The sound truly draws the listener in and the vocals take one to a place not often found. When it comes to creating a truly independent sound with one's music, Vanessa Van Spall has certainly found a way to do that with her latest release. I agree whole heartedly with her statement: "This music is for anyone who's ever made mistakes, been afraid or just taken the long way to get there." This one needs to be in your music collection! --Georgia Moncrief --Go Girls Music
Vanessa Van Spall has been everywhere in life, and she makes it known on her debut album, Cotton-Poly Blend. Bouncing in between making music and living life over the years, she has inevitably meshed the two in order to bring you her own heartfelt message in an effort to tell you her story, in hopes that you've been through some things, too. Based in San Francisco, CA, Van Spall is quick to establish a cold morning in the city by the Bay with the rousing "Hopeful" and with it comes her inspiration. There are elements of Pop, Rock, Blues, and even Gospel that come alive on this album, notably on "Palm Of Your Hand," and "Rapture." She gets a little Fiona Apple-ish during "Not Sorry" and especially "Save Me" because of a bit of dark, albeit menacing piano brigade that marches along. But instead of raspy vocals, she belts mostly in falsetto that calls to mind Lilith Fair-esque Paula Cole and Sarah McLachlan. Both have an earthiness, and all the while reel you in with amazing melodies and lyrics of stories untold, much like Van Spall does. And though the songs are mostly singer/songwriter quips with its wax poetics about life, she and co-writer Ian Hisert somehow make you want to dance. Most of the time you're thinking you're in for ballads with songs that begin slow and steady, but Cotton Poly-Blend catches you off guard with toe tapping, shoulder shifting grooves by the next minute. And let's be honest: there can be a sleepiness sometimes when it comes to singer/songwriters ... like they've never heard of anything but an acoustic guitar. The title Cotton-Poly Blend is another wonder, and one can only make the connection with the kind of music that Van Spall and company have created. The blend of genres and influences is soft, manageable, and would probably stand the test of time without any heavy wear and tear. Who knows if the reference was intended, or just a love for fabrics. But all of that aside, Cotton-Poly Blend is a great in its telling of life stories and is a wonderful debut of music that will only get better as life goes on. --Evolution of Media
Vanessa Van Spall is a San Francisco based confessional female singer-songwriter with rich, warm and powerful vocals that soar over piano driven alt-folk pop, sprinkling in flavors of bluegrass, The Beatles, Motown and 80 s New Romantic.