In 2011, a group of friends — each with massive talent of their own — came together to form The Strands, a jazz fusion band out of Santa Monica. Founded by expert bassist Paul Campbell, The Strands are fronted by British singer-songwriter Amanda Campbell (a newcomer to the whole music scene, though you’d never guess it from her moving, all-in performances) and backed by West Coast Blues hall of famer Richard Green on guitar and jack-of-all-trades musician Susan Ferrari on keyboard and harmony. Together, these four create vivid jazz-pop that certainly defies categorical suggestion.
A few years ago, The Strands performed “Love Is On The Line,” shot beautifully by Venice Beach film icon, Hso Hkam. The song opens with a shimmering jazz rhythm courtesy of multi-instrumental camaraderie before Amanda’s soulful voice swoops in singing poignant lines. When Susan joins in on backup vocals, a heavenly harmony swirls around consistent, layered rhythm lines and twinkles of piano beats. “Love Is On The Line” is rich with slow-burning, sultry tones and an impressive unity. The Strands work together, vibing off each other, each member’s expertise shining. Every element of the song — impassioned vocal performance, quick hints of tropical influence, vibrant instrumentation — is married with a hypnotic sense of sonic wonder.