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"New Blood: Rebekah Delgado"

On the verge of releasing her debut EP ‘Sing You Through The Storm’, an uplifting anthem written for a friend going through hard times that is guaranteed to get the lighters waving, Rebekah Delgado is no stranger to the indie rock scene. The Camden based singer/songwriter was previously the front woman for both angular art rockers Ciccone and the dark post punk outfit The Last Army, a band that not only received support from 6music and BBC London but also boasted ex Sham 69er Jimmy Pursey amongst their fans.
After the Last Army broke up Rebekah took the brave decision to break free from the shackles of a band and pursue a solo career, ‘I didn’t realise it at the time, but the bands I’ve been in, though I loved them, were often actually quite constrictive. Obviously there’s the freedom of the spotlight not being so much on you, but whether it was egos or trained musicians vs a self-taught instinctive one (i.e. me)… I definitely didn’t have the belief in myself to push myself forward’ Says Rebekah of life without a band around her ‘not having a band has been really liberating.’ Not least with the music: ‘It’s much darker. I’ve been going that way for a while now. That’s a going solo cliché but it’s true. You won’t hear that from the songs that are available to listen to at the moment (apart from ’Lamentine’) as I’ve put the most commercial ones out there for now. But the free EP in March will start giving a taster of what’s coming with the album. I’m also taking more of a risk lyrically as well – word playing more than before and wearing heart on sleeve in particular.’ The lyrics are indeed risky, or should I say risqué – amongst her canon of songs is ‘Ménage à Moi’, a charming little ditty about masturbation, or ‘lay rub-rub’ as Rebekah likes to put it. And then there’s the instruments; as well as the usual guitars and drums Rebekah introduces a saw, harmonium and cello to the mix.
Among her influences Rebekah counts Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, Serge Gainsbourg and Paco Ibañez, but multi-lingual Rebekah also mines her Spanish roots for her music, often singing in Spanish and French as well as English. So does she have a preference? ‘Yes! For some strange reason I prefer singing in French. I only learned it at school (and it’s definitely getting rusty) but am a pretty big francophile. I don’t know any French media though so just do it for myself, whereas when I sing in Spanish it gets heard in Spain (they know me quite well through touring and being on national radio there in the past). I love singing in Spanish too.’
Rebekah’s free debut EP ‘Sing You Through The Storm’ is released in March and her debut album, which she has co-produced with long-time friend and collaborator Micky Strickson hits the streets in October. In the meantime you can head over to http://www.rebekah-delgado.com where you can stream some songs and even grab you’re a free mp3. - Artrocker Magazine - March 2012


"Rebekah Delgado - Sing You Through The Storm [EP]"

After sneaking into Rough Trade without queuing on Record Store Day last year, my best friend and I attempted to browse through the cramped shelves; we left the ever increasing crowd and headed to one of South London's hidden gems – Rat Records, in Camberwell. It was as I was flicking through their hip-hop section (yes really), that I was stopped by a voice, singing beautifully in Spanish filling the tiny shop; the voice, belonged to one Rebekah Delgado.

Sing You Through The Storm marks Delgado's first, and free, EP after touring the world including stops in Spain and Italy, garnering support wherever she goes. Sing You Through The Storm begins just with Delgado's vocal and a piano backing that evolves into so much more as the rousing final choruses kick in that embody feelings of late Summertime as Delgado is joined by a choir that perfectly captures the warm and sense of community that this track instils in the listener. Already a fan favourite when played in a live setting, there's no doubt that there'll be many a slightly inebriated sing-along to this track to come.

For all the light and happiness of the first track, 'Little Boy Blue' showcases the more sinister song writing ability on offer from Delgado. The guitar that drives the track is a musical outlet for the aggressive content of the lyrics like "little boy blue, was the devil" that are delivered by a persona that seems of no relation to the one on the previous track. Rebekah has roots in Spain, and 'Trying To Forget' is steeped in the musical styles of the country. Delgado's voice has echoes of Regina Spektor in that both artists can hold often quite raw emotions in their vocal delivery, not just simply relying on the content of their lyrics to tell their tales of love and loss.

