Hungry Hill SLOPE003

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Nancy Wallace Montreal, Québec

English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and concertina player, currently located in Montreal, Canada.

"Long respected as one of the purest voices on the folk circuit, this recording fashions an amazing intimacy with her listener. A substantial debut. (****)" Mojo



" She certainly has every right to be talked about in the same breath as some of the traditional music greats." www.bbc.co.uk
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