I written previously about the band Quail (see https://roymusicusa.com/2019/12/15/im-verklempt-blue-sky-by-quail/) when they released their first single, Blue Sky. They recently put out their second single, Crazy and I can’t help be impressed by the talent on display. Written by bassist Anna Young and lead vocalist Madison Carrol, it’s a great “kiss off” song that starts as piano based pop and morphs into horn riffing soul. Don’t take my word for it, just listen.
Quail – Crazy (Official Audio)
Below is a beautiful cover of Yebba’s Evergreen that features some wonderful vocal harmonies. Close your eyes and be moved.
Evergreen – Yebba (Quail Cover)
This final video is something a little different. It was featured as part of the New Music Ensemble program of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art here in NYC (also known as the “Fame” school) of which both Anna Young and her brother Nicky were part of. Needless to say, this year’s program was different from those in the past. Written by Nicky, arranged by Anna (who also did the video editing for both Evergreen and the video below), it’s a haunting neo soul tune that captures the weird existential dread that was/is Covid-19 NYC. It’s also a great tune that “earworms” it’s way into your head.
LaGuardia High School of Music & Art New Music Ensemble 2020 – No Such Thing As Saturday
As I’ve said in my prior post on Quail, I’ve known Nicky and Anna literally their entire lives. I’ve seen them grow up into amazing musicians and more importantly, amazing people.