Summers almost here, the sun has started to make an appearance, so it must be time to sit back, relax, and chill out to some new music. First to blast out of the speakers this month is a brand new girl duo by the name of Tora.
Becky and Corinne have been hard at work in the studio for the past few months, and have produced a three track demo, that can rightly lay claim to being something a little bit different. Their core musical infulences are a mix of soul, jazz, and commercial pop, that they come at from different angles on each of the three tracks.
‘Stay Here’ has a slightly electronic feel, and a vocal arrangement that clearly illustrates the two very different voices in the group. Becky has a sweet, soft vocal tone, while Corinne has a deeper, more alternative sound. They sing well together, and I enjoyed some of the harmonies on this track.
Their next track ‘Body Shot’, leans more towards Jazz with it’s brass instrumentation, and could go down well in the clubs with its danceable groove. The song builds up nicely towards the chorus, but the chorus itself could do with a bit more power. That would be my only comment as the feel of the song, and the lyrical story are both enjoyable.
‘Need You To Need Me’ is Tora’s final demo track, and is perhaps the most commercial. This one has piano led undertones, and a smooth up-tempo beat. The lyrics here are simple, yet soulful and reflective too. Underneath the lyrics are some retro backing vocals/ad libs which work quite well.
All in all I think these tracks will provide a good launch pad for the girls, who will no doubt improve and develop as performers and songwriters. It’s also quite refreshing to hear something a little bit different in a girl band.
Tora will be performing live throughout the South East from June onwards. Check out www.myspace.com/toramusicuk for their latest gig listings.