The first release since their stunning EP In and Out of Time (our #2 EP of 2014), “Talk to Me” is decidedly on the more psychedelic and energetic side of their sound. Coco Khan’s echoey coos float in an ether above an unrelenting synth bass, with hypnotic synths contrasting strangely (but perfectly) with the pummelling snare. No surprise at all that we’re in love with this, and hope it means more from Cocobeurre on the horizon. For now, grab “Talk to Me” from their Bandcamp page.
Loveland: land of the love, land of the chill. Halifax singer-songwriter Robert Loveless’ five-piece band once again proves to be a reliable and exciting groove-making machine, with each song off of their newest album being a testament to their strengths as a band.
Loveless is still the Prince to his band’s Revolution, but it’s their collective neo-retro charm that makes Chill For You superb. Clearly these people have mastered the art of the slow-jam: third song “Lonely Life,” a duet that features vocals from keyboardist Rindy McDonald, deserves a nod for being such an endearing mix of ’80s nostalgia and twee pop. But opener “925 5212” is the best of the bunch, with its smooth electro-funk production and awesome falsetto hook. Indie-pop gold.
The band will be touring in support of this new release; check out the dates on their website.
It hits the cover sweet spot: translating everything great about the original song into a brand new feeling that stands on its own legs. Made with analog gear (true to Lanza’s original vision), this new version has softer vocals, silence liberally woven into the beats for dramatic effect, and a distinctive, dreamy playfulness.
The duo, Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield, have been playing it as part of their live show, which you can catch in the coming weeks in Montreal (with former-Majical Cloud Devon Welsh!) on January 25 or in Ottawa on February 2.