Updated: Dec 6, 2020
"Timeless": Oscar Jerome ft. Lianne La Havas
Production: Oscar Jerome & Beni Giles
Album: Breathe Deep
Floating somewhere on the ever-broadening continuum that is the British jazz scene, you can find both Oscar Jerome and Lianne La Havas.
‘Timeless’ sees the jazz powerhouses join forces for the first time to tell a genre-fluid tale of limitless love. Laced with jazz-inflected harmonies, soul sensibilities and a gentle percussive drive, this collaboration transcends the bounds of one single genre. Toying with the dimensions of time, a reflection on love as a timeless force is juxtaposed with a slow-burning and carefully crafted build-up. In the space of just over six minutes, the listener is transported from a delicate guitar opening to a luscious musical landscape. What starts with just a shimmering guitar hook culminates in a virtuosic, brass-weighted finale featuring soaring vocals from La Havas.
‘Timeless’ feels difficult to place on a musical spectrum, so much so that it possesses an almost unsettling quality to it. But perhaps that is precisely the point; much like how the lyrics declare a love which defies time, here too is music which defies genre.