7 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Melanie De Biasio has been called the Billie Holiday of Belgium. Yet a quick survey of the singer’s second album (and first in seven years) reveals that comparison to be a stylistic leap—there aren't the type of blues tunes or conventional jazz arrangements that made up much of Holiday’s material beyond “Strange Fruit.” Instead, this slow, careful music has a dark, mysterious sound that recalls Portishead’s menace and This Mortal Coil’s ambient grandeur. De Biasio plays the femme fatale whose cool and hypnotic vocal delivery isn't unlike Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone—she wonderfully covers the latter's “I’m Gonna Leave You”—where vocal trills and inflection carry as much impact as the words themselves. She's at her finest on “The Flow” and the title track, whose final instrumental run-out only adds to the song’s impact. “With All My Love” slows the tempo to a glacial pace as eerie electronics add much drama to this unsettling finale. An album clocking in at only 33 minutes, No Deal is a work wholly realized in its dark, textured vision.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Melanie De Biasio has been called the Billie Holiday of Belgium. Yet a quick survey of the singer’s second album (and first in seven years) reveals that comparison to be a stylistic leap—there aren't the type of blues tunes or conventional jazz arrangements that made up much of Holiday’s material beyond “Strange Fruit.” Instead, this slow, careful music has a dark, mysterious sound that recalls Portishead’s menace and This Mortal Coil’s ambient grandeur. De Biasio plays the femme fatale whose cool and hypnotic vocal delivery isn't unlike Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone—she wonderfully covers the latter's “I’m Gonna Leave You”—where vocal trills and inflection carry as much impact as the words themselves. She's at her finest on “The Flow” and the title track, whose final instrumental run-out only adds to the song’s impact. “With All My Love” slows the tempo to a glacial pace as eerie electronics add much drama to this unsettling finale. An album clocking in at only 33 minutes, No Deal is a work wholly realized in its dark, textured vision.

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5:21
4:02
2:51
6:33
4:26
8:24

About Melanie De Biasio

Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian vocalist who mixes jazz, blues, and soul. Born in Charleroi, Belgium in 1978, De Biasio studied classical dance and flute before discovering her love of singing. She studied music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and the Brussels Conservatory. De Biasio released her debut album, A Stomach Is Burning, in 2007. In 2013, she returned on PIAS with No Deal, an album that reached number five on Belgium's Ultratop chart and earned her a 2015 European Border Breakers Award. The release was also strongly supported in the U.K. by BBC DJ Gilles Peterson, who had the singer perform at his 2015 Worldwide Awards ceremony. Peterson helped put together No Deal Remixed, issued on PIAS in February 2015. Contributors included Eels, Seven Davis, Jr. and Cinematic Orchestra. De Biasio followed this up with the aural odyssey Blackened Cities on Play It Again Sam in May 2016. The EP consisted of a single 24-minute suite-like track inspired by her travels through post-industrial environs such as Charleroi, Manchester, and Detroit. The composition provocatively explores European jazz, noir-ish soul, avant pop, electro, trip-hop, and classical crossover. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Charleroi, Belgium
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • BORN
    February 12, 1978

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