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.
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.
Tess released ‘Show Me Summer’ the single 1 September 2017 on Midnight Cat Records
…“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.”