Conchita Campos - No One Really Knows
'No One Really Knows' is the Filipino-American singer Conchita Campos' second record, and she's been a busy girl since 'So It Goes...' with more appearances in and around New York venues and lots of radio play. This second offering is jazzier and much more solo-based, featuring the Park band from San Francisco, but it still incorporates Campos' soul-edged R&B vibes and lots of really, really nice percussion.
The EP begins with 'Changes', a grooving and melodic invite into the dimly-lit soul club of Conchita Campos' sound. It's got everything in spades - funky guitar hooks, organ backing, husky and passionate vocal delivery. This has that rare quality of modern soul music that is utterly attention-rewarding. It's sultry, end-of-the-night music you can really get on with.
The more indie-rock-y track 'On & On' nods to Tori Amos, and while these influences might seem a little disparate Campos flows beautifully between the moods, taking the listener along with her, hand in hand. This is all without the superb musicality going on in the background, including a gorgeous guitar interim. Then we have the dancehall-flavoured 'Silverline', an incredibly intelligent and meaningful track, and 'Now & Then' which allows a vocal showcase... There's a lot, lot of really good stuff in here.
'No One Really Knows' seems to set a trajectory for Conchita Campos, taking everything that has gone before and selecting a star on the horizon to aim for. This record is glamorous, flowing and seductive, and after a few notes you won't need me to tell you that.
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