Isabelle Brown is back today with new track ‘Places’, available now via True Panther and EQT: the first taste of new music since acclaimed debut mixtape ‘Only Having A Laugh’.
Full of warmth, optimism and with a blend of youthful naivety and old-soul wisdom, ‘Places’ is an affecting kodak-moment of those times in your life that truly shape you. It’s a song, Isabelle says, about “somewhere that you don’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not; where you are loved and accepted, and can be who you want to be.”
Isabelle Brown is a singer and songwriter of timeless soul, trapped in the body of a fearless fifteen year old. Inspired by the rich emotions of Nina Simone and the force-of-nature energy of Tina Turner, Isabelle’s mature perspective and deep found artistry draws equal influence from the old-school R&B, jazz and hip-hop as found in A Tribe Called Quest. And beginning with debut mixtape ‘Only Having A Laugh’ – written and recorded when she was just twelve – Isabelle Brown’s story thus far is not that of your typical precocious teen star-in-waiting: hard graft, grit and vulnerability, those core values of true soul music, underpin her powerhouse vocals. Born and raised in Brighton, she wrote her first love song at the age of seven (“which when you think back,” she says now, “is an absolute laugh, as I’d never even kissed a boy but thought I was the number one romance guru”). Brought up between two creative, unconventional households – her parents separated around the same time – Brown’s voice slowly began to draw on experiences of her own. She has spent the last couple of years singing, writing, performing or recording every weekend or school-holiday alongside a close-knit circle of collaborators, with her friends and family protecting her (largely from her own furious ambition to “get on with it”) every step of the way.
Mixing restless innocence with innate musical maturity, ‘Places’ is not just a vivid portrait of inner strength and self-confidence, but also an affecting reminder of those places Isabelle’s Brown talent is surely set to take her in the future.