Hecuba’s a duo based in LA; comprised of lead singer, Isabelle Albuquerque, and Jon Beasley. I was a big fan of their debut album, Paradise, when it came out a few years ago; thanks to Isabelle’s low, interesting voice and some slinky production. That said, I always got the sense while listening to Paradise that Hecuba were just getting started – and, clearly, I was right. Their new album, Modern, is right up there with one of the best I’ve heard all year. Each song is unique, weird and a little chaotic, but in a totally controlled way.
So many different artists come to mind while listening to their music, but the low hanging fruit here is to compare them with the late 90s trip hop scene. That said, there’s something way more interesting about Hecuba’s music than anything that came out around that era. Sure, there’s plenty of beats, plenty of hooks, and the same old nifty studio tricks that we’re used to, but this time they’ve upped the ante by adding more dimensions and layers to each song in the form of everything from do-wop to jazz – not unlike Planningtorock or even Bjork.
Needless to say, I’ve been COMPLETELY ADDICTED to Modern ever since I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago. The album is fucking HOT and I highly recommend checking out my two favorite songs, Dancing and Faith, below.
(As a bonus, I’ve added my favorite track off their debut, called “Extra Connection.” Enjoy!)
*Hecuba’s 2nd album is out now via Germ Label.
Hecuba “Extra Connection”