Camilla Luna - Lost & FoundWritten by Andy Collins
After some detective work, Sherlock here discovers its BHLB.
The beat-maker deserves special credit as he/she underscores the albums' 13 tracks with creeping synth movements and hypnotic beats.
From the black/white sketched cover art you enter into Camilla's world with a sense of intrigue and trepidation, though it quickly dispels as you hear Camillas warm 'Baduesque' tones on Why Can't We.
This album isn't neo-soul though, and throughout, a darker 'gothic' R&B envelops you with tracks like; The One, Get Out, and I Just realised. It's dark and deep. Is there such a thing as Gothic Soul or has Camilla started something new?
There's also an overriding sense of experimentation as the combined elements in Camilla's musical laboratory produces variable results. At times the Norwegian songstress’s raspy, enigmatic vocals almost compete with the arrangements.
The albums final two tracks resonated with me: Stronger and Reach Out. The last track, in particular, is soulful, sensual and an ideal laid-back vibe for a dimly lit setting.
I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.