Combining the soulful ache of Simply Redâ€™s Mick Hucknall with the sultry falsetto of Smokey Robinson, Lemon resurrects the plaintive longing and raw sexuality of vintage R&B with the synthesized rhythms of â€˜80s modern rock. A duo consisting of vocalist Roger Smith and multi-instrumentalist Thor Madsen, the New York-based Lemon generates body heat from their funky, sweltering grooves. The propulsive â€œAinâ€™t Coming Backâ€ recalls Peter Gabriel in his mid-â€˜80s prime as Smithâ€™s deeply emotional and urgent vocals fuel Madsenâ€™s grinding keyboards while â€œOne Night Standâ€ is reminiscent of Princeâ€™s midnight eroticism.
Eschewing the discordant noise and basement production of â€˜90s alternative rock, Lemon champion melody and clear, straightforward songwriting, utilizing modern technology to create evocative atmospherics with old-school pop hooks. If Motown had begun releasing albums in the 21st century, then Lemon wouldâ€™ve been among their prime artists.
â€œThe warmth of Smith’s singing is complemented beautifully by Madsen’s dreamy keyboard textures,â€ raved renowned U.K. Adam Harrington.
Take a taste of Lemon now.