Conchita's Collective

So It Goes...

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The obvious antecedent for singer Conchita Campos is another New York-based female singer/pianist with a mixed American and South Asian heritage, Norah Jones. And on her seven-song debut EP, So It Goes... (which is actually credited to her band, Conchita's Collective, with three songs performed by Neoterics, consisting of Campos, Mychal Campos, and Nick Rivera), Jones fans will feel right at home with the jazzy folk-pop tracks. But a closer influence is really Laura Nyro, the urban white soul songstress of the 1960s and '70s. Campos is not as dramatic and emotional a singer as Nyro, but she traffics in the same musical style, and she does it very well. These songs have sinuous rhythms that Campos negotiates with ease, playing with the grooves as well as the romantic messages of the lyrics, and ably backed by her fellow musicians, especially on the Neoterics tracks that sometimes turn into duets.

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