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Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader whose new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. Tonight Mitra previews tracks from her forthcoming second album ‚ÄėLosing You‚Äô, with a limited-run FREE download ‚ÄėBaltimore Oriole / In The Pines / The Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man‚Äô produced by Ben ‚ÄėNostalgia 77‚Äô Lamdin.
A Time Out ‚ÄėCritics Choice‚Äô live act, Mitra‚Äôs original songs hold their own within a strong set of well-known standards and fresh reworkings of traditional numbers. With band-members including saxophonist James Allsopp, drummer Tim Giles and bassist Riaan Vosloo, the 7tet‚Äôs reworking of the classic standard ‚ÄėBaltimore Oriole‚Äô lets Mitra‚Äôs vocals weave effortlessly around the psychedelia-laced electric guitar of Rob Updegraff. Horn lines from Fulvio Sigurta underpin a solo of ruthless organ virtuosity from Ross Stanley. Alternate A-sides ‚ÄėIn The Pines‚Äô and ‚ÄėThe Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man‚Äô showcase a more intimate side to Mitra‚Äôs voice, with the Leadbelly murder-blues leading into a wryly upbeat original song with soul-piercing lyrics.
Recorded using vintage tape technology, the tracks are available to download free from Weds 3rd Sept 2014 for a limited time only via Impossible Ark‚Äôs Bandcamp page until the vinyl 12-inch release of Mitra‚Äôs second album for Impossible Ark, scheduled for November 2014.
‚ÄúMitra has a really fresh-sounding voice: a great night‚ÄĚ The Sunday Times
‚ÄúEspecially talented‚ÄĚ The Daily Telegraph
‚ÄúWhen I heard the album, I immediately became a fan of her voice… Absolutely brilliant.‚ÄĚ Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
‚ÄúHer skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through‚ÄĚ Mercury Prize Recommends
‚ÄúI love her voice… I love her Englishness.‚ÄĚ Gilles Peterson