Just when you think you may have got Rebekah Delgado all figured out, your ears are treated to a parting gift in the form of a Johnny Nothing remix of 'Dub Don't Sleep', which is a different beast entirely to anything from Sing You Through The Storm, it does not seem like a total departure from the heart of the EP, cancelling out any potential qualms that such a track would not be in keeping with the emotive vain the runs through. Johnny Nothing may have just created the dubstep equivalent of a power ballad.

Since that day in Camberwell, it's clear that Rebekah has been honing her writing ability, the result of which is a delightful EP that is a joy to listen to. My only complaint is that I find myself craving for more than just four tracks but I will just have to sit patiently; humming, in wait of a full length release in the future. - The 405


"Fresh Faves Batch 5"

REBEKAH DELGADO – Little Boy Blue
Dark & broody in its flavour that we found rather fetching. Like a female Nick Cave with a distant drum & guitar refrain echoing to the gravel tipped voice of Rebekah. Splendid. - Fresh On The Net (Tom Robinson - BBC 6 Music)


"Fresh Faves Batch 1"

REBEKAH DELGADO – Sing You Through The Storm
A highly popular choice among our fellow listeners here, and blimey – is that a musical saw we hear in the background? Love it when the massed choir comes in. This is the title track of an EP coming out on March 26th. Find Rebekah on her own dotcom website, Twitter and, inevitably, Facebook. - Fresh On The Net (Tom Robinson - BBC 6 Music)


"Reviews: Rebekah Delgado"

There is an interesting background to this, the debut solo EP by Rebekah Delgado.

Rebekah is the former frontperson of two Indie rock bands. The first was Ciccone, who were known as "the original kings of DIY "and once had single of the week on Radio 1.They made a well-received album called "Eversholt Street". Her next band was The Last Army but that did not last and Rebekah has now gone solo. She says that she needed to write personal songs and to "stop being scared of feeling vulnerable". She has toured frequently in Spain and went to Cadiz[she is half-Spanish] to get away from the "trend and trendiness of London".

Rebekah has been described as "the 24 carat goddess of infectious vocal melody "and that is certainly evident on this 4 track EP.

The title track "Sing You Through the Storm" starts off as an atmospheric piano ballad, complete with spooky musical saw, and then develops into a feel good, sing-a-long anthem with a catchy chorus [ "We All Break Sometimes, Yes We Do "] and cascading piano . It is certainly radio-friendly and deserves to be a hit!

Track 2, Little Boy Blue, is a slightly sinister song, with lyrics such as "Little Blue Owes the Devil Some Rent "and features more spooky noises [more saw?]. The third track "Tying To Forget "is a song about, well, trying to forget a former lover ["It's Been Five Months and a Day"] and she is "Rearranging Faces So They Look Like You "

The final track "Dub Don't Sleep [Johnny Nothing Remix ] "does what it says on the tin -it is an atmospheric dub track with snatches of vocals, percussion and violin . It is totally different from the other tracks but well worth a listen.

In conclusion, an excellent EP . The title track could, with favourable airplay, prove to be a hit, A full album is due out in October .

Peter Cowley - Fatea Magazine


"Rebekah Delgado launches ‘Sing You Through The Storm’ EP at The Lexington on March 23rd"

Melodramatic, piano pop artist Rebekah Delgado plays her EP Launch Show at The Lexington on 23rd March. It’s going to be a whole night of superb sounding dark and quirky lady-led music, with Rebekah being joined by I Am Harlequin (Radio 4 session and Radio Times feature last week) and Madam (recent Telegraph, Time Out and Guardian features).


Rebekah’s debut EP – Sing You Through The Storm – will be released on 26th March, and everyone at the gig will get a free early download of the EP. After playing a successful BBC Showcase gig earlier this week, she hopes for more attention in the coming months.

