Sayulee: April Fool
By Martyn Pepperell
Somewhat of a Norah Jones or laid back KT Tunstall, Japan-born/Kiwi-bred singer and guitarist Sayulee is the product of a business studies scholarship to Japan turned all-expenses-paid jaunt through the local karaoke bars. I'm not the biggest fan of karaoke, so in my opinion this story has turned out far less tragic then could be expected. To cut a long story short, the girl made it home, decided to take singing seriously, bounced from strength to strength and has come up trumps with a powerful album of smooth deep vocals, folksy guitar, reverbed keys and strong choruses. Evan Cooper produced 'April Fool' at Forum Studio, then mixed and mastered it at Parachute Studios and it all sounds very clean and clear. Her backing musicians and singers also nail it, but in terms of the songwriting and lyricism this isn't anything you haven't heard before. While 'April Fool' is not groundbreaking then, it does sound nice on the ears - and the packaging is gorgeous. I just can't help but think that Sayulee could have taken this much further.