Chantal Claret has been involved with music for most of her adult life, from promoting to performing and everything in between. She was the singer-songwriter for Morningwood, a alternative rock outfit, and more recently, a solo artist. Her sound is best described as soul-tinged rock and roll, with a touch of girl-group rockabilly. Her voice is powerful and lush, and she puts on one of the best live shows around.
As a solo artist, Chantal has put out an EP The Pleasure Seeker and a full-length album The One The Only. Recently she turned to Pledge Music to fund her newest EP, No Good Way To Die.
My biggest problem with No Good Way To Die is that I wanted more. Three songs (four if you get the vinyl) is not enough Chantal for me. The EP starts off with the title song, with a funky riff that’s reminiscent of classic surf rock. Burn It Down is percussion-driven tune, fast and loud. And Once You Break A Man is a perfect throwback to the heyday of 60’s and 70’s rock.
Chantal’s voice is perfect for these songs, strong with more than a bit of sass that makes you want to get up and dance. The lyrics are well suited to the music, clever turns of phrase like “Ticking like a diabolic time bomb about to lose control” from Burn It Down. There’s a lot of energy to the songs, and it makes me really hope I’ll get to see this songs played live.
I’ve compared Chantal to Tina Turner before, and the comparison still holds true. She rocks these songs like the fantastic performer she is.
Standout tracks: all of them
3 tracks (4 on vinyl), 8:37
Released September 11, 2014 (vinyl with bonus track will be released later)
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)