Black Sesame

Black Sesame

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Australian-born Black Sesame is currently based in Europe. "Fusing elements of rock and jazz, electro and acoustic, with lyrics steeped in poetry..."

Biography

Fusing elements of rock and jazz, electro and acoustic, with lyrics steeped in poetry, the music that vocalist/violinist Melissa Cox makes as Black Sesame has drawn comparisons to artists as diverse as Björk and Leonard Cohen. There is an underlying jazz influence - unsurprising considering Melissa has performed internationally as a jazz artist, most recently touring China. But as Black Sesame, it’s a darker palette that inspires her writing; a night rainbow of colours and sounds, at once modern and timeless, intimate and compelling.

In August 2007 she launched her evocative debut album, “brink”, which has been described as:

“Stunning.”—Zan Rowe, JJJ
“Chilled, creative...hopefully a sign of things to come.”—mX album review
“Brilliant. ... I love the album.”—John Carver, 3PBS FM
“...an amazing piece of work."—Bob Tissot, 2NIM FM
“...highly innovative."—Tony Bates, 3CH FM
“Tres fresh... gorgeous work.”—Deepchild
“Gorgeous compositions and a voice to match.”—Inga Liljeström

Lyrics

Angel Songs

Written By: Melissa Cox

Where is peace?
Where is rest?
Melodies
dreams suggest.

Close your eyes;
leave this room.
In your dreams
lilies bloom.

I'll paint as you go;
my brush is my bow.
Music will bear you home.

Angel songs
never cease.
Peace in dreams,
rest in peace;
rest in peace;
rest in peace.

Many

Written By: Melissa Cox

Many are the leaves that fall
and many are their colours;
and she who would name them all
is playing a game
she will lose.

Many are the roads that wind
from this day to another;
and who is obsessed to find
the way that is best
never moves.

As the options explode
the future implodes,
each new iteration
smells of annihilation

You’ve got to break out of this holding pattern
Scream until the windows shatter
Close your eyes as the shards descend
And wait for the end...
It’s all that matters.

Many are the hearts that cry,
“Enough! More is less!”
And many are the souls that die,
snuffed by excess

And as your options explode
Your future implodes
One more iteration
Spells your annihilation

You’ve got to break out of this holding pattern
Scream until the windows shatter
Close your eyes as the shards descend
And wait for the silence that signals the end...

Break out
Scream
Close your eyes
And wait for the end...
It’s all that matters.

Someone new

Written By: Melissa Cox

So now it’s someone new.
I guess it’s time
to gather up what’s mine
and clear the rest away.
I know it’s overdue;
the band has gone
and still I’ve lingered on
wanting them to play another song
of another day.
But now, why would I stay?

He’s gone –
the man I lost myself to find.
He’s gone –
he’s just a shadow in my mind.
He’s gone –
behind your eyes is someone I don’t recognise
and when I’m looking now at you
I’m seeing someone new.

I had forever in my eyes.
It’s funny now –
funny how we lead ourselves astray.
There’s truth and there are lies,
and in between
is what we really mean and never say.
I chose to love,
love chose to leave.
and now
what do I choose to believe?

He’s gone...

Discography

"Brink" - 2007 [distributed by Green Media]. Debut album.

"A new entity - first anniversary compilation" - 2008 [multiple artists]

Since its release in August 2007, every track on "brink" has received airplay within Australia.

The single "Angel songs" has not only received national radioplay but was also picked up for use as a backing track on national television programme, "Hack".

Set List

Black Sesame FULL BAND:
One or two sets, around two hours total.

Combination of Black Sesame DUO followed by Black Sesame FULL BAND also possible.

Songs selected from the following Black Sesame originals: Angel songs, Always the same, The Flower, Belligerence (The Fish Song), Here in your arms, Whispers, Engage me, Many, I know, Scribble, Hold on, Boxing gloves, Fly, Someone new, Esha Ness, Quand je serai grande, Gin, Six feet under, Telegraph poles, Prévert.
May include one or two covers: Goodbye so long (Tom Waits), Little Jack Frost (Kate Rusby).

Black Sesame DUO:
One or two sets, around 90 minutes total.