Piper Davis can do no wrong, as her long history of cool projects proves. Her group The Number Line has put out a number of fantastic singles (including a killer cover of Carly Simon’s “Why?”), and her collaboration with Neighbour last year still hasn’t left our tapedeck. But perhaps her best project yet is E1SBAR, the Toronto artist’s