In the expansive world of soul from Scandinavia, you can uncover artists whose music glides into your life without elaborate fanfare or aggressive media advertising. A perfect example is the Finnish/US duo – Eda Wolf. Even the creative cover artwork to their EP Spring Came Slow is delicately understated. The hand-painted image features colourful foliage and two camouflaged hummingbirds perhaps symbolising the organic essence contained within.
Based in New York, Eda Wolf consists of Dea Juris and Emiliano Flowerman and this EP, released on Immigration Records, is their debut since forming in 2014. As the band say ‘the best stuff takes a while‘.
The pair balance R&B grooves with emotive lyrics about the complexities of love. The six-track EP opens with the up-tempo, feel-good single and EP title track – Spring Came Slow. It’s a wonderful introduction to Eda Wolf with a catchy hook to draw in listeners old and new. Miss Me – continues to radiate a dance floor magnetism with a solid bass and soulful/R&B vocals. I don’t think I’d be alone in begging for several remixes of this!
Modern electronic R&B keeps the groove with the dynamic and songful with Reckless and the equally standout – Hold Me Steady. Throughout Dea’s vocals are gentle, clear and harmonically-rich.
Spring Came Slow may have taken a while to arrive but it was worth the wait. The EP is an excellent calling-card of a band who demonstrate they can produce a captivating sound to move to or create an ideal late night atmosphere.
Now that IS something to shout about.