Rob Quo is back with a new release entitled Let It Spin. The EP contains five songs all of which were captured live in the studio. It’s hard to debate that there’s some extra magic when musicians gather in a room together and nail it.
The first song is “Ain’t Even Liv’d” and I loved this song the first time I listened. It’s a song that builds with intensity as it progresses. The song contains earthy organ, guitar, bass and drums. I thought the vocals were really well delivered and it was just a well-written song. The additional vocal harmonies emphasize certain words which give them more emotion.
“Talkin’ Bout the Truth” is another killer song. This song is more relaxing and chill throughout. The vocals are again top notch with tons of memorable melodies presented throughout. I thought the band sounded in the pocket but also in a way that I don’t think virtual instruments can replicate at this point. The dynamics are subtle and I loved the way they drop and build back up towards the end.
“Say No More” contains stand up bass and a very jazzy quality. This song is even more chill and relaxing than the previous song. There’s some mellow electric piano that’s panned hard right that hits the bullseye. The vocals are clear and distinct in the mix almost as if the vocals are coming out of a tube amp. There’s some builds but not much that leads to anything explosive. The dynamics are again subtle but effective.
Next up is “This House.” The groove is so cool. The guitars are sort of low in the mix allowing the bass to punctuate the song. I thought the artist delivered once again an exceptional vocal performance. They are smooth and silky. Don’t miss the clapping and vocals towards the end of the song which build to a satisfying crescendo.
Last up is the bluesy “Single-Minded.” The organ is a force on this song. There’s a nostalgic quality to the song and it felt like a good sound. I have to mention the dynamics which are again so on point. There are minor drops and ways the band organically emphasizes certain moments.
Suffice it to say I thought this was a pretty flawless five-song EP. It’s his best work in my opinion and deserves some recognition.
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