Jazz Pop with attitude.Read More
Meet Raphaelle, one of the most alluring talents to develop out of the New York City music scene in years. Coming to us from Paris, by way of Texas, Raphaelle is stamping her place as a young artist with an old music soul. Her talents as both musician and songwriter are surpassed only by her expansive and unique voice. Evoking the haunting voices of Etta James and Nina Simone, Raphaelle emerges as a fresh new face with a modern approach to a classic sound.Read More
Meet Raphaelle, one of the most alluring talents to develop out of the New York City music scene in years.
Today, she drops her video for “No More Pillow Talk,” a moody, black-and-white visual that captures failed romance thanks two actors in an empty theater, told in a story through Raphaelle’s emotive voice. As the song and video progresses, you’ll hang on to Raphaelle’s every note.
The NYC singer calls Etta James and Nina Simone inspirations, and it’s clear to hear in her music.
“The one common thing everyone can relate to is real raw emotion and I want to share that,” she tells Pigeons And Planes for the video’s premiere.
I think she succeeded!Read More
aphaelle is a great discovery. The young and talented singer/songwriter who's got grounds in multiple cities such as Paris and Texas, has been bringing life to the New York City music scene at the moment. She can make a sea full of emerging artists question their careers, as you realize how outstanding her talent is, as a classic modern day well-rounded artist.
She actually knows how to use her voice in ways that no other amateur would know how to. For a young artist who is breaking through the scene, her voice is reminiscent of an old soul, which would make you wonder where she was hiding this whole time. Evoking the haunting voices of Etta James and Nina Simone, Raphaelle emerges as a fresh new face with a modern approach to a classic sound.
In support of her debut EP, Postmodern on iTunes next month, the sultry singer has released two original tracks with videos to accompany the releases. Watch the moody, lamenting "No More Pillow Talk" above, and enjoy the cheery, upbeat "Simple Things" below :Read More
Oscar Wilde once said that "The heart was made to be broken." I'm not sure why so many people gravitate towards songs about heartbreak — maybe it's the familiarity, the notion of misery loving company, or of the pain sounding so damn good.
On her debut EP, Post Modern, the 20 year-old singer/songwriter who goes by Raphaelle has a song called "I Was Insane," and it lulled me into my super-emo space, into the person I was in relationships past. Not Drake emo, mind you, more like Biggie Smalls listening to The Stylistics. This should make no sense for a happily married, new father — but, what can I say? I like the songs that make you remember those painful emotions. Though, what makes somebody want to write one of those?
"'I Was Insane' was inspired by a moment in my life where I had completely forgotten who I was — inside and out," says the vocalist born Alison Raphaelle Gieske in Paris, reared in Texas and now making her home in New York City. "I had not felt any emotion for over three years due to a painful experience that I went through, and one night all of my emotions and struggles collided and this song was born."
If Raphaelle was looking to set a mood of emotional turmoil, she most definitely succeeded. "I Was Insane" has a nostalgic vibe without feeling forced — which is no surprise given that, when asked of her musical inspirations, she comes up with "Etta James, Harry Nilsson, Carol King, and Pink Floyd."
I enjoyed how the tempo switched-up, and the way her voice rose to a crescendo, only to fall back into softness, felt very emotional. The line that jumps out at me like a Mac truck is, "I watched all the walls come down, right in front of my eyes"; it's incredibly resonant for those of us who thought we had a good thing, before it imploded. Heartbreak has a way of driving you to your wits' end and Raphaelle captures that. Cheers to no longer being insane; and if you're going through heartbreak, don't worry it gets better.
Post Modern EP is out on March 25 on ReMi Music.Read More
Raphaelle brings her soulful vocals to the studio in the video for "Simple Things." The NYC singer by way of Texas has been building up her musical rep over the last few years. That's fully displayed here as Raphaelle visits the studio and jams with fellow musicians for a special performance of her latest record.
The concept behind the song offers a refreshing take, and it's one listeners can appreciate in 2016. "Our generation is consumed by a virtual world," Raphaelle told us over email. "We have lost touch with reality and what it truly means to enjoy the simple things."
Check out Raphaelle's cheery visual for "Simple Things" above, and be on the lookout for her Postmodern EP, which comes next month. If you haven't already, watch her video for "No More Pillow Talk" here. You can keep up with the singer by visiting her official website and following her on Twitter.Read More