In one 5-song EP, Vancouver’s Eva Schubert manages to encompass a range of genre and emotional shifts, wrapping them in a cloak of nostalgic jazz.
It might be Schubert’s vocals that capture immediate attention, but the symbiotic nature of these songs are what make them last. Recorded with the musicians live in the studio together, Hot Damn Romance brings the aliveness and versatility of jazz to the forefront.
The first track is a pick-me-up song about reflection and changing for the better as we move through the world. “Flyin High” calls for big dreams and believes in their power. Shifting the tone, “Brawler” is a sassy narrative piece with a darker mood. There is an addictive quality to the atmosphere created that lingers through the horn-fuelled “Hot Damn Romance” and the flare of the electric guitar on “Sweet Man”.
“Hot Damn Romance” lives up to its role as the titular track, pulling from understatement until it bursts with a celebratory rhythm. Closing the EP, “Water” changes the tone once again, moving from the classic jazz sound to something that embraces ambiance wholeheartedly. There is a twisting sense of magic here. The tone juxtaposes the mid-morning joy of “Flyin High” to make something much more suited for the fall of night.
Eva Schubert holds dear the power of jazz as it should be played, but is not afraid to give pieces of herself to her music. The result is this short collection of compelling tracks. To hear more from Eva Schubert, you can find her on her website, SoundCloud, and Facebook page. You can also follow the artist on Twitter.