Title - 'Night & Day' (Triple Crown)
Artist - The Secret Handshake
You know that feeling you get when you play a CD, one you have never heard of but are willing to give a spin, and come the end of it you can honestly admit to yourself that there was not one bad song heard! And then, just in case you tuned out halfway through, you spin it again, and again, finding out; as you listen more intently each time, that every single song is, well, unique and fun?
Well, it doesn't happen that often in my business, given that I review a hat load per week, but luckily for me The Secret Handshake's 'Night & Day' landed on my lap, was given some spins, and fast left that imprint noted above on my mind.
Luis Dubuc, and his one-man band The Secret Handshake has penned and recorded scores of songs by himself, but here on 'Night & Day' he has really matured. Here you'll find a fusion of melodic-pop, Dubuc's signature electronic-pop, and even samples that come together to provide an album chock full of inspiring, gripping melodies.
Now, I'm not saying he's reinvented the band’s (musical) identity, but it has to be said that - and for the first time away from his indie market that I have been told by those that know - this is the first time he's seemingly been influenced by the groove, the depth of emotion only Motown can provide.