New Music: She’s Got A Habit

by Winston "Stone" Ford

I don’t know what it is, but 2010 is the year for light, sunny, and soulful voices. Whether it’s Sonnymoon’s Anna Wise to New Look’s Sarah Ruba, this year is most certainly winning. Well, add another name to this list. She’s Got A Habit’s Emma Frank.

The Montreal based trio combines trip-hop, indie rock, and soul into a tight and consistent package. Co-conspirators Martin Rodriguez and Andy Bauer produce a template that is so delightfully different from anything else you will hear this year. Whether its the steady drumbeat vs atmospheric keys of “Plus Minus,” or the downtempo vibe of “Call It Love,” they where able to produce a consent sound throughout the project.

Comparisons to Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano are evident, however there is something more traditional about Emma’s voice, and the trio eschews the “left field” beginnings for more accessible sound that draws more from the psychedelic 60s and American jazz than futuristic Sweden.

Not bad for a band that began on Craigslist. Their Blindfold Test EP is on Bandcamp right now, and it’s a MUST RECOMMEND to stream or download. (via The Incubator)