Along the way she's picked up the guitar and has written some wonderfully delicate and tender songs that make your heart flutter between melancholy and child-like happiness.
The reason why you'd never guess Simone is Hawaiian is evident upon first listen. Within the first 30 seconds of the first track, I was overwhelmed by how much her voice resembles that of Tracyanne Campbell, lead vocalist for Camera Obscura. Honestly I would have sworn she was at least Scottish, maybe even Tracyanne's sister! What makes Simone's album I Am the Man different though is it loses the twee-pop / 60's rock sound that makes Camera Obscura so endearing and replaces it with a mellow, jazzy, folksy feel that is no less enjoyable and even somewhat more intimate.
Her album is slated to be released on June 4th in the UK, but unfortunately a US date has not been given. You can order it as an import via Amazon, although the price is a little steep. Also available (with a few tracks also on the new album) is Sincere Recording Co. Presents Simone White, which is older (2004) but a little more affordable. Either way, enjoy the songs (and videos) below and keep your eyes open for it over here in the States.
The Beep Beep Song is just a charmingly tender song about love - perfect for mix-tapes for significant others.
how many moons are reflected in the lakeThe American War is a protest song that is amazingly cutting for having such seemingly light lyrics:
can you wait forever
if time is all it takes
despite all the warnings
I landed like a fallen star
in your arms
Did you ever think this was the greatest country in the world?
With freedom and democracy and SUV's called Liberty
for every boy and girl?
The oyster chokes on it's own pearl
Simone White - The Beep Beep Song : I Am the Man
Simone White - The American War : I Am the Man
I Am the Man - Windows Media / Real Media
Why I Your Raincoat Always Crying? - Windows Media / Real Media
Camera Obscura - Books Written for Girls (live acoustic) : Sunsets And Silhouettes