Here's Something tasty for your Summer soundtrack. Quadron are a talented LA-based duo : Robin Hannibal and Coco O. and they make a free-and-easy form of soulful electro-pop which will appeal to twitching feet as well as lively minds. There are some really cracking tunes here (ten of them in fact) dressed up in crisp rhythmic arrangements and given lyrical sense and shape by Ms O. who possesses a truly remarkable voice. The more I hear it, in fact, the more certain I am that it's one of the finest new voices out there in the listening world.
It's a sleek and sensuous instrument which combines an affecting blend of emotional warmth and innate raw power. She has an instinctive feel for a limber jazzy line and isn't afraid of taking risks with some really delicious throw-away decorations. She lays down some stunningly complex harmonies too.
There's no winner to pick in this set. It's all good. From the chirpy opening groove of 'LFT'; through the mellow bluesy magic of 'Crush' and mysterious late-night melancholy of 'Befriend'; to the loose-limbed soul of 'Sea Salt', it's quality all the way and if I sound just a little bit in love with it it's because I am!
I have would most would describe as an eclectic taste in music, but even this album is something I wouldn't normally listen to.
Coco and Robin aren't the best at what they do individually, but they sure as hell know how to make beautiful music together. The album just FEELS late 70's early 80's to me (I'm sure that's massively helped by some talented engineers and analogue equipment!) and just flows all the way through. It's quite a short album by todays standards, but I'm always a believer in quality rather and quantity. With the exception of Hey Love (and that's me being quite harsh!) it's a solid album that I can happily play through again and again - ending in the absolutely beautiful closer, Avalanche.