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Becca Stevens : Regina !

mardi 23 mai 2017

Anteprima is very proud to introduce our new artist, Becca Stevens.

Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with Regina. Two years after her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, the American singer comes back with her first release on GroundUP Music, the original label created by Snarky Puppy’s leader, Michael League.

Produced by Troy Miller, Regina features creative and performance collaborations with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby. The album was recorded in several phases – in London with Miller, a second London session with Collier (a co-producer on the album along with Stevens and League), and alternating sessions with Miller and League in Brooklyn. During the Brooklyn sessions, Stevens reunited with her trusted band members ; Liam Robinson, Chris Tordini, and Jordan Perlson. Additional collaborations included Alan Hampton, Jo Lawry, and string arrangements by Nathan Schram with Hamilton Berry, and the award-winning Attacca Quartet.

Her first album recorded solely under her own name, « inspired by a desire to open the floodgates of artistic collaboration », successfully melts pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical and jazz. With Regina, Becca Stevens delivers a very personal album. « I feel like a painter finally painting her muse after a lifetime of painting landscapes and self-portraits.

« The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Perfect Animal, it is a fully realized, rapturous, meditation on queens in history, myth, litterature and her own fertile imagination : Regina is also Steven’s muse and alter ego. With help from co-producers Troy Miller (an outstanding drummer), musical wunderkind Jacob Collier and Snarky Puppy bassist/composer Michael League, Stevens has produced a complex, densely layered studio album with allusive songs that are alternately dreamy and spine-tingling. » Downbeat

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Downbeat 5*****

It’s a rich tapestry on which to work, and Stevens does so with aplomb, playing an array of stringed instruments, singing her own backing vocals, letting her luxurious voice curl around lyrics inspired by history and literature ; the single Queen Mab, a take on Shakespeare’s fairy midwife, is dizzying, ye olde fabulous." The Evening Standard, 4 star review, Regina, March 2017

For three albums Becca Stevens has fashioned an idiosyncratic, complex world which nods to mavericks such as Joanna newsom and Enya. On her fourth… she’s layered her vocals more than ever and covers Stevie Wonder’s As with the right balance of reverence and impishness......Throughout, Stevens pushes boundaries without losing her glee or discipline.” Q Magazine, 4 star review, Regina, March 2017

"Regina has an artistic, intellectual and feminist approach which reminds us very much of Tori Amos of whom Stevens admits to being a big fan. ...Majestic, delicate pop arrangements in perfect harmony with the royal theme." Rolling Stone France, 4.5 star review, Regina, June 2017

After opening for Snarky Puppy during their European tour, Becca Stevens will be on tour until the end of 2017

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