“Wíyake” is the debut self-produced EP from young French singer Cléo Penet. Recorded in Paris with the help of her six piece band the EP mixes influences from soul, jazz, trip-hop and electronic music.
The results feel unique and effortlessly accomplished, combining her warm vocals that ride along bright electronic sounds and slick instrumentation that encompasses vibraphone, double bass, and guitar.
The name “Wíyake” (“feather” in an Amerindian language) refers to a rite-of-passage into adulthood.
Highlights on the record include the Hiatus Kaiyote-esque “Printemps,” and “Glider” which seamlessly goes from smooth nu- soul to trippy contemporary jazz grooves in a burst of percussion and electronics.
The meditative closing track “Yumimeya” is in our humble opinion the standout cut featuring hypnotic vocals chants that weave between the electronic backdrop over the songs five-and-a-half minute duration.
On her debut offering, Wíyake makes a strong first musical impression and lays down firm foundations for future projects.