Listen/review: Alejandra Ribera – Satellite

Words by Nick Mee. @Nickjmee

Over the past decade, Canada has become increasingly fertile ground for a band of rootsy musicians whose accessibility disguises their leftfield bent: Patrick Watson, Chilly Gonzales, Plants and Animals, Arcade Fire to call out just a few. Judging by the laidback beauty of ‘Satellite’, Alejandra Ribera is another on that cool Canuck roster. She is of Argentinian and Scottish descent; the humid swing of ‘Satellite’ bears greater traces of the former. Its shimmering country vibe is announced by a reverbed guitar that expands across a smokey jazz-bar groove littered with echoey piano, acting as a fine foil for Ribera’s charcoaled vocal. The singer has an artful delivery, too, her lyrical pacing concealing a few neat twists. She’ll be in the UK next month at the Servant Jazz Quarters, prior to the release of her first full-length, ‘La Boca’.

La Boca is out on 25 March on Jazz Village

See Alejandra Ribera live:

Tues 8 March: Servant Jazz Quarters, London N16