Summer isn’t quite over. Sure, once Labor Day rolls around, it’s the unofficial end and you’re thinking about cardigans and changing leaves. Listen to this sunny, uplifting pop duo– perfect for driving around with your windows rolled down or dancing barefoot in wet grass. The Blue Dolphins is two-time Grammy Award winner engineer Alfonso Rodenas and Victoria Scott. The two met at rock pit The Cat Club on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and started playing and recording together in 2010. Scott grew up outside of London where she learned to play the recorder, piano, and guitar and taught herself to sing by age 12 emulating the varied styles of Carole King, Nina Simone, N’Dea Davenport and Aretha Franklin. From Spain, Rodenas played bass in indie pop-rock band Vitamin Vil, and has since worked as a freelance producer, recording, and mixing engineer in Los Angeles, California.
The Blue Dolphins
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Review Fix chats with The Blue Dolphins: Alfonso Rodenas and Victoria Scott who discuss their new EP, “Walking in the Sun,” as well as their influences and goals for the future. Inspired by acts the likes of Carole King, Crosby Stills, , and Paul Simon, their sound is rich in nostalgia but trendy enough to grace the radio soon enough.
Review Fix: What did you learn from the first album and how did it affect this EP?
Alfonso Rodenas: We realized that we have something that people can relate to, a sort of a naked honesty, a sincere voice without premeditation. People seemed to dig that and the universal appeal of the songs. We have tried to preserve that in this fully produced recording.
Review Fix: What musicians influence you guys the most?
Victoria Scott: Songwriters , Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, Paul Simon, The Doors, . We make our own sound out of these and the melting of our cultural heritages (UK and Spain), and the musical decades we have lived through. I listened to a lot of Prince, , Astrid Gilberto, Acid Jazz, and Bob Dylan.
Rodenas: We listen to all types of music, but there is always this unstoppable attraction to the roots and the sound of that established the principles of modern popular music in the late sixties till the mid seventies.
Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Rodenas: Our sound is a rich and complex mixture of roots, eclectic and singer song/writer oriented. I have tons of influences from the last 40 years of music history, it’s very timeless and far away from calculated authenticity with very powerful, clean and brilliant sonic aesthetics.