Laura Reed & Deep Pocket: Soul: Music

By: Bill Clifford

Soul:Music is the debut recording from Asheville, North Carolina-based Laura Reed & Deep Pocket . An apt title, the album is full of sultry, southern soul and gospel, richly textured reggae and undulating, moving funk. Reed's conscious lyrics lean toward the socio-economic, as the 23-year-old South African native studied sustainable development at nearby Boone. Even the CD packaging made of hemp. Vocally, her voice is nasal in tone and high in register, akin to early recordings from Joan Osborne or Erykah Badu.

The reggae drive of "Well" opens the CD, awash in thick swells of Hammond organ laid down by Ryan Burns. Turntable scratching and deep baritone harmony vocals back Reed's lyrics about a growing world population that's ravaging Mother Earth. Gritty, back alley horns (The Asheville Horns) add to Burns' Hammond on the similarly reggae-tinged love song "What's Going On," which is a band original and not a Marvin Gaye cover. "Rise Up" is a driving, bouncy and infectious call to action towards the global youth: "Soul People Got To Reach/ Soul People Rise Up." The stellar standout is the soulfully elegant "Praise You," a contemplative gospel ballad backed with beautiful, lush piano.

Independently released, Soul:Music won't bring Reed & Deep Pocket idol worship, but with infectious melodies, upbeat socio-conscious lyrics and varied musical styles rooted deep in history this is certainly a young and talented band with a groove worth getting into.

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I like it.. funky, soulful, groovy, and she has a killer voice!!!

Chaloupka starstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 10:54AM
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Cool sound! Probably gonna check out their upcoming show in Denver.

jagraham Mon 2/18/2008 04:35PM
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She is good for sure! Watch for her to get popular in a few years. I just posted one of the only live recordings of her on Check it out, buy their album, and go see a show!

Kindskatz starstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 05:23PM
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Hey Jagraham, can you post a link to that show, I'd love to hear it....

I like this album, but you really need to see the band to fully understand the leaps and bounds they've made musically. The album was recorded over a year ago now. The live show is badass. Definitely come to the Denver show(s), it's gonna be badass.

Full disclosure: I'm their Tour Manager. But that doesn't change the fact that Laura's voice kills and their live show rocks and you'll be seeing them everywhere this year....

Tim9 starstarstarstar Tue 2/19/2008 05:53PM
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Fully agree with the poster above about this band's progression. If you like the album, you'll love the show. Great band, great people.

Full disclosure: They played at my wedding back in the fall and most everyone in attendance agreed it was the most fun they'd had in a long time. Relatives I've never seen anywhere near a dance floor were shakin' it.

tribeincident starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/21/2008 03:04PM
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great great great great greatband and singing

LiNdSaY fAyE starstarstarstar Sun 2/24/2008 11:22AM
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LiNdSaY fAyE

Just checked them out in Jackson recently....strong, strong energy within the band, soulful sound for sure. Laura got down and involved in the crowd and everybody got their asses up to dance. I'm stoked to check them out again in April :)