Songwriter Tess Cunningham, a.k.a. Tess in Venice doesn’t fit neatly into any particular musical category although she herself identifies as a pop writer – even her more elaborate seven minute releases are, she says ‘just cleverly disguised pop songs’. A multi instrumentalist known for her lyrical edge, honest and jaggedly beautiful music, Tess has been slowly and steadily releasing a string of well-received EPs and singles, garnering radio play and performing solo and with her band around London.
American Pancake had this to say about her most recent release ‘Show Me Summer’ on Midnight Cat Records
“I have always liked that Tess explores different flavors to her art and Show Me Summer has a strong free pop framework and (dare I say) I thought a bit of early, early Madonna (my favorite Madonna) because it doesn’t feel over thought just care free, dreamy and, yes, with a patina of somberness too like the summer sway is peppered with pieces of a broken heart. Lovely stuff. I love this song.” —-Robb Donker
Tess came to listener’s attention with her 2013 debut ‘Let’s Compare Scars’, a collection of piano driven songs full of dark intrigue as the title suggests. ‘It is hard to believe that her EP is a debut, as she has a bedrock maturity that usually comes from developing many studio productions…..irrefutably original with a voice that could make an angel high-five her.’ —- Lisa Torem, Penny Black Music
Classically trained on the piano Tess took a deliberate step in the opposite direction with her 2015 follow up…abandoning the keys and teaching herself to play guitar. The result was ‘Flood Heart Fly’, the single ‘Once Upon A Time’ garnering support from Absolute Radio (Frank Skinner’s Show) with ‘hooks galore and a kind of hippie / garden rock underbelly’…all too brief a taste’ —- American Pancake
In 2016 Tess returned to the piano releasing a seven minute piece “Polly Psyche” a modern re-telling of the story of Cupid and Psyche. At the end of the year Tess was commissioned to compose a musical setting of the Dylan Thomas poem “The Force That Through The Green Fuse” for Dylan Thomas Day which was premiered with a live performance on Resonance FM. These two classically inspired works set Tess apart as not just a songwriter but a serious composer and interpreter. Tess’s piece ‘Music for Snow’ is currently being used for a choreographed ballet to be performed in her hometown of Melbourne Australia.