Exposé Online banner

Tessa Drummond — Days Like This
(Ray 3447907900, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01

Days Like This Cover art

One of the great things about writing reviews for this magazine is that unexpected things drop in your lap. Case in point, Tessa Drummond. She’s a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who somehow ended up recording her debut in Italy. Obviously, singer-songwriters are a little outside our normal purview, but well within my personal interest. Plus, most of the music I’ve heard that originated in New Zealand was enjoyable. Tessa Drummond is no exception to that trend. First of all, I love her voice. It’s a bit quirky, and doesn’t particularly remind me of any other singer. Second, the production is quite nice, with very tasty electronic touches. Maybe they’re the kind of sounds that will sound “so early 00’s” in a decade’s time, and certainly other singer-songwriters have dabbled with the idea, from Dar Williams to Patty Larkin and many more. But this album seems to me to sound extraordinary, filtering in a taste of trip-hop and tons of atmosphere. She evens goes for a pretty noisy sound on “Sold” with distorted vocals, heavy guitars, and insistent drumming. All around a lovely album which is worthy of the same kind of attention that K.T. Tunstall has garnered this year – not to take anything from Tunstall, whom I also like a lot. A female singer-songwriter that won’t put you to sleep is a good thing.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Tessa Drummond

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tom Heasley - Desert Tryptich – On his previous recordings Where the Earth Meets the Sky and On the Sensations of Tone (reviewed in #23 and #26 respectively), Heasley’s floating ambient epics were created with the tuba as the...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues