Ideally if your label invokes thoughts of a month, every release not to break the spell would come out during the very same. In this case April. This Love Is For You doesn't. To complicate matters further and then stop being overly literal the album is out on 21 May but the lead-off track is streaming and we're only in March.
Other applicable playfulness arises, however. The band name is a palindrome. But let's not read backwards to avoid queasiness, eh. The sound (''oto'' in Japanese means ''sound'') however does travel, doubles down even, to retroland. “Vær dog god, ræv!” (Or 'be good now, fox!' Other Danish palindromes are mystifyingly also available.)
'Sunfish' is horn section-led accessible late night soulful jazz-funk. A trumpeter and saxophonist's band, perhaps unsurprisingly given this aspect to the track, are at work. Containing a catchy, not too naive, melody involving incidental ''intake of breath'' vocalisation for filler within the instrumental blend, 'Sunfish' is certainly intuitively arranged.
The players in question include trumpeter Jonas Due (respect is…) knocking on the door of being a millennial and from a similiar generation saxophonist Oilly Wallace. It's not slick (… geddit? Enough, ed). But it is feelgood and actually works pretty well. The sound splashed with an old Juno 106, Bricking it only in a puntastic sense (is there any other?), tastefully finessed by Calle Brickman, you got it, the whole effect sits with what Nicola Conte in Italy or 'Teddy Rok' Mäkynen in Finland trot out so winningly. A lot of new names, let's hope they trip off the tongue soon because their track here, recorded in Copenhagen last autumn, containing a lot of skill, certainly does the equivalent.
Tags: Album / EP reviews