Sweden based formation Soweco consists of Fredric Renmark
(vocals), Mattias Roos (keys) and Peter Gustafsson (drums). The
band name is an abbreviation of Soul West Coast (SoWeCo) and their
music style can be defined as soul, west coast and smooth jazz.
Their debut album Donít Hide Your Love hit the streets in
2012, followed by the sophomore album Only You in 2015.
Meanwhile, Mathias Roos started a solo career and released
the albums My Story (2016) and Movin' Up (2017).
However, this should by no means be interpreted as a dissolution
phenomenon. Soweco is back with their new album Keep On
(2017). Mathias already worked with Skytown Records on his second
album. This fruitful collaboration, the band is now continuing
with their new album. The Japanese version has another cover, a
different order of songs than the US version and don't include the
remix and single of Keep On.
Keep On evokes memories of the
time, when funk, soul, and R&B were still in their infancy,
ultramodern, innovative and full of surprises. The title song
featuring guitar hero U-Nam perfectly hits this sonic sweet point
of the past. Don't Hide Your Love is drawn from
Soweco's debut album presents singer "Frosche" Renmark in a
Audience likes comparisons with already
known groups. Let me try one or two. Way Up High
sounds like Frankie Beverly and Maze or Bill Withers' Just The
Two Of Us. The arrangement is exquisite and Renmark's voice
authentic and soulful. Listening to Let the Rain Fall Down
one remarks an inflection in his timbre on such a high level,
which is not simply congenital but well trained. The distorted
guitar sound gives the song a fairly rough ride.
Love is an emotional ballad with credible depth. By the
Sea delivers the female vocalist Petra Carlenarson. A song
with the sparkling easiness of a Mediterranean Ibiza sound.
Remarkable the a cappella finish. The sweeping ballad Good Ol'
Love is another stand out for vocalist Fredric Renmark, who
also feels good in slow waters.
With his own distinct
artistic voice he likewise makes Lucky Charm to a
pleasurable experience. We will gladly fulfill the request
Listen for a Moment, because it shows the band in their
entire brilliance. Forget for a Moment that Frederic
has great phrasing and a tone with massive potential. Just enjoy
the flow of the song.
More soul than smooth jazz Soweco
holds a special position between the genres. With Keep On,
the band has reached a maturity level, which is mainly due to
their exceptional singer. This does not diminish the contribution
made by the instrumentalists to the common success.
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Title: Keep On
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: SkyTown Records
1. Keep On (Groove Remix) [feat. U-Nam] 4:19
2. Don't Hide
Your Love 3:50
3. Way Up High 4:05
4. Let the Rain Fall
5. Your Love 4:47
6. By the Sea 3:49
Good Ol' Love 4:01
8. Lucky Charm 4:35
9. Listen for a
10. Keep On 4:22
11. Forget for a Moment
12. Keep On (Groove Remix) [Radio Edit] [feat. U-Nam]