Artist info

Genre

Indie, Electronic


Sounds like

Goldfrapp, Hanne Hukkelberg


band members

Melissa Cox - vocals, violin Brendan Woithe - programming Cameron Deyell - guitar Cameron Undy - electric bass Phil Stack - acoustic bass Evan Mannell - drums


Bio

Black Sesame is vocalist, violinist, songwriter and ex-mathematician, Melissa Cox. Melissa first began writing songs while she was supposed to be writing her PhD thesis; her supervisor pretended not to notice. She continued to write songs after she had (finally) finished her thesis and begun studying jazz performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; her composition teacher nodded approvingly. So the music drowned out the maths, and now, as Black Sesame, Melissa has completed her debut album, “brink”, which she expects will be released before the end of 2006. “brink” paints landscapes of many colours. The jazz influence is present but understated; probably inevitable considering Melissa has performed internationally as a jazz artist (most recently in Japan and China). But as Black Sesame, it's a darker palette that colours her writing, a palette accrued over years of winters in different cities: stark Edinburgh blue, inner-west Sydney grey, pulsating Bristol black... Outside Black Sesame, violinist-Melissa has performed and recorded with Jenny Morris (NZ), Afro Moses O'Jah (Ghana) and Dominique Fraissard (Australia), with whom she has supported Australian bands such as The Waifs and John Butler Trio.

Review

Reviewed by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

17 Jul 2007

Triple J
50

This is a great song. Sexy, delicate and really warm. The layering going on here is divine. Great work.

This is a great song. Sexy, delicate and really warm. The layering going on here is divine. Great work.

Review

Reviewed by Linda Marigliano Linda Marigliano

21 Aug 2007

Triple J
40

4 and a half stars actually. This is beautiful and understated. The organic sounds in this song make me feel like I'm listening to a soundtrack made by a group of forest nymphs. Delicate layers, well structured progress and those lingering vocals make this a great little find!

4 and a half stars actually. This is beautiful and understated. The organic sounds in this song make me feel like I'm listening to a soundtrack made by a group of forest nymphs. Delicate layers, well structured progress and those lingering vocals make this a great little find!