This is the culmination of a year of solid work and sleepless nights for chronic insomniac Rebekah. The Sing You Through The Storm EP will be released on 26th March marking the first release in the run up to the album, Don’t Sleep, in October. The EP is a showcase of Rebekah’s eclectic and intensely personal storytelling style – ranging from the uplifting and anthemic lead track (written for a friend suffering a breakdown), through the dark and sinister Little Boy Blue (a product of the half-waking nightmares which insomnia brings to her) to the haunting dub remix of the album’s title track. - God Is In The TV


"Read All About It: Rebekah Delgado"

Former Ciccone and The Last Army frontwoman Rebekah Delgado is going it alone to release her debut solo EP at the end of this month.

The Sing You Through The Storm EP features three tracks of charming, often anthemic pop, contrasted with an atmospheric dub cut to cleanse the musical palate right at the end. It’s an impressive collection of songs from the Londoner, and even more amazingly, they will all be available to download for the grand sum of zero pence from Delgado’s website on March 26.

Delgado plans to follow up the record with another EP in June, then her debut album in October. You can listen to the title track of her Sing You Through The Storm EP below: - The Girls Are


"Songs To Learn And Sing – Rebekah Delgado, Strangers, Pale Seas,Paul Weller."

[Review of Little Boy Blue]

This track is from Rebekah’s début, solo, free to download 4 track EP. It’s an EP which showcases her eclectic style and if the EP’s sing-along title track ‘Sing You Through The Storm’, could be described as infused with redemptive hope, “Little Boy Blue,” is like the presage to the aforementioned storm. There’s a distinctly sinister atmosphere and dark undertone and it contains Rebekah’s trademark pull no punches lyrics such as “Little Boy Boy won’t let you escape, though its love that he feels, it felt like rape.”

The Ep is released on 26th March 2012 via Four In The Morning Records - The VPME


"DIGGITY DAMN GOOD TRACKS: Rebekah Delgado: Sing You Through The Storm"

Rebekah Delgado is a London based singer/songwriter and the title track off of her forthcoming EP Sing You Through The Storm has been striking a lot of right notes with me recently. I think the orchestration of this song is very smart. Straight ahead piano harmonies alongside a charming vocal melody and a singing saw lay down the ground work for this savvy and hook heavy pop tune. Ultimately, the song culminates with a sing-along of choristers, drums, acoustic guitar, playful piano arpeggios, and a horn section.

If this song catches you in the right mood, and with maybe a little bit of privacy, I'm confident that you'll be singing along before the final chorus is over. The EP will be available March 24, 2012 so keep in touch with this songstress via her webpage, twitter, and facebook. - Those Who Dig


"Heini: Rebekah Delgado - naisenergiaa Lontoon tyyliin"

[FINNISH REVIEW]
Jo kahdesti olen Lontoossa asuessani päätynyt loistavan laulaja-lauluntekijä Rebekah Delgadon keikalle. Ensimmäinen kohtaamisemme tapahtui muutamia viikkoja sitten Totally Acoustic -akustisen musiikin illassa. Tunteikkaan keikan intiimissä ilmapiirissä heittänyt Rebekah teki vaikutuksen ja ostin muutamalla hassulla punnalla artistin uuden uutukaisen EP:n Sing You Through the Storm. EP:n mukana tullut mainoslehtinen ohjasi minut hänen seuraavalle keikalleen, joka pidettiin Pohjois-Lontoossa The Lexingtonissa viime perjantaina. Tällä kertaa pääsin kuuntelemaan Delgadoa yhtyeen kera -- johon olennaisena osana kuului muun muassa sahansoittaja.

Koska olen viime aikoina keskittynyt kuuntelemaan lähinnä naisartisteja, sopii Delgado tämänhetkiseen musiikiinnälkääni loistavasti. Kappaleet ovat kauniin Tori Amosmaisia, mutta niissä on enemmän särmää. Vaikka lyriikat ovat välillä hieman kliseisiä (tyyliin: "we all break sometimes / yes we do / we all break sometimes / but we get through / we all break sometimes and go through numb times / but these are our times / me and you"), jouduin ensimmäisellä kuuntelukerralla Totally Acoustic -illassa kuitenkin pyyhkimään silmäkulmiani esimerkkikappaleen jälkeen.


