Avi Wisnia follows up his 2007 EP with his first studio-full length album , Something New, which was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt (Melody Gardot, Amos Lee). Set for release on June 29th, Wisnia mingles piano pop, fresh Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic guitar, contemporary - yet classic - jazz, and more, Something New is in a category all its own.
Wisnia uses the piano keys to create lush ballads, and his lyrics can be just as melancholic are they are whimsical, depending the song. He uses his quirky bossa nova-turned pop music in a variety of manners on Something New. His penchant to take the usual and flip it upside down can be heard on the album’s “cover” songs (The Cure’s “Love Song” and TLC’s “No Scrubs”). The title track of Something New could be the perfect song to sum up his mélange of genres that you’ve never heard mixed together before.
A modern piano man with zest and a penchant for unpredictable cover songs and subtle pop culture references, Wisnia recorded his first EP at the New Jersey synagogue where his father serves as rabbi.
Able to balance the somber “love-songs gone wrong” about ex-boyfriends next to upbeat breezy Brazilian piano jams, Wisnia never over does it. “The two major sides of me that constantly fight for my own attention are jazz and pop – the side that wants to improvise and go free form and let the moment take control; and the side that wants to hook you with something structured, catchy, accessible and relatable,” says Wisnia.
In 2009, Wisnia won an OutMusic Award for Outstanding Jazz Song of the Year, CMJ’s Zig Zag Live Competition as well as becoming a finalist in Rolling Rock’s National Band Search. A perfectly fitting title for his album, Something New is exactly that.
Something New Track Listing
1. New Year
2. More Than Me
3. I Wish That I Could Stop Writing Songs About You
5. Love Song (The Cure Cover)
6. Rabbit Hole
7. The Back of Your Hand
9. Something New
10. Não É Coisa
11. It's Only Me
12. No Scrubs (TLC Cover)