Hamel’s songs are achingly catchy, or sometimes just aching. They often juxtapose deeply sad and even scathing lyrics with happy melodies that sweep you in. Imagine the musical landscape of a lush big band who would play with Frank Sinatra or Peggy Lee set against the emotional palette of Jeff Buckley. Hamel is complex, seductive, clever. His songs reflect subtlety, anxiety, euphoria. By 2006 he had a record deal with the Dutch label Dox Records. “I was exhilarated, especially at the thought of me working and collaborating to write songs.” He began to collaborate with Benny Sings, a producer and member of the ‘Dox Family’ with whom he still works. One of his mentors was Jon Hendricks, American jazz legend, and he did workshops with him. “But at the same time I would like to listen to PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Peggy Lee, who is very sexy and strict and melancholic, but I also like Prince and Carmen McRae.” From his own influences he learnt how contradiction and paradox forms the most powerfully crafted songs. The tunes are uplifting and the words are sad. Curiously that makes the tunes seem even happier and the words sadder.

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