A collection of overlapping influences to create an intriguing collection of soundscapes.
A two-year schedule for an album feels relatively typical. But for 30/70, a band whose members (including vocalist Allysha Joy and folk-crooner, Danika Smith) inhabit multiple side-projects, getting a third album over the line could be considered a daunting task. But Fluid Motion is just that, and knits together a collection of overlapping influences to create an intriguing collection of soundscapes.
From the sun-soaked synths on ‘Brunswick Hustle’, to the bass clarinet on ‘Back Foot’, Fluid Motion demonstrates their willingness to explore new influences and weave them into their signature 30/70 sound. This marks a departure from their previous narrative driven releases with each track presenting an independent soundscape. The key to making this work is Joy’s vocals and their ability to reflect the mood of each track is exceptions.
The jazz grooves on ‘Fluid Motion’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Reprise’ will be holding down more dancefloors than the rest of the album. But tracks like ‘Push and Pull’ and ‘Flowers’ are the album’s real centrepieces, where slower tempos allow the intimacy of the band’s song-writing reveal itself. ‘Crystal Hills’ also demands your listening whose impatient drum and bass wouldn’t sound out of place on a Mount Kimbie record.
Fluid Motion is a bigger, more ambitious record than previous releases and this drive has paid off. By bringing in more influences and producer credits they have touched more bases without neglecting their much loved neo-soul sound. There is no doubt the album will bring them an increasingly international leadership.
Fluid Motion is out now on Rhythm Section.
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Words: Nick Moore, Matt Everett