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The Compact / Press

"this duo lays down some fine grooves, courtesy of bass player Steven W. Ross, over which lead singer Hobson serves up velvet-like vocals with an attitude, in the spirit of Jessica Molaskey, Edie Brickell and Belinda Carlisle."

“I’m beginning to realize why The Compact delivers a great live show. It’s because everyone’s a real player. But unlike so many jam bands, when you listen close there’s actually a song here under the solos.”

“Here’s a young woman with a virtuosity that can thrill an audience, but who chose to collaborate with a partner to find something more important. The resulting band, The Compact, categorically refuses to be pinned down. Or musically wank.”

“And could it be that much of what Steven W. Ross brings to the party, aside from a never-brag/never-sag bass line, is one damn sweet mix? The difference is in the ears. For The Compact goes for what was once part of popular music, but is missing from much of today’s music: color and texture.”

“A compact is a serious commitment between individuals and no more so for "The Compact," whose two partners, both from Red Hook, take life lightly, but music seriously.”

“One earful of these huge grooves, rich colors, precision-perfect textures, and adventurous solos will keep you coming back repeatedly to pick up nuances you may have missed the first time around.”

“The songwriting team of Erin Hobson and Steven Ross churns out catchy melodies and evocative syncopations that never cease to surprise. From alt-pop, rock, Americana, funk, folk, and a world-music sound, their one-of-a-kind ensemble weaves tapestries of intimate, thought-provoking musical fare with unexpected lyrical depth and sensitivity alongside Hobson’s smooth, cozy croon”