Jonathan Joly sent us the latest from his duo with vocalist Leah Gracie, who recently performed the song “In My Head” live. As always, the duo known as What a Day offers up some amazing music with some interesting instrumentation.
What A Day is gearing up to release their first album. The bass and vocal duo of Leah Gracie and Jonathan Joly made the announcement by releasing a new cover of the classic Velvet Underground track “Femme Fatale.” As always, it’s spot on.
There’s been a real resurgence in the love for Queen in the past year, thanks in part to the incredible biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. We’ve been getting quite a few Queen cover videos, but this version of “The Show Must Go On” by What A Day captured my imagination.
Jonathan Joly sent us a new video by his duo, What A Day. In this clip, Leah Gracie and Joly perform their unique cover of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” incorporating double bass, vocals, newspapers, a typewriter, and more to fill out the arrangement.
The bass/vocal duo What A Day is back with a new song called “Last Calling.” As always, Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie deliver gorgeous and haunting melodies overtop of Joly’s creative bass work.
The duo of bassist Jonathan Joly and vocalist/typewritist Leah Gracie, aka What a Day, are back with a new cover video. This time they tackle Françoise Hardy’s “Le Temps de l’Amour”. Joly sets the song up by alternating registers to offer a bass line and intro melody before Gracie’s beautiful vocals enter. The bassist then adds his bow to expand...
Bass and vocal duo What A Day is back with a new video. This time the minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo of Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie tackle the song “Donyiti Ahla” by Lebanese singer Nora Rahal. Joly lays down bass and harmony while Gracie sings and uses a typewriter for cool percussion.
The unconventional duo What a Day, consisting of upright bassist Jonathan Joly and singer/typist Leah Gracie, are ready for Mardi Gras this year with a cover of the classic song “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Joly handles all of the harmonic accompaniment with a simultaneous bass line and countermelody on his upright while Gracie leads with her soulful vocals. The result is...
Minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo What a Day has released a new EP, Specimen. In keeping with the duo’s established style, the music is primarily defined by Jonathan Joly‘s double bass, singer Léah Gracie’s vocals and more quotidian sounds, like adding machine keys being depressed. Check out the whole EP at SoundCloud. Here’s the track, “Open Space”: