Ange Takats

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Australian artist Ange Takats has a voice that is able to coat with sugar, crush with sadness and cut through to the soul of a song. Her most recent album ‘Arva’ blends the sounds of 30s jazz with 60s folk. With three-part vocal harmonies, lush string arrangements and ragtime jazz instrumentation, the 11-track album is a departure from Ange’s folkie roots.

‘Arva’ has received high praise from critics – as well as extensive Australian and international airplay. It follows her debut album ‘Aniseed Tea’ (2009) and the publication of her travel memoir ‘The Buffalo Funeral – Soundbites from a Songbird in Siam’ (2011) which traces her unusual journey from foreign correspondent to folk singer in Thailand.

Ange currently lives in northern Laos where she works as a volunteer. She’s in the process of finalising songs for her third album, which will include tracks about her emotional experience of last year’s earthquake in Nepal.

REVIEWS:

“Ange’s soulful voice evokes the joy of the Andrews Sisters one minute and the melancholia of Billie Holiday the next” – Music Without Boundaries, San Diego

“This is an album replete with subtle instrumentation, that beguiling voice, and melodies that seem to swim. She transports the listener to a different time musically and lyrically, in search of the innocent love of bygone days” – The Daily

“Takats has a bell-peal voice that has the DNA of Judy Collins’s tonal purity and Joni Mitchell’s emotionality. She is able to distil emotion into exact words and chiming melody” – The Australian

“Fans of Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy take note, Ange Takats has returned with her sophomore album Arva … light 30′s vocal jazz and Americana folk are blended with melt away breezy success. Incredibly beautiful!” – Eastside Radio

“One of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in a long time…she’s Regina Spektor meets Natalie Merchant” – The Baub Show, UBN Radio, Los Angeles

“Her syrupy voice, poignant lyrics, tinges of humour and nostalgia, great string arrangements and nicely layered vocal harmonies combine to make the 11-track Arva a musical journey worth travelling” – The Road Ahead Magazine

“Takats has some interesting stories to tell but the hook is that soulful voice she tells them with. There’s real grit and passion there” – Courier Mail