Monique diMattina

Monique diMattina

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Multi-award winning Jazz/Pop chanteuse on the rise with scary piano chops and dead on lyrics. Stylistically out of country blues and early new orleans jazz, with a knack for making old grooves new again. Has been likened to Rickie Lee Joes, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, Sophia Loren..

Biography

Monique diMattina, Fulbright scholar come Singer/Songwriter launches her second album - Welcome Stranger.

Known for exquisite piano stylings ('Senses' 2009 enjoyed extensive ABC and BBC airplay), diMattina glides for the first time into the Jazz/Pop territory of her teen idol Rickie Lee Jones in this impressive release. Musical collaborators include guitar and bass virtuosi Doug de Vries, Sam Lemann and Ben Robertson, Steve Grant (C.W.Stoneking - accordion/trumpet) and perennial bluesman Andrew Swann on drums/guitars.

No stranger to songwriting or singing, diMattina returned to Melbourne to record Welcome Stranger following several years working in New York City, with artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Bjork and the bands of Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega and Norah Jones.

Welcome Stranger pays homage to diMattina's hometown Melbourne, humour and pathos gloriously entwining in songs such as the blues-hip 'Livingest Place' ("the weather man tries but he really doesn't know") sardonic 'Joan of Burwood' ("all she ever does is burn the steak..") and includes one cover - compatriat Paul Kelly's 'Dumb Things'. 

Stylistically Welcome Stranger's catchy grooves draw from lyrical country blues and New Orleans roots. Fans of the solo piano album Senses will recognise the characteristic diMattina elegance and mystic serenity, which national audiences can look forward to enjoying soon - extensive touring is planned in early 2011. Welcome Stranger is out on Head Records (www.HeadRecords.com/WelcomeStranger)

Lyrics

Lunar Lady

Written By: Monique diMattina

Lunar Lady oh so bright, be my wishing well tonight
I'll go fishing with my kite if you'll shine for me

Lady whisper in the wind, starry siren songs of yin
Call the tide to come on in and shine for me

Thunder, old man's cough – shake the earth, scare me off
Hear you weepin' up above, cryin' to the sea

Lunar Lady oh so high, when I die to you I'll fly
Be the air that holds you tight as you shine for me

Too Far Gone

Written By: Monique diMattina

The sun ain't yellow it's chicken he says
Petty little quarrels they run roun' my head
Keep comin' back to the way we met
You know we're too far gone

The sign on my door it says back in five
You walk right in this little soul dive of mine
What makes you think you're the one for me?
I say yeah, yeah, yeah

Baby we're on
A one way street
Still tryin' to find our way
Too far gone, for thinkin' 'bout another
We fuss n fight anyway
We're carryin' on
Until we're beat
You can't win if you don't play
'Coz babe we're too far gone
For love to lose it's way

There's twenty million dollars ridin' on a white horse
The bankers and the taxman they're headin' for the course
They say 'Come on get in - what's the matter with you?'
I don't care, no, no

He says we're not really here we're just
Passin' through space
So pick up your clothes
'Coz it's not just your place
You hold my hand and it
Feels so fine
I say yeah, yeah, yeah

Baby we're on
A one way street
Still tryin' to find our way
Too far gone, for thinkin' 'bout another
We fuss n fight anyway
We're carryin' on
Until we're beat
You can't win if you don't play
'Coz babe we're too far gone
For love to lose it's way

This wouldn't be a real love story
Without the part about inadequacy
One and one can make thirteen
Babe when you're too far gone
You know there's love and there's habit
And there's in-between
But we still duck down the alley
Where we can't be seen
Babe 'coz we're too far gone
Too far gone for love
You know we're too far gone for love to lose it's way

Too far gone
For love..

Livingest Place

Written By: Monique diMattina

Way down south where the wattle trees grow
Weather man tries but he really doesn't know
There's a dark little alley down a city street
Where you dine real fine and it ain't too steep

So get dressed down we'll do the pub crawl
Melbin town is the livingest place of all

We got all kinds of faith, religion too
Black yellow brown red white and blue
Could be the colour of your club or the colour of your skin
Y'all find a way just to fit right in

So get dressed down we'll do the pub crawl
Melbin town is the livingest place of all

I been to places with a buzz in the air
There's a town further north has got pretty blonde hair
But if you want to hear music in the streets
I know a place here we all can meet
So get dressed down we'll do the pub crawl
Melbin town is the livingest place of all

Moonshine

Written By: Monique diMattina

Back in the moonshine, moonshine so sweet
You know you're gonna have a good time
When you can't stay on your feet

One two slip through the crack, how'd you do that?
Four five and here's a cosy dive to sit and chew fat
In the moonshine - on the funny side of the street
Tell ya you'll be kissin' everyone that you meet

Back in the moonshine, honey where the lights are red
Come on and strike that bed light
'Coz you can sleep all night when you're dead

Uptown, downtown, where'd you go spinning roun'?
Come on back and take a shot before you fall flat,
In the moonshine, on the funny side of the street
Tell ya you'll be kissin' everyone that you meet..

Say My Name

Written By: Monique diMattina

When I grow older
Will you still smolder in-
-side while I ride the train
in costume and perfume?

And if we marry,
shall we still tarry on the
Phone while I smile all alone
to hear on your

Lips -
A treasure gently kissed
A delicacy dished
And the very first on your list -

I -I-I-I-I-I-I-I-Iove the way
I l-l-l-l-l-l-love the way you say my name

Will we go dancing,
leap in abandon to the
Love in the room
when we all know the tune?

And if you scold me,
will you still hold me like a
Straw-ber-ry
ready to be passed across your -

Lips -
A treasure gently kissed
A delicacy dished
And the very first on your list - I

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-Iove the way you say my
Na-a-a-a-a-ame, baby you know
I -I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I love the way you say my
Na-a-a-a-a-ame - the way you say my name

Safe in your mouth every time it comes out
Is this what love's about for when
you call it sounds like this

A treasure gently kissed
True and holy tryst
And the very first on your list - I

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-Iove the way you say my
Na-a-a-a-a-ame, baby you know
I -I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I love the way you say my
Na-a-a-a-a-ame - the way you say my name

Discography

2010 'WELCOME STRANGER'
Head Records - www.HeadRecords.com/WelcomeStranger

2009 'SENSES'
Dreams for solo piano

Previous releases on Elwood Records
'Live@JZ' - recorded at JZ Jazz Club, Hangzhou China
'South Side Six' - New Orleans revival
'Live at the 55 Bar' - recorded at the 55 Bar NYC

Available at http://cdbaby.com/all/mondim