Mikäli taitavat, särmikkäät ja samaan aikaan herkät naislaulajat ovat sinun juttusi, suosittelen klikkailemaan alla olevia linkkejä ja tutustumaan Delgadon tuotantoon paremmin. Jos satut olemaan niin onnekas, että olet kaupungissa, jossa tämä karismaattinen taituri yhtyeineen esiintyy, suosittelen ehdottomasti keikalle menemistä, vaikka olisit epäileväinenkin musiikin suhteen.

Uskon ja toivon, että Rebekahista tullaan vielä kuulemaan suuremmankin yleisön keskuudessa. Sitä odotellessa täytyy ottaa kaikki irti Delgadon edullisista keikoista ja levyistä, niin kauan kuin niitä vielä riittää.

Tietoa artistista sekä tuotantoa kuunneltavissa Delgadon kotisivuilla.

Lataa Sing You Through The Storm EP ilmaiseksi. - Kersantti Pippuri


"Rebekah Delgado live @ The Lexington"

So thank any relevant deity for Rebekah Delgado, who was quite wonderful, and vastly better than both of the support acts. I must confess that before the gig, I'd heard very little of her music, although was well aware of her, thanks to knowing the female member of the "Drunk Choir" (backing vocalists) very well. So I thought I'd come along to the show, and I'm glad that I did.

The first breath of fresh air is that frankly, she is nowhere near as insular as so many other artists to have emerged from the Camden area, no British flag waving, no suggestion of purely British influences from the past. A point rammed home by the opening song being in at least three languages (I think I heard lyrics in both spanish and french, in addition to english), and helpfully some subtitles (on cards!) were supplied.

The string-accompanied songs are dramatic, and, it must be said, kinda slinky. Rebekah has looks that could be described as "elfin", and a gorgeous, smoky voice that lends an air of sensuality to songs that some other artists try hard to do and consistently fail. Some songs are rather more overt with this than others (Ménage a Moi, the next single, apparently, does this very well) than others, but those that hold something back, like the quite gloriously dark Lamentine, are just as great.

This show was a launch gig for her first EP, Sing You Through The Storm, and the title track from the EP ended the set. And I have to say, that it was for me the weakest song on show. Where she leaves behind the dark rooms and torch songs, and goes for a slow-burning anthem, that to me sounded a teeny bit contrived. It will certainly - or certainly should do - garner more attention to her work, and if it does that, fair enough, but I prefer the rest of the material on show.

Still, in these days where even the average singer is lauded and sell loads of records, Rebekah should be a shoo-in for success at some level. That's the hope, anyway - with a calibre of songs like this, the wider world is utterly clueless if they don't pick up on it.

Rebekah Delgado's Sing You Through The Storm EP is out on 26-March - A Model of Control


"Video Premiere: Rebekah Delgado / Sing You Through The Storm"

Check out this exclusive new video from songstress and New Blood featured artist Rebekah Delgado - taken from the Sing You Through The Storm EP - Artrocker


"Rebekah Delgado: Sing You Through The Storm"

With successful tours, radio and press support across the UK, Spain, Italy and America under her belt from days fronting post punk outfit ‘The Last Army’, Rebekah Delgado prepares to release her first solo work as a free to download 4 track EP. The record showcases a range of new sounds from singalong title track ‘Sing You Through The Storm’ to the moodier dub of ‘Don’t Sleep’ and shows a departure from her previous bands’ foundations by now being more word-driven and influenced more by her Spanish roots and Arabic leanings.

Sing You Through The Storm has already become a live favourite amongst fans who join in ever expanding numbers to sing along to it’s anthemic end, some even forming an extension to Rebekah’s live set up under the moniker of ‘The Drunk Choir’ (who also make a cameo towards the end of the song’s video). Live shows are often accompanied by a variety of other musicians, including musical saw, violin, harmonium, cello and drums. - AAA Music


"Playlist for The Big One"

I’ve been listening to Rebekah Delgado all afternoon. “We all break sometimes, yes we do, we all break sometimes, but we get through, we all break sometimes…” I love this song and I’m adding ‘Sing You Through The Storm’ to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One.
Rebekah writes and sings songs of hope, darkness and cheeky humour. Sing You Through The Storm is perfect for the emergency services – an anthem of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel; of success out of adversity.
It’s a song that sticks with you rather unexpectedly. It’s not particularly hooky or poppy but it sticks with you just the same. This song runs deep and resonates. Give a listen to the rest of Rebekah Delgado’s music catalogue and you’ll find yourself signing up for updates on her website and wondering when she’ll make it onto a stage on this side of the Big Pond. - Big Medicine


