Lisa Ekdahl

"More Of The Good"

(Sony); (Pop)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Chances are you mightn’t have heard of her, but singer/songwriter Lisa Ekdahl has now released her 11th album and it’s a really lovely listen.

Extremely successful in her home, Sweden, and throughout Europe, her wistful, birdlike chirp has failed to wing its away across the oceans.

Sounding like a young Blossom Dearie, all wide eyed and innocent, she has pulled together some marvellously empathetic musicians – Ibrahim Maalouf’s trumpet solo on I Know You Love me is just sublime – and has created a set of resonant, poetic songs that bubble along like butterflies on the breeze.

Whether she sings about her pride in womanhood (Sweet Feeling Of Freedom) or the all -encompassing nature of love (The Moon Cannot Be Stolen), she has a way of drawing you in as if availing you of some precious secret.

Crossing a casual line between jazz, pop and folk, this album is an effortless listen.

The numbers range from the plaintive to the sprightly and they’re performed with an infectious joy which makes you want to spin the tunes again and again.

As the title suggests, this song bird is interested in singing to make the listener happy, to uplift and enrich, which is something she does with natural ease.

If you like it, check out her back catalogue – there’s lots to discover.

Warm.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.