Quadron | Music DuoThis duo may be Danish, but its music is dessert for the soul lover. —BENÈ VIERA
A DANISH electro-soul duo like Quadron has never felt so authentic. Real-life heartache isn’t a prerequisite for Quadron’s soul-wrenching two-step melodies, either. “I realized that because I never had a boyfriend until like a month ago, I’ve been very depressed for 25 years,” says chanteuse-songwriter Coco O, who along with producer Robin Hannibal, 31, supplies electronic emo for their sophomore LP Avalanche (Vested in Culture/Epic). “I realized I had to write about that and stop faking the lyrical content.”
Coco and Robin first blended their groovy in 2008, after a mutual friend introduced them in their hometown of Copenhagen. Through their shared love of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the duo (whose name pays homage to their respective African and African-American great-grandfathers by remixing the word “quadroon”) recorded its self-titled 2009 debut (Plug Research). But this twosome is no Motown imitation. “It’s important that we’re not a retro group trying to emulate something that’s already been made,” says Hannibal. If Coco has it her way, they’ll soundtrack memories with rhythm and Kleenex: “I want people to dance while they cry,” she says.
Now that Coco need not force emotional lyrics anymore, how will Quadron avoid the same “happily in love” curse of predecessors like Mary J. Blige? “Now I can write some actual great love songs,” she says. “Or maybe he’ll break my heart. We’ll see.”