Strawberry Fields Forever

by Daria

Release Date April 16, 2016

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"Daria successfully reinvents 10 Lennon-McCartney standards for the jazz idiom. ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ The arrangement uses chords that pull the melody in unexpected directions, while Daria’s phrasing (on this song and throughout the album) is marked by unusual hesitations that give a new perspective to the lyrics. When she purrs, ‘You can knit a sweater by the fireside,’ she makes it sound like a sensual delight. ‘Come Together’ gets a samba accent, with subtle percussion and Wes Montgomery-like guitar fills supporting a vocal that slips and slides up and down the singer’s impressive range..The stand out track is ‘Bird Medley,’ Bevan’s minimal acoustic bass introduces Daria’s poignant vocal as she slides up to a near falsetto that intensifies the longing ache at the heart of the song. Her scatted vocal embroiders the melody of ‘Icarus.’ Jonathan Alford comes in to take a mellow solo on the Fender Rhodes before gliding into straightforward rendition of ‘Bye-Bye Blackbird.’ And the arrangement closes with the band and Daria interposing the melodies of ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Bye-Bye Blackbird.’”