By: Caitlin Hoffman
Duos are a delightful epidemic. Every time I turn around there’s another pair of besties or siblings or college pals creating awesome originality, no full band set required.
LOVESUCKER is the project of Crystal Crosby (vocals, percussion) and Zoltan Von Bury (guitar, bass, drums, etc). Zoltan melds his 1970’s rock influence with an “indie sensibility”, while Crystal dubs her rivetting style “Gypsy Soul”, crediting Etta James, Grace Slick and Tori Amos for vocal inspiration.
Zoltan speaks of their sound: “The descriptions “Indie Funk and Gypsy Soul” actually have a true meaning or power source, if you will. This is who we are and what we do. …There are no examples for those terms because there is no one out there doing this sound; this is OUR sound.”
Their debut landed in the fall, and I just dipped my ear in. Sayonara Messiahnyde boasts some immense soul. Mississippi has been described as “intensely funky”, and I must agree. (Very rarely do you find such funk in a song denouncing slavery.)
Altogether it’s a scattered, dark, deep release, and yes, undeniably unique.