Possessing a smooth soul voice and a modern flair, London band Equals, with the new single Ivory Coast, sets up a soaring melody over a simple guitar riff. With what sounds like a gospel choir behind him, Ade Omotayo leads us along the vanishing point of a foreign landscape where there is a secret to be told.
The unvarnished arrangement of just a few different elements: the voice, the choir, the guitar notes, accomplishes much with very little. It's an exotic piece of nostalgia, pining for a forgotten time of peace, with a melody worthy of that blood-and-gold sunset along the coast.
Electronic Soul duo Equals are 21st century modernists from east London.
Music writer and podcaster.