Self-titled, (CAM Jazz) Twin Danger singer Vanessa Bley is the daughter of free-jazz pianist Paul Bley, who she recalls would tell her, “You can either sit down at the piano and improvise, or you can do the dishes.” Already the frontwoman of the rock band Beast Patrol in 2013, Bley hooked up with Sade guitarist/saxophonist/co-founder Stuart Matthewman at the suggestion of Estonian pop singer Kerli, with whom she wrote “Creepshow.” Twin Danger is a different animal: densely romantic. The opener, “Pointless Satisfaction,” starts with tenor saxophone and guitar and Bley relentlessly breathy, sexy, and oh so relaxed. Filling the slinky, sophisticated, nightlife vibe, Matthewman’s sax voice is as sexy as Bley’s vocal instrument. Listening to this music, you’re going to want to close your eyes and dream. The album also has some serious jazz credentials, with bassist Larry Grenadier, trumpeter Michael Leonhart, and, on two tracks, pianist Gil Goldstein. “You’re Everything” is a warm and delicious ballad, Bley also on piano and Matthewman playing clarinet. Just when you’re wishing for a peppier tune, for contrast, we come to the album’s only cover, Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows,” which adds Beast Patrol keyboardist Anthony Marchesi and guitarist Robert Granata to the mix. Still, if you’re familiar with Beast Patrol, you might wish for a little more sweat and grit a la “Plaster.”
Twin Danger is unapologetically, and wonderfully, luscious.