LOOKING INTO HISTORY: Singer Gyan is coming to the Sunshine Coast early next month.
LOOKING INTO HISTORY: Singer Gyan is coming to the Sunshine Coast early next month. CONTRIBUTED

Gyan revisits the classics

GYAN channels the singers and composers she has always admired in her latest album This Girl's In Love.

And the Byron Bay-based singer will make a stop at Nambour early next month on her roadtrip in support of the album release.

The collection features classic and less-familiar love songs plucked from the songbooks of great composers from Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini to John Lennon and Tom Waits.

Focus tracks are Johnny Guitar by Peggy Lee/Victor Young, Tumbleweed by Neil Young and a pared-back version of her 1989 hit single, Wait, the only original song to appear.

"It was a strange kind of education, singing someone else's material, putting on their masterful jackets," Gyan said.

"But songs we remembered fondly turned out to be bombastic when we revisited them, so we've made the production of This Girl's In Love come from the place where we live now artistically.

"There's a dream-like quality to our approach to going back in time."

Gyan ran a successful crowdfunder in 2014 to record This Girl's in Love, which she co-produced with her partner, musician and arranger Simon Greaves.

They recorded and mixed it in their Byron Bay studio.

The album features a stellar roll-call of jazz and classical players, including a string ensemble (Veronique Serret, Cleis Pearce, Bridget Crouch and Tara-Lee Byrne), brass and woodwind (John Hoffman, Nicole Tait, Jeff Mead and Peter Kaldor), drums (Simon Barker), double bass (Thierry Fossemalle) and piano (Alan Park and Tim Sponder).

This Girl's In Love is Gyan's first release since Superfragilistically (2010), an album of original songs.

Gyan plays The Bison Bar in C-Square, Nambour, on August 5.

Visit https://trybooking.com/LJGL for tickets.

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