Isolde Lasoen | Oh Dear Review
by Bea Willis
Isolde Lasoen is a vocalist, songwriter, drummer with the band DAAN, TV personality, and front-woman of her own band, whose career takes a new turn with her brand new and ambitious album Oh Dear. Lasoen says, “This is 100% what I want; this record is 100% ME.” The album’s 10 tracks have influences from jazz, melancholic folk, groovy pop, and everything in between. The songs flow with a cinematic feel and evoke the obscure baroque pop of David Axelrod, imbued with a hint of indie à la Goldfrapp, Air, or Sebastien Tellier. Lasoen wrote the material for Oh Dear all by herself, building every song from the drums, vibraphone, and her own voice as an instrument, which has become a signature sound and forms layered melodic lines that often define the hooks of the songs.
Lasoen’s bold approach includes vocal selections and lush instrumentals like “Bed & Breakfast.” With an undeniable French influence, Lasoen creates a song of hues and textures. The lead is whistled as the waltz time has elements of jazz. Jo Hermans takes a musical trumpet solo, giving another jazz element. Lasoen’s drumming is based on groove, as she is nimble and encouraging on the set.
Producer Tobie Speleman and Lasoen worked hard to perfect the sound of the drums, the driving force behind the music on Oh Dear. Wietse Meys wrote the sublime arrangements for strings and horns, and for the album’s recording sessions, Isolde could rely on her beloved and talented musicians. A gorgeous example of this is the symphonic “Douce Mélancolie.” The male/female vocals are rich, with the music having many feels and orchestrations.
Oh Dear is a creative project for music fans that appreciate different music but demands high fidelity, strong compositions, and unusual instrumentation. Oh Dear provides the before-mentioned qualities and more. Step into the musical world of Isolde Lasoen; you will not be able to escape her charm.
Release Date: March 8, 2023
Label: Mayway Records
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.