"Riding Through The Storm - Rebekah Delgado Interview"

If hard work, talent and passion for your craft were the sort of attributes big record labels valued when signing artists, then Rebekah Delgado would surely be doing that whole Jools Holland thing whilst being regularly play listed by radio stations the length and breadth of this sceptic isle. But the truth is even in the internet age, it can still be difficult to break through to the next level without a reasonable budget or the backing of the corporate big boys. Which is a bit shit really innit? But on the bright side, there have been many examples of hugely talented artists, who having been signed to a major label, have been re-packaged and shrink-wrapped into something that’s just bland and unchallenging enough to be successful. We’re sure should Ms Delgado achieve the degree of success her talent merits she wouldn’t allow her music to become a pale imitation of it’s former self .. of course it is possible to make a few bob and retain your artistic vision… but more often than not you have to fight for it and Rebekah is certainly a fighter.
After being the front woman in two much loved London bands Ciccone and The Last Army , Rebekah has decided to go solo, after all if a jobs worth doing …..
She’s currently working on her album ‘Don’t Sleep’ and judging by the tracks she’s made available such as ‘Sing You Through A Storm’ ‘ Lamentine’ and ‘Sunshine’ it’s safe to say her debut promises to be something very special indeed. Vocally at times Rebekah conjures up the spectre of a less imperious Nico , a more tuneful Marianne Faithful and delivers songs which whilst introspective are full of darkly joyous melodies. Combine that with a teasing wit and genuine passion it makes you once again believe that music isn’t a career choice, it’s a calling.
As we often do , we had a chat with Rebekah about going solo….
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VP: Hi Rebekah, after your previous band The Last Army appeared to slowly disintegrate you took yourself off to Cadiz. Was this the classic case of getting away to find yourself? To discover exactly what direction you wanted to take?
REBEKAH : Haha! Very insightful! Yes – I went away to come back, if that makes sense. I’d been working so hard for so long and had taken kick after kick after kick so I had to disappear. I ran away and stayed with family I’d never met before and not only did I find sleep there (which disappeared as soon as I got back to London), but I discovered the place I’m really from and got strong again. I walked by the sea for miles almost every night, staring at the big old moon until it told me it was time to go back across the Atlantic again.
VP : At that time did you ever consider quitting music?
REBEKAH : Before Spain, yes, briefly – but only very briefly, and only because I was completely broken. It’s a masochist’s life unless you have money, the right connections, LUCK (if such a thing exists), but it’s what I have to do because it’s who I am. There’s no choice there really and I’m a tenacious mo-fo.
I didn’t make a back-up plan as many people do (most of those seem to quit around the age of 26) – I didn’t give myself the option to fail. If I do, then at least my stupidity was wholehearted.
VP: After being in bands was going solo quite an intimidating affair? Do you feel more vulnerable without having that ‘gang’ mentality that can exist within close knit bands?
REBEKAH : I was terrified the first time I played alone. And the second time. And the third. I’m only just getting used to it now and yes, you do feel totally exposed. Quite a few of the songs I’m doing now are much more raw and I’ve no band to hide behind – so I’m opening myself up to being criticised on a personal level. Also, if you make a mistake you can’t look at one of your bandmates and tut, which used to be one of my favourite things to do.
The biggest pain with this solo thing is that YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE TALKING (this didn’t happen when blasting my punk-pop of yesteryear). I’ve been doing this a year now and I still find it totally off-putting. To me, it’s akin to them to them shouting “YOU’RE RUBBISH!!!” at me (even when there are lots of people gathered around and listening avidly), which is totally ridiculous because music taste is subjective, and anyway people like to catch up and natter. I’m training myself to not take it personally by imagining a naked man dancing in front of me at groin height pointing at me and taunting me with the wrongest insults to try get over distractions like that.
VP : Talking of going solo, one of the new songs – Ménage à Moi – may raise an eyebrow or two! Do you feel as a solo artist you can take more risks and put more of your personality, humour etc into each song, do you feel that you can write more freely without having to consider ‘the band’ as such?
