Sixties souls singer plus French prog rock band, hmm, not the most promising of collaborations you might think. Well, on this evidence you’d be wrong, because this is a marvellous EP, full of wit and sass and nodding at times to a Stax or late Motown vibe. The songs would be very suited to a film soundtrack: it most definitely is widescreen music - maybe its Reid’s rich and flexible vocal performance that allows the necessary feeling of relaxed contemplation.
Opener Mind Dance is a cocky strut, suited for walking through town on a Saturday morning in Spring. I’m Here is almost a classic sixties lament (Small Faces Style) with its minor-major chord shifts and falsetto vocal payoff. The string arrangement is bloody great on this track, pushing when needed but buggering off sharpish when not needed. Feel Right is a moody run through that sees Reid’s voice add texture to a thrumming bass line.
A really enjoyable surprise.