Toronto-via-Halifax singer/songwriter Paisley Jura plays a 200-year-old Italian double bass. She's also a classically trained pianist and has an unadorned voice that rings clear and true. Her debut seven-song EP, Time In Between, fuses jazz, country, classical and cabaret, and it all comes together in a pleasantly mellow way.
The best tracks showcase Jura's unique talents. That double bass and piano appear on Timing, a moody tune based around a repeating piano melody like you might hear in a little girl's jewellery box. The Gown And The Moon has fairy-tale lyrics and cinematic strings, while the poppy Sweetness has Joni Mitchellesque falsetto leaps. It's safe, adult-contemporary-oriented fare, but proves Jura knows her way around a song.
Top track: Timing
Paisley Jura celebrates her EP and video release at the Supermarket on Tuesday (January 27).