Still emerging singer and pianist, as well as songwriter, Kandace Springs is one of those rare once in a lifetime talents who knows how to perfectly blend genres with Jazz, Soul, Blues, R&B and Pop. Which really shows on her very timeless sophomore album, Indigo. That takes cues from one of the few other artists with such talent and one of Springs own inspirations as an artist, Norah Jones own Blue Note Records debut album, Come Away With Me, for how organic her and her main producer, Karriem Riggins wanted this album to sound.
Succeeding to do so from the very opening record, Don’t Need The Real Thing, which is a really pop conscious record that highlights the very talented singer and pianists, sensuous and honey alto voice so effortlessly. While the very emotional Jamie Hartman-produced, Breakdown, will literally have you in awe over her amazing voice on the very minimalist and elegant arrangement, and the very graceful and intoxicating swoon she gives on, Fix Me, that has a Prince reference slid in, will have you truly mesmerized at her very amazingly intoxicatingly smooth voice and talent she is as a pianist too. It’s also one of several great collaborations between Springs and her album executive producers, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken. The very sultry R&B record, Piece of Me, about being killed slowly by a lover, easily one of the best records on the whole album being the other top two of her collaborations with Rogers and Sturken.
A mix of original records and covers like her just as timeless debut album, Soul Eyes, she released just a couple of years ago, Indigo, finds some of Springs best records on the album over covers. Just like the middle sequence of the Gabriel Garzón-Montano cover, 6 8 and Jesse Harris, Black Orchid, shows how she is at her best when she sings over stark backdrops. Not to mention the also very amazing freshness she gives with her very smooth and soulfully amazing voice on her cover of Tom Bell and Linda Creed’s classic, People Make The World Go ‘Round.
Springs really shows off her command of jazz on the very jazzy ballad, Unsophisticated, which along with her very jazzy soulful honey smooth vocals on the record, also features a very stellar solo from trumpeter, Roy Hargrove. Just when you think she couldn’t out due herself she continues to show off her very smoky great vocals on what’s easily if not the best record on the album, one of the top two or three with, Love Sucks. Her very devastatingly great take on Roberta Flack’s, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Voice, not only matches, but possibly even exceeds the original. While her very touching and admirable collaboration with her father, Scat Springs on album closer, Simple Things, is the perfect way to close out such a timeless masterpiece that really cements Kandace as one of the best voices of this generation and somebody who’s very great voice we will hear along with her great piano skills as well for several years and generations to come.