Rebecca Zapen has been releasing music under the “Bashert” label since her 2003 debut. In Yiddish, bashert means soulmate, or perfect match. A few albums later, and Zapen’s not only built a nest with the perfect guy, but there’s a baby. Thence comes some of the inspiration for this cozy cabin (the kind with a fire crackling away in the grate) of sounds. The heavenly waltz of “Peace” is at the heart of Nest. It’s like Bashert’s a descendant of the Mary Hopkins (via Paul McCartney) and Sandy Denny lines of beautiful, oft-vintage-inspired sounds. There’s a sense of arcane, jazzy pop; fifties romanticism, classical music, and Yiddish and other folk traditions; a bowl of ingredients from which Zapen intuitively ladles the right elements for her evocative compositions.
Zapen’s buttercream-smooth voice and classic treatments create cohesion in a set spiced by Celtic folk and Latin jazz. And while contemporary chanteuses are often compared with A.Camp, Zapen’s merging of melody, keys, and vocals are at the top of any such comparison heap with “Lakewood” and “You Did Me Wrong.” For an all-original (save a bossa-nova treatment of “Addicted to Love”) collection; Nest is something of a miracle. Years of playing and learning come together in a place where everything feels bashert.
Nest is out now and available here.
-Post by Mary Leary