Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators
Keep Reachin' Up

[Light in the Attic, lightintheattic.net]

  When I got this record, first thing I did was I scrutinized the names of the musicians who played on the session. Why were most of them Finnish and what was electronic groove-meister Jimi Tenor doing here playing flute, sax and even contributing vocals? Wait, there's got to be a good explanation for this. There is. As it turns out, the wonder-woman on this session, Nicole Willis is Jimi Tenor's wife. Now, let's forget that there is a connection to Finland. Let's just deal with the hard truth - Nicole Willis is a major talent. This is someone to watch out for. Those vocals are sturdy and if anything, she sounds as if she's been doing this for ages. But wait, I'm looking at the photos. Truth is, she's too young. Whatever way you slice it, she somehow gained the experience and let it seep into her vocals. Her voice isn't just drenched in harsh reality of the world. There's still sunshine, love, sex and a certain mystery that boils inside. She's versatile enough that at will, she releases a dose of sweetness in your direction without a hitch. How are the tunes, you ask? Imagine The Supremes with the tightest band this side of Detroit. Best thing is most of the tunes fit within the three to four minute mark. Perfect pop songs waiting for their chance to be broadcast at a local station? Perhaps. Problem is nobody is playing this sort of soul-filled music on the airwaves. Even when the songs stretch past the three minute mark, we're still served very solid material. Take the six minute long "No One's Gonna Love You". With the screeching organ, an incredible horn section and a walking rhythmic line, the chorus erupts like a smoldering volcano time and again. Though this was issued couple years back on the Finnish Timmion imprint, it's now seeing the light of day outside of Finland. Incredibly tight music filled with ghosts of the past, "Keep Reachin' Up" sees the birth of a major new talent.

  - Tom Sekowski


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+ Henry Flynt - Nova'Billy
+ Les Rallizes Denudes - Are You Rallizesed? Shizuoka Stupa 1974
+ Jack Rose - Dr Ragtime & Pals/Self Titled
+ Clark-Hutchinson - A=MH2... expanded
+ The Deep - Psychedelic Moods
+ Dandelion - Dandelion
+ SHIRA U'TFILA - Sephardic Songs from the Balkans
+ Maja S. K. Ratkje - River Mouth Echoes

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+ Jason Ajemian - The Art of Dying
+ Lily & Maria - Lily & Maria
+ Modern Sound Quintet - Otinku / Rudy Smith Quartet - Still Around / Steel An'Skin - Reggae is Here Once Again
>> Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators - Keep Reachin' Up
+ Daniel Levin Quartet - Blurry
+ Death in June & Boyd Rice - Scorpion Wind
+ Paul Bradley - Màs Memorias Extranjeras
+ My Cat is an Alien / Mats Gustafsson - Cosmic Debris - Split Art-LPs series - Vol. IV / Painting Petals on Planet Ghost - Fallen Camellias
+ Davor Mikan - TŠuschung
+ Lars Fredriksson - Ting Qiu - Listening to Autumn
+ Setting Sun - Children of the Wild / Quitzow - Art College
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+ Big Dipper - Supercluster - The Big Dipper Anthology
+ Brian Agro - Procession of the Ornaments
+ Elektronavn - Cosmic Continuum
+ Heaven And - Sweeter As The Years Roll By
+ Club 8 - The Friend I Once Had - Club 8 - Spring Came, Rain Fell - Strangely Beautiful
+ Giacomo Merega / David Tronzo / Noah Kaplan - The Light and Other Things
+ His Name is Alive - Firefly Dragonfly EP
+ Robin Saville - Peasgood Nonsuch
+ RLW / TITO - Mahlzeit / Kiko C. Esseiva - Sous les Žtoiles
+ Borko - Celebrating Life
+ William Basinski + Richard Chartier - Untitled 1-3 / William Basinski - The River
+ Carl Stone - Woo Lae Oak
+ William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra - For Percy Heath
+ Various Artists - Recycling Records Presents: The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz... Ever! / Yasushi Yoshida - Little Grace / Nicola Ratti - From the Desert Came Saltwater
+ Cuong Vu - Vu-Tet
+ Martin Baumgartner - Shoot's Huft
+ Lindha Kallerdahl - Gold
+ Worrytrain - Fog Dance, My Moth Kingdom
+ David Buchbinder - Odessa/Havana
+ She & Him - Volume One
+ Lead Sister II - Interplanetary Craft