Raissa's fairytale fantasy
PUBLISHED: 11:38 31 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010
by Tim Cole Raissa Khan-Panni is a storyteller and The Mummers debut album, Tale To Tell, is like a collection of fairytales in a book handed down to you by your great-grandmother. Bombarding the senses with a style so strong you can see
by Tim Cole
Raissa Khan-Panni is a storyteller and The Mummers debut album, Tale To Tell, is like a collection of fairytales in a book handed down to you by your great-grandmother.
Bombarding the senses with a style so strong you can see it, she paints emotionally stirring pictures with every note and word.
With co-writers Paul Sandrone and Mark Horwood constructing the patterns of drums, keyboards, guitars and percussion, the songs work on multiple layers.
A mix of Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Russian blood mean the south London-born Raissa has roots in all sorts of styles.
Military snare defines March Of The Dawn as you listen to what sounds remarkably like a taste of Bjork in her early years.
There's a taste of Goldfrapp in some of the tracks maybe? Even Lily Allen?
Sweeping strings are the theme of Wonderland - opening as a waltz straight out of a fairground - with the vocals only kicking in after a minute and a half.
Tale To Tell has a balletic lilt conjuring up an image of her performing a fairy dance in a pantomime.
The Mummers were medieval performing troupes who travelled around performing to anyone who would listen. But this isn't medieval.
It's more like the sound of a summer Edwardian garden party held in the innocent decade before Europe headed for the horrors of the First World War.
The sense of wonderment is hard to sustain and at times you cry out for a little of that horror to shake things up.
But listened to individually there is no denying the glorious quality of songwriting on show.
Teardropsfall is like something from the Kate Bush Never For Ever era, which is about as high as praise can get for a woman working in this musical landscape.
*The Mummers album Tale To Tell is released on June 8 by Big Bass Drum Records.
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