Italian passion meets British quirk might be the best way to describe the genre-messy duo ‘redbook’.
Swiss-born pop-lover Soraya Grosso brings rich, soulful vocals and a mastery of Italian classics to mould around British-born guitarist Jake Tweddle, a self-diagnosed coffee addict raised on a steady diet of Punk and Folk. All it took was a chance meeting outside the local cinema…
Sharing a passion for the unconventional the pair found themselves playing Swiss cave-bars, shipping containers and candlelit cocktail bars before releasing their acoustic ‘Sampler’ in 2017, which they launched with a concert from their own front room.
Genre-messy really is the term with the next two years seeing the release of ’Midnight’ (2019), a pop-inspired summer singalong tune, followed by the ‘Big Smoke Sessions’ EP (2019). The raw and unforgiving 4-track EP was born from 7 days in the studio blending folk, pop, funk and rock into the duos earliest tracks plus a bonus, straight-to-tape acoustic performance.
Their 2020 valentines day release ‘i love you’ took a closer look at the everyday love people tend to forget and is ‘’a reminder of the honesty and simplicity that can come from a love song’’ (A1234 blog). It captures that familiar feeling of delicateness that Soraya could only describe as, ‘‘when you want to cuddle a dog but you know you can’t squeeze too tight’’. Puppy love aside, the song is an “embrace full of love” with ‘‘honest and raw” storytelling “instantly connecting with the listener’’ (CeasarLiveNLoud).
Their single ‘little friend’ took a whole new direction sounding somewhere between a lullaby and a ballad. Released in late 2020, the tracks the ‘James Bay’-esque guitar lines and soaring vocals made up the duos best received track to date. The entirely home recorded track is ‘mellow yet epic’ (RockDaFukOut) with poignant lyrics that frame the track as a conversation with a bird until being joined a literal choir of friends.
Soon after, the duo then found themselves in a 1000-year-old church recording a visually stunning, one-take live performance alongside a Gaelic choir with the live recording being released in early 2021.