Follow The Trail Of Giovanca's Satellite Love
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The album's fluid quixotic vibe had me nostalgic for those weekends where I spent digging into my father's Jazz Fusion albums from the 1970s, as Giovanca calls back the sweet sauciness of Minnie Riperton, more so capturing her pre-solo days in the '60s/'70s psychedelic soul band, Rotary Connection. She also gives flashes of the Brazilian samba coo that Flora Purim did so well during her tenures with George Duke and Chick Corea.
First single, the entrancing excellence of "How Does It Feel" (not the song you think it is...) sets the tone extremely well, playing like Giovanca's own version of Kool & The Gang's "Summer Madness", but it stands alone lonely, until it's paired with the remainder of the 14-track set and gains a denser environment. Ukulele lullabies ("I Will Wait"), pensive meditations ("We Can't", piano peppered closer, "Come Around") and experimental tracks that flip on a dime ("Uphill") are present. Standouts to me happen right from the start as wa-wa guitars on the funky opener, "Look Of State" and disco samba "Lockdown" are nothing short of fun, but the jazz piano tenderness of "Real" is a ballad that cannot be shaken off due to its alluring layering of vocals and instrumentation. Bold and sweet, Satellite Love is something that does indeed defy gravity as it swells into the empty spaces of silence just beautifully. You can purchase Satellite Love over at iTunes or Amazon.