Melody Diachun goes on a seductive stroll through Sting’s wistful Fields Of Gold in her gorgeous new single — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
A preview of the celebrated Canadian jazz vocalist’s upcoming fifth album Sumner’s Tales: The Music of Sting, the shimmering Fields Of Gold takes you on a sweet sonic journey in a rich sonic landscape. Over the course of six sublime minutes, the track gradually builds from a late-night piano ballad to a quietly muscular full-band jaunt, with swirling keyboards, stinging guitar work and brushed drums meshing seamlessly beneath Diachun’s warm, welcoming vocals. Together, they explore and expose new layers of depth and meaning in Sting’s soothing, Celtic-tinged 1993 classic.
A talented vocalist, songwriter and performer praised for her soulful confidence, exquisite intonation, phrasing, and sense of time, Diachun has a penchant for pairing atypical material with improvising musicians. She takes a bold step with Sumner’s Tales, remaining faithful to the essence of the Police singer-bassist and songwriter’s works, be they huge hits like Roxanne or B-sides like Murder By Numbers. Meanwhile, Diachun’s bandmates roam free over grooves and soundscapes that run the gamut from lush to bombastic. The album features Melody’s long-time collaborators: Pianist David Restivo, guitarist Michael Occhipinti, bassist Doug Stephenson and drummer Tony Ferraro.
Other notable recordings from Diachun’s catalog include EQ and Metaphora by Altered Laws, which was nominated for a Juno for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2008 and won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards. Melody was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and the 2009 Canadian National Jazz Awards and for Artist of the Year at the Kootenay Music Awards in 2018 and 2019.