KARMACODA enchants with ‘Dreaming,’ blending soulful R&B and Jazz influences

"Dreaming is about…everything I do, you are in it. I literally see our love or what we had in the past in everything …and it can be as simple is the burning of a candle light, reminds me of that time, that was just you and I..."
7 June 2024
Photo by Gianfranco Bichine

The soulful San Francisco-based trio KARMACODA drops their enchanting new single, Dreaming, via Sola Musa Music. Comprised of Jessica Ford (vocals), Brett Crockett aka B. (vocals and producer), and Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist Eric Matsuno (bass and unique elements), KARMACODA has carved out a distinctive niche in the music world. 

With an impressive discography and numerous accolades, the group has skillfully navigated genres like electronica, chill, trip-hop, R&B, rock, and dream pop over the past two decades. Their ever-evolving sound now melds soulful R&B with jazz lounge influences, drawing favorable comparisons to renowned artists like Adele, Lana Del Rey, and Massive Attack.

From the airwaves to the big and small screens, their music has gained traction, with nods from NPR Music and RTÉ 2XM, and inclusions in film and TV soundtracks. The trio has won multiple awards, such as the Hermes Creative Awards (Platinum) for the Lo-Fi Girl video and Make Me The One video, which also earned the Unglued Music Video (Gold) and three Davey Awards for Video Entertainment, Best Use of Music, and Art Direction (all Silver). 

Dreaming is a soulful duet that blends atmospheric synths, lush R&B percussion, and captivating chords. Jessica and B. deliver a passionate performance that takes listeners on a dreamy voyage into love.

Let’s get behind the scenes of KARMACODA’s latest creation, Dreaming. We’re pulling back the curtain to reveal the inspirations and craft that bring their signature sound to life.

We believe that if it moves us, it will move you. We don’t put it out unless we are feeling something…we hope it resonates

Tell us everything we should know about Dreaming, and what emotions or themes does it explore?

Dreaming is about…everything I do, you are in it. I literally see our love or what we had in the past in everything …and it can be as simple is the burning of a candle light, reminds me of that time, that was just you and I…it’s about “the little things” igniting those special feelings and keep me dreaming of you, what we were and what we had.

How do you manage to blend electronica, chill, trip-hop, R&B, rock, and dream pop to craft your distinctive sound?

When 3 different musicians come together from very different musical backgrounds and don’t force the creative process into the obvious structure – art can be born. These days the music industry wants to shove “what works down your throat” and there’s not creativity anymore. We love allowing the music to just “create”. So, whatever you want to call it, we love it!

How has your extensive discography and two-decade career influenced the evolution of your sound as a trio?

We grow in our musicianship, or taste, our and desires in life in general, it happens in music also… it will continue to evolve

Dreaming is described as a duet that exudes soulful romance. Can you walk us through the creative process behind crafting this emotive piece?

I started writing this song about “dreaming of you” and the memories…as I was writing I could hear B.’s amazing vocals telling the story, and the duet was born.

Jessica, you mentioned writing the lyrics and melodies for Dreaming. Could you share more about the collaborative process between you and B. in bringing this song to life?

B. Sent me the Skelton of a song, a musical track to write too…I just allow the inspiration to take the song where I feel it wants to go. I usually start with the Chorus or hook…flow into verse 2…then figure out where the story should begin.

Your music has garnered support from various online publications and radio stations. How does this recognition impact your approach to creating and sharing your music?

It certainly is wonderful to have amazing support, I hope the people listening will find out other music and sit, back and enjoy

When creating music for film and TV scores, how does your approach differ from creating standalone singles or albums?  

It doesn’t…new are just lucky enough to already be creating ambient, dramatic music and that seems to go well with emotions scripts.

How do you strive to capture sentiments like themes of nostalgia & longing, and resonate with your audience through your music?

We believe that if it moves us, it will move you. We don’t put it out unless we are feeling something… we hope it resonates.

Eric, as the group’s multi-instrumentalist, how do you influence and shape the sonic identity of KARMACODA’s music?  

In the early stages of developing a song, we often begin with just an image or a sound effect, aiming to transform it into a complete track. These initial ideas might lack structure but promise to provide a vivid sonic depiction of a mood or feeling. My hands-on jamming along to these tracks often shapes these ideas into a pop structure, focusing on the textures and emotions they evoke. I like to influence the song into a more familiar form for the listener while at the same time adding some complexity. Ultimately, my influence is just a small part of the many conversations and remixes that drive our creative process.

What can listeners anticipate from your forthcoming album, You and I, and what aspirations do you hold for the band’s future endeavors?

They can get ready to go down a land of emotion, a time capsule…we are making a memory that will be looked back at someday as an important moment in time. We treasure this time together. We are interested in seeing what the future holds.