Based: Strasbourg, FR
Genre: Leftfield-pop, Experimental
RIYL: Regina Spektor, Julia Holter, Adrianne Lenker
Melissa Weikart is a French/American vocalist, pianist, and composer originally from Boston, US, currently based in Strasbourg, France. Her musical approach is shaped by her passion for experimental vocal harmony and formative training as a classical pianist. Melissa’s solo songwriting project emerged as a desire to confront her distinct experiences by providing a space for intimate dialogue between voice and piano. The result is playful and pensive, inviting listeners into a rich, raw world of twisted melodies and exposed dissonance. She has performed alongside a wide range of artists including Crumb, Carla Kihlstedt, Anthony Coleman, Lina Tullgren, Wendy Eisenberg, Boy Scouts, Joanna Sternberg, and Rose Droll.
Here, There is Melissa's first full length record, recorded by engineer/producer Peter Atkinson at Blue Jay Studios in Carlisle, US in August 2019. Featuring songs written between 2017-2019, Melissa builds upon material and themes explored in her earlier releases, with a particular emphasis on loops and repetition. The compositions are inspired by moments of intimate self reflection in the context of the expectations and pressures imposed upon us by others, society, and sometimes even (to our surprise) ourselves. It is currently unreleased, but available for listening at the private Soundcloud link below:
Like a car in a lake or a blackberry bush or an old pot of coffee, Melissa Weikart's debut EP enters stage-right with the unapologetic aire of those things that just are. Eschewing the trappings of modern sonic decadence in favor of the simple ageless palette of piano and voice, Weikart subtly displays her mastery over pen and canvas, drawing a hyperrealist landscape with words and sound and the scattered, piercing perceptions of a restless mind taking the hypocritical world to task, and leaving us wanting more.
—Matt Pike, founder of HEC tapes
SELECT PRAISE & RADIO FEATURES
"Her music combined with her lyrics to achieve a dark humor that is at once self-reflective, political, and critical of her personal interactions. She made everyone calm, and then shined a light on some of her most striking moods for our entertainment and delight."—Rubin Hohlbein for Boston Hassle
"Her expertly controlled vocals that sing introspective lyrics follow her syncopated, unusually plunked keys that culminate in a release that’s theatrical and honest."—Anna Marketti for Sound of Boston
"With sonic sensibility similar to Regina Spektor, the music ranges from classical to soul mere meters from each other. Yet this is not put forth as an artistic tool, but rather to set the sonic landscape with intricate timelines, that to the keen listener, can shed light on the diverse, sometimes frantic tapestry of this short EP—Chris Hughes for Boston Hassle
All photos by Maria Fernandes.