Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ReSurface: Where Have You Been?

ReSurface‘Where Have You Been’… Not only the title of this new offering, but the first question coming to mind when thinking of ReSurface!
Well, no need to come out of Harvard to understand the meaning of this name, itself being the amalgamation of Surface (a three-piece Soul vocal group formed by the beginning of the 80’s by the likes of singer/songwriter Bernard Jackson, multi-instrumentalist David ‘Pic’ Conley and guitarist/songwriter David Townsend) and the prefix ‘Re’, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning ‘again’ or ‘again and again’ to indicate repetition.
What a more clever name, as a matter of fact, even though needing a bit of clarification for a better understanding and therefore havin’ us respoonding to the initial question…

Surface made their debut back in 1983 on Salsoul Records with the memorable ‘Falling In Love’, eventually given a remix courtesy of Shep Pettibone, followed by ‘When Your Ex Wants You Back’ the following year. Moving to the West Cost, they would get a deal with Columbia Records, releasing their self-titled debut-album in 1986 featuring the memorable ‘Happy’. An album followed 2 years after by ‘2nd Wave’ that spawned the hit singles ‘I Missed’, ‘Closer Than Friends’, ‘Can We Spend Some Time’, ‘You Are My Everything’ and ‘Shower Me With Your Love’. 1990 seeing the release of  ‘3Deep’, probably their most vibrant offering ever featuring the classic ‘The First Time Ever’ and the outstanding ‘Give Her Your Love’. The group eventually disbanding in 1994 with the departures of Jackson and Townsend, then reforming with the release of ‘Love Zone’ in 1998 which would happen to be their last effort together. Townsend sadly passing of unknown causes on Oct. 26, 2005 at the age of 50…
10 years have gone since, but the high musicality which had been for much on Surface‘s signature is still around on that recently released album called ‘Where Have You Been’ born from the collaboration between original member David ‘Pic’ Conley’ and singer John Feva whose main influences – something one can definitely feel – range from Michael Jackson to El DeBarge

“Because of my past music, I still wanted to keep things pretty much close to the Surface in doing this record. So that’s kind of what you should be expecting… Not a lot is new under the sun, but I just took the old and blended it with the new to bring you what we have”, explains Conley who, along with Feva, got themselves surrounded by a team of musicians made of Gene Lennon, Gene Lake, Jam Benton, Derrick ‘Derky’ Culler and, more recently, Martin Blockson and Mjestie Brooks.

‘Where Have You Been’ pretty much illustrates where ReSurface are, rising from the ashes like the phoenix and therefore definitely deserving a careful check by those of us in search of 5 star quality music, as to be found for instance on the stunning ‘You Got What I Want’

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