REBEKAH : Not having to consider the rest of the band in terms of songwriting is brilliant, as long as you can stick to the same level of quality control and not go on an over-indulgent bender like so many female singer-songwriters do. And yes, my personality is totally coming out more now. Still not sure if that’s a good thing!
And with Ménage à Moi – I want some eyebrows raised! Also, some people have heard it and not understood what it’s about so it’s not totally in-your-face. It’s rude but it’s not rank. Turning Japanese and Orgasm Addict etc, all great tunes – and why should ladies not have a song celebrating their, ahem, ‘me-time’ too…
VP : So…. is the album recorded and ready for release? Would you describe your solo work as radically different from your previous work or more a natural progression? What can we expect?
REBEKAH : It’s difficult when you’re in the middle of it to see the differences but I guess my solo songs are more private and guttural. Also sweet sometimes and animalistic and honest I guess. I’ve also put a bit of the Arabic/Spanish influence in there too, which I’ve never done before. The instruments are pretty different too – saw, violin, cello and E-bow feature a lot but the swirling feedback-y guitar of some of TLA’s songs make appearances on the album aswell. And I’ll always have some pop in there of course.
We’re still finishing off the album – co-producing it in a bedroom. So it’s been a case of snatching hours here and there to get it done. We’ve actually got a whole week booked off soon to finish it off but that coincides with a gig so practices etc will eat into that time a bit. But soon it will be done and then we have to narrow it down from 16 songs to around 12, and find a way to master and find money for physical copies etc. But – one step at a time.
VP : What plans have you got for the rest of 2011? And more generally how’s the year been for you?
REBEKAH : The rest of 2011, I’m just going to carry on doing everything I can possibly do to get my music out there.
If you want the truth, so far 2011 has taken me to the edge a good many times. Some of it’s been happy but I’ve so much constant work to do that it’s just been draining and exasperating. Trying to do anything ambitious with no or little budget is killer. So that’s the answer to that question. There’s been fun in there too of course; I have the best friends. I’ve also now found the promo partner-in-crime I’ve been wishing for, who’s the best back-up ever. And, I say this tentatively – more of the right opportunities seem to be coming my way. So hopefully, looking back, I’ll just remember that progression-wise it’s been a great year and forget the dark bits.
VP: The other day, I was visiting my dear old mother, I flicked her TV on (she has ALL the cable channels) and there was an MTV style station which played auto tuned song after auto tuned song… It was like being in R’n’B chart hell…. This is a rather long winded way of asking you … what do you make of the current music scene?
REBEKAH : I don’t really listen to the current music scene because I don’t want it to affect me – I want to make music that’s a bit timeless somehow – though of course that’s impossible to do in its entirety. I do keep an eye on the mainstream a bit. I like Lady Gaga, I think she’s the best pop star since Madonna in the way she’s subverted the dead-eyed stripper roles of Britney Aguilera who preceded her and taken the power back in a weird kind of way. I like *some* dub-step but that’s been around in London for like 6 years or something now.
I’ll probably look back in the future and discover loads of music around now that I like. Pretty likely, that.
VP : Have you noticed the economic down turn/ swinging government cuts affecting turn outs at live music events down in London? What’s the live scene like down there at the moment?
REBEKAH : I haven’t noticed a difference but then I’ve never had the pennies to go to bigger gigs anyway. I’ve always been the guest-list-and-sneaking-your-own-booze-in lady. If you go back through history – times of recession tend to have a really positive effect on the art and music scenes of the time. From the 20s jazz era to the late 70s US/UK punk scenes – explosions and cross-fertilisations of different disciplines when generations are politicised (or the inevitable drip-feeding from that) have created great movements. But then playstations etc might have changed that. I guess time will tell.
VP: What have been the best albums you’ve heard this year?
REBEKAH : For the reasons above I don’t listen to that much current music. New acts I really like at the moment are O Children and Pris. I’ve also had ‘At Last’ by Micah P Hinson going round my head for ages now.
VP: Finally, five words to describe your music…
REBEKAH : Dark, uplifting, introspective, word-centric, pop. - The VPME


