Isabelle is an eighteen-year-old drop out from the School of Life – it’s actually quite difficult to drop out from that one but she managed it with distinction. Those exam years were spent in isolation, hidden away in a cluttered bedroom, learning guitar chords, plonking away at otherwise retired keyboards and setting up a studio facility from pieces of junk probably better suited to the set of an early Thirties Universal movie where pale skinned Colin Clive would pit his creative genius against that of God.
For a native of South East London there are many better ways of burning up one’s teens, but Isabelle was on a mission to make music.
But that sustained term of self-imposed solitary confinement was not, so it transpires, for nought, as in said period, Isabelle became a prolific writer of twisted, surreal ballads, all recorded to varying levels of quality and completion.
By 2018 she was venturing out from the ‘fortress of solitude’ and gingerly bashing out 'Apopalyptic' ditties to the unsuspecting foot tappers of Open Mic nights around the West Kent / London borders. Sometimes on guitar, sometimes on keyboard, she would showcase her catalogue of ill begotten gems – ‘Death of Me’, ‘God of Karma’, ‘Oblivion’,- and audience members would flick knowing glances to one another, whispering their stunned appreciation. Her dark songs and, fragile signature voice would leave them scratching their heads and reaching for comfort references, ‘She sounds like Kate Bush’, ‘I was thinking Billie Eilish’, she’s a witch!
At one such atmospheric occasion Isabelle was approached by London based Independent, Burning Girl Records, and by the early Spring of 2019, complete with a few updated studio fittings and, at least one guitar with all six strings attached, she set about recording completed versions of the gorgeous semi shanties that had haunted her for many a year.
Now with an album finished (Fragile), she is keen to let her talent monster break its chains and wreak havoc on a very ill prepared public!
Well, there's a lot of 'Tizzers' out there who are uniting around 'Hands' as a fitting first single for Isabelle, who is some what struggling with the decision. Here she is demonstrating exactly why it's the song of the people. 'Hands' will almost definitely feature on her forthcoming debut album, 'Fragile'.
'Death of Me' is one of many stand out tunes from Isabelle's forthcoming debut album, 'Fragile' on Burning Girl Records. Filmed at an 'intimate' gig in London's Villiers Street, Isabelle treated a small anticipating audience to a handful of her songs and few were disappointed with names like Kate Bush and Billie Eilish being whispered through the room. Stay close to news on gigs and tunes at https://open.spotify.com/artist/7voYOpiCQI1Eo5RUhjYgt4?si=0a6URn1DSlyHYIm01x28EA