Quick Before It Melts Review
Lately I’ve been gravitating to a lot of male/female collaborations, mostly of the roots/country variety, and one of the best pairs I’ve come across is Christina Simpson and Ricardo Khayatte, who collectively are The Reckoners. A quick read-through of their one sheet tells you the pair met “in a log cabin in the woods” on a group ski weekend trip. I swear, when you hear these two sing together, you’ll swear that trip was organized by destiny. Delicate interwoven melodies create the perfect backdrop for their voices, and together the whole concoction is intoxicating. Khayatte is a smooth blend of Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams, while Simpson sweet counterpoint oddly reminds me of a cross between Jacqui Abbott (ex of The Beautiful South) and Sarah Harmer.
…And The Sky Opened Up is The Reckoners’ debut EP, just six songs long, but a powerful first statement from a pair destined for great things. There’s chemistry in this combination beyond science and psychology. I firmly believe that somewhere out there, each of us has a soul mate, not just a romantic match but a creative match as well. Simpson and Khayatte and proof positive of that.
The Vancouver-based duo will be performing in their hometown at The Biltmore cabaret on August 30, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival on October 16, and at Cafe Deux Soleils on November 13. You can pick up …And The Sky Opened Up now at iTunes.