"Rebekah Delgado Live at Music Week Breakout"

Live review – Music Week Breakout @ Proud Gallery March 2011:“Those aware of Rebekah Delgado’s previous outfits will already know of her knack for writing hazardously catchy songs brimming with charm and incisive wit. Since going solo last year, she has taken this to new heights, crafting tunes that explore themes of fear, regret and desire as well as searching for hope and strength at the end of life’s bleakest tunnels. This, coupled with a self-deprecative and surreal sense of humour, is a tantalising mix.

Taking stage in one of Proud’s dimly lit stables, Rebekah provides respite from the commotion of the industry-based Music Week crowd. Backed by violins, saws and cellos, her husky London-esque growl weaves nursery rhymes laced with arsenic and disconcerting dreamscapes. “Vampires” – her future Swan Song – is a mighty, sighing acceptance of the inevitability of time and its decay; mesmerizing light-drenched lullaby “Sunrise” is a soothing elixir for any angst; whilst the delightfully gothic “Palabras Para Julia”, based on a poem by Juan Goytisolo, presents someone not afraid of defying the blokeish, rock n roll convention that would normally reject such intellectualism. “Trying To Forget You”, with its simplistic, longing chorus “….Still trying to forget you… it’s been five months and a day”, contrasts with the semi-sadistic line “How I love to see your prison”, then vacillates back to the tenderest half-whispered poem.

But be careful not let the strings or this intimate gorgeousness tempt you to idly box Rebekah in with female, “nu-folk” contemporaries. And don’t get too comfortable; the string arrangements make for an eerie, violent sound that is not too un-reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and Nico. Never straying from her DIY punk sentiments, her gig tonight features a masked assistant displaying translations of her lyrics on make-shift signs and the infamous “Drunk Choir” also make an appearance, resulting in the rest of the audience joining in the sing-along at the end of “Sing You Through The Storm.”

Thanks to her intensely personal, story-teller like presence, Delgado gives the kind of performance that lingers helplessly in your mind for weeks afterwards. Heart-felt but never soft, smart-as-a-whip but always accessible, Rebekah Delgado is quite simply unlike anything else out there. Currently working on the final stages of her first album, elegant word play, painfully honest introspection and lashings of slick pop credibility are all to be expected.” Rachel Matilda Muller-Heyndyk, Joyzine, April 2011 - Joyzine


Discography

AIRPLAY:
Palabras Para Julia - Unreleased - Played on Dandelion Radio throughout July 2011
Ménage A Moi - To be released in June 2012 - Played on BBC 6 Music on 9th December 2011

FORTHCOMING RELEASES:
Sing You Through The Storm EP - March 2012
Menage A Moi EP - June 2012
Don't Sleep (album) - October 2012

Photos

Bio

Rebekah Delgado is a solo musician from London, United Kingdom. After previously fronting two successful bands who enjoyed national press and radio success in the UK, Spain and Italy and toured the US, Rebekah embarked on a solo career in 2010 when her previous band, The Last Army (BBC6, BBC London record of the week) broke up. When playing live Rebekah is often accompanied by a variety of other musicians, including musical saw, violin, harmonium, cello and drums.

Rebekah’s solo material is a departure from her previous bands’ foundations, being influenced more by her Spanish roots and Arabic leanings as well as artists such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Serge Gainsbourg, Pulp, Jacques Brel, Kris Kristofferson, Carla Bruni, Johnny Cash and Sonic Youth. Rebekah’s musical maelstrom veers from the melancholic and contrite, to the uplifting and spirited, to risqué pop.

Following a recent successful three night residency at Kevin Spacey's notorious Boom Boom Club in the Old Vic Tunnels, Rebekah has started to refine a cabaret-style performance complete with a filthy-noise-making masked choir. Rebekah is equally at home playing in front of typical gig-going audiences and playing for the more refined cabaret crowd.