Quadron - “Simili Life”
Quadron first hit my radar in late 2009 when someone played me a copy of “Slippin,” a whimsical, dulcimer-infused pop song with a fairly infectious hook and intoxicating allure (yea I said it). At the time I couldn’t tell if the then unknown group would ultimately become a cult-y pop sensation or whether they’d go the route of most bands that produce “indie” pop tunes that I dig and become, for lack of a better term, personal one hit wonders.
It wasn’t until a full year later that I got around to downloading the Danish duo’s 2010 full-length debut, the self-titled Quadron. CMP readers know that Swede musicians have a tendency to put a spell on the kid, but who knew that just across Kattegat Bay (two-time middle school National Geography Bee winner, bitches!) there was another musical hot bed for me to discover.
Quadron is a beautifully chilled out LP, weaving through a number of sub genres but ultimately rooted in R&B of the neo soul persuasion. This collage of sounds clashes wonderfully to create a sound the band describes as “electronic soul.” Contrary to how that aural description may ring with you, the sounds are organic and harmonious, and at times full-on soothing. While one track might sound like a jazz composition, a la Koop’s meticulously chopped sample approach , the next is a spot on ode to doo wop soul, hand claps and all. Shit I can practically hear the background dancers on “Pressure.” The band explores trip hop, anthemic pop, folk and even modern Danish music before the record is through. A 8.5/10 with ease.
Sorry kids, no download link on this one. I’m hoping that if you pay for the album, the band may be able to afford per diem to come tour the US.