For most people music often acts as a salve. The right song can conjure a vivid memory, set the scene, or enhance a mood. In other words, give you the feels. Brooklyn’s Cherubim make music that is convincingly feels-worthy.
First off by the time vocalist Alisha Roney sings the title of the lead-off track “Rough Rider” you’ll be in the mood for a drink. So step up to the bar and let Cherubim mix you a serene cocktail of pop infused R&B/Soul/Jazz.
Essentially a duo of multi-instrumentalists led by Roney’s (lyrics, ukulele, piano) hypnotizing voice and her partner Joey Ziegler (drums, percussion, piano, synths, ukulele) Cherubim create a chilled-out magnetic soundscape with their debut EP.
The five tracks move effortlessly between pop, soul, R&B and downtempo chill. The aforementioned “Rough Rider” has a Corinne Bailey Rae feel to it with Alisha’s stunning voice backed by the delicate strumming of the ukulele and that chill vibe. It’s simply gorgeous.
“Let” sways with a moody multi-layered Esperanza Spalding energy. “Runaway” begins with swirling horns before straddling the line between jazz and funk. The ukulele is front and centre again for “Depths” and the song builds to a brooding atmospheric electronic crescendo before slowly returning to earth. “Afterparty” closes out the EP, it ebbs and flows and throbs with a seductive pull.
Five tracks, all the feels.
Give us a short version of the bands’ history.
Met organically at a show in Manhattan summer of 2014, clicked, and started playing music together. Played a show three months after meeting and then started playing shows around NYC for a few months before realizing we were a band. Toured the west coast and Italy before FINALLY releasing an EP this last May, 2017. At our core, we are a duo, blessed with talented friends who we love to play music with.
Tell us about your hometown scene and how the band fit into the scene...
Brooklyn has a thriving music scene filled with a wide spectrum of genres. If you’re feeling in the mood for metal, surf rock, traditional jazz, hip hop, whatever, you can find that on any given night. We are an eclectic sound, a bit genre-bending, and lucky for us there’s a place in NYC for that too.
Tell us about your gear….
Our gear changes up a lot, but Joey curently plays a Roland JD-Xi synth and a two-piece drumkit. I usually play a Yamaha mm8 keyboard and my Kala ukulele. We’re experimenting with vox effects and an Alesis sample pad right now and are eager to widen our tool set.
Describe your sound as a cocktail – what would it be called and what would be in it?
We’d be a dark and stormy, because ginger beer is the shit and we’re moody.
If you could pick any time and place to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….?
1969 – Summer of love and Woodstock
I feel a strong urge to partner, uplift and support women in music. Women are still severely underestimated in all capacities in the industry, yet faith in us and our abilities enriches, strengthens, and broadens music.
If you could tour with any band/artist right now who would that be and why?
Would love to be touring with Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote or Solange. I feel a strong urge to partner, uplift and support women in music. Women are still severely underestimated in all capacities in the industry, yet faith in us and our abilities enriches, strengthens, and broadens music.
Give us your 10 song playlist for the tour van/bus/plane?
1. Constant Surprises – Little Dragon
2. Yesterday – Noname
3. Molasses – Hiatus Kaiyote
4. ANYTHING NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN
5.Plastic – Moses Sumney
6. Don’t Touch My Hair – Solange
7. Alright – Kendrick Lamar
8. Take It – Leron Thomas
9. All Rendered Truth – Lonnie Holley
10. Fuck Shit Stack – Reggie Watts
Give us two essential books to read.
-The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllebem
-The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
Find us lost in a thick forest, en route to a lake. Or exploring forgotten corners of the world. Maybe laying in a field, smoking a bowl and keeping a keen eye out for unusual cloud formations. Or with our feet in sand and frothy waves curling around our toes.
What’s up for the rest of 2017?
Singles, singles, singles! EU tour. Oh, and music videos because we all miss (early) TRL.