You Oughta Know About...Spacek

By Neil Drumming
Updated May 02, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT


— DEBUT ALBUM Vintage Hi-Tech

— MATHEMATICAL DESCRIPTION OF THEIR SOUND (Seal + A Tribe Called Quest) x Radiohead

— WHY WE THINK YOU SHOULD BUY THEIR ALBUM To be relaxed, romanced, and reminded that today’s R&B doesn’t have to sound like today’s rap. In fact, in the hands of the right tender-voiced technophiles, it doesn’t even have to sound like R&B.

— WHY THEY THINK YOU SHOULD BUY THEIR ALBUM ”There’s no pretense,” says producer Morgan Zarate, one third of a trio that includes singer/visionary Steve Spacek and instrumentalist Edmund Cavill. ”The songs are feel-based; we try to make music that’s instinctive. It’s new to us when we finish it, and that’s how we know it’s done right.” Adds Spacek: ”There are no rules.”

— WHY YOU’RE NOT HEARING THEM ON MAINSTREAM RADIO ”We’re coming with a lot of uniqueness at one time,” Zarate says. ”Both elements — the way we do the music and the way we treat the vocals — are fresh because that’s how it feels right for us. Steve could easily sing a [radio hook]. It just doesn’t come out that way. That’s not how we approach it.”


— WHY THEY THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM INSTEAD OF R. KELLY ”I don’t know. Has he been found guilty?” asks Zarate. Says Spacek: ”R. Kelly’s always been around. We’re just coming out now, so come check us.”

— WHAT’S NEXT More touring, DJ sets, and ”hopefully,” says Zarate, ”producing a few other artists from London.”

— WHAT THEY’LL BE DOING IN 10 YEARS ”You see it quite a lot with a lot of artists, innovators,” Spacek says. ”As time goes on I suppose the pay gets good and [their art] starts to fall by the wayside. It’d be nice if we’re still hungry the way we are now.”