Margie Pullo and Rodrigo Plaza make up The Cube. It’s a name they chose for themselves while sharing a single cubicle at work. I have to say that’s just too cute. The duo seem to have both gotten an early start with music. They showcase some of that talent on their five-song self-titled EP The Cube.
The EP starts with “The Truth” which is a sparse song. It’s a simple song with strummed minor and major chords. The vocals are tender, melancholy and sweet. It’s a nice opener but doesn't exactly demand your attention.
The energy starts to build on “Clouds.” That being said the song starts similarly to “The Truth” and Pullo’s has a very similar sort of sadness and tenderness in her vocals. Plaza’s vocals come in and they harmonize well together. The song goes in an unexpected direction that I liked. Drums and what might be electric piano and bass are introduced. The energy at this point is very minimal. The breaking point comes with harmonies and a more driving beat. This was what I was kind of waiting for and I really enjoyed the crescendo. I was actually surprised to not hear a lead vocal layered on a top but it was still great.
Up next is “What If.” Oh man I felt this song had so much potential. I really loved the melody and how it builds slightly. The whistling is also a big plus. I just wanted the song to celebrate towards the end in a similar way like you hear from Feist on “1234." “For Elizabeth” goes back to revisit strummed chords and intimate vocals. They save the best for last with “Natural Disaster.” The song sort of feels like a march. It’s a little more dark than melancholy and I loved the horns. The song gets better as it progresses with the horns letting loose.
First off I really like this duo. There is a ton of talent. That being said I think they should focus on two things moving forward - dynamics and hooks. I think there were a lot of great melodies on this EP but something about their style made me feel like I wanted more hooks that I could sing along to. For some reason I feel Pullo has a tone and inflection that hasn’t been fully utilized yet. I kept thinking she could definitely pull of a celebratory, joyous chorus and I would love to hear that at some point because I like the qualities in her voice.
I’ve worked with a lot of groups in the last twenty years and I can say that The Cube seem to be on a good trajectory. I look forward to their evolution. Best of luck.
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