Coco O.

Danish soul diva putting minimalistic approach to maximal effect.

Coco O. has long been a known name in the Danish music scene. As part of the collective Boom Clap Bachelors and later the duo Quadron with producer Robin Hannibal. The two moved to L.A., released a couple of well-received albums but never enjoyed the breakthrough everyone expected. The duo broke up, and Coco O. was left in L.A. with no plan and plenty of doubt.

Following her work with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Tyler, the Creator, one might assume that Cecilie Maja Hastrup Karshøj would immediately make a name for herself as a solo artist, but she kept fans waiting for years until she finally released her debut solo album It’s a Process in 2021. An album well worth the wait.

Coco O. occasionally mixes her minimalist soul with elements of R&B and funky, Prince-y detours. There’s a little Sade here, a little Solange there, but it’s ultimately all about Coco O. as she generously shares her heartache and her tales of the American music industry.

Coco O. is back in Denmark where she’s a big fish in a small pond. Her words. And why not be honest? Honesty is a keyword on her debut album that she not only wrote but also self-produced. On stage, though, she’s far from alone as she takes her minimalist songs and create a bigger, fuller sound, losing none of the intimacy along the way.

 

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