Roberta Carter-Harrison and Ken Harrison have re-teamed with longtime Wild Strawberries collaborator Ashwin Sood to create music as GeL – an upbeat pop machine, perfectly built around Carter-Harrison’s seemingly effortless powerhouse of a voice.
“Not A Love Song” opens the five song EP with a positive pulse that, lyrically, mixes catchy wordplay with heartfelt pining. On “I Got Your Back,” the trio creates a timeless call and response of reassurance, while “Day At A Time” is chill until it can’t contain itself anymore. Breaking things up with the more pensive piano-based “Talking In My Sleep” finds GeL in soundtrack mode, scoring the rainy day breakups you’re trying to forget, while disc closer “First Impression” is playful as fuck, all while showcasing an incredibly thoughtful performance from Carter-Harrison.
It’s interesting how something can sound both ’90s nostalgic and very 2016 while also remaining totally unique – a fine balance of great songwriting, catchy layered rhythms and a one-of-a-kind voice.