Hey love, what’s going on in here?
You’re ruthless like a stone
Hey love, why you don’t seem to care?
It’s to you I belong
Since I left the Quadron concert at Debaser Medis in Stockholm Saturday night, I listen to their song ‘hey love’ on repeat. I sometimes interrupt but just to listen to one of their other songs – ja, but that’s basically it. Quadron’s music is special; it gets you hooked because it is in a stunning way complex and simple at the same time. You feel so many layers and a sense for small details and nuances, which is a complex construct on the one hand. But as it all fits so perfectly in its neo soul / jazz / electric combination, it on the other hand ‘simply’ makes sense to your ears. It has a slight old fashioned touch to it in the sense that it feels familiar and so gets you hooked to it already after the first few beats. At the same time it is so new and fresh that you just want to soak it all in. and get more and more.
Until I entered the concert hall I had never heard of Quadron before and I had therefore no idea what to expect. When Coco O entered the stage wearing her hair in the exact same style like me (a high chignon – I know nothing special in Scandinavia at all I admit!) I felt safe. No one would suspect anymore that I didn’t know the Duo, singer Coco O and Producer Robin Hannibal from Copenhagen that were going to perform. People would rather think I was the biggest fan of Coco trying to copy her style. So you better be good up there on stage, Coco!
Obviously she was. After her first breathy lines I already fell for their music. But also with her way of moving, her gestures and the way she talked between the different songs I was amazed. It had the same high level of complexity like the music has in her rehearsed movements as well as natural expressions and glimpses of sporadic insecurity followed by a kickass performance and grace. When she moved her face to the side it struck me how much she looked like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Her black sparkling dress and her dark hair up in the chignon accompanied by big golden creoles and an in-between-fingers ring on her right hand, that made her gestures even more exhilarating to look at. Looking for pictures of Coco O on the web later I found her pictures of her outfit at the David Letterman show, where she played with the Frida Kahlo association even more boldly herself, which made me smirk big times. In Stockholm now Coco O shared with the audience that most of her lyrics tell the story of unrequited love stories. Frida told her kind of pain stories in her kind of art. Of course that’s nothing new or unique for artists – but damn both such great outcomes of sucky feelings. Thanks for that.
I hoped Frida you could hear Coco sing!
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