Teresa Jenee – Electric Yellow

St. Louis’ Teresa Jenee offers her third project Electric Yellow, following up Teresajenee EP (2008) and The Ecklectic (2009). The daughter of a singer/guitarist and a mother who was the lead singer of a 70s soul band, Jenee’s intro to music began early on. She plays four instruments: the piano, organ, clarinet, and drums, and her musical influence spans from Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, and Elton John to Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Kim Burrell.

She describes her music as “soulful, introspective, and refreshing,” and Electric Yellow fits that bill as an eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, electronica, and old school hip-hop. Poetic and lyrical in all aspects, the set begins with “Caviar Dreams” where she lists her goals, then introduces herself in the head-bobbing “Hi America.” The soothing and romantic “Cleopatra Love & War” precedes the jazz stylings of “Ode to October.” The musician then covers the gem “Kissing You,” originally by Des’ree. “Romeo + Juliet” takes the love story to a dance floor in 1985, and “Tahitian Vanilla” finds you vibing to her flow; it’s so chill as the song’s crisp chords ride out. Promises of a return grace the slow jam “Eroplane, and she flows on “Timber,” warning of the falling of a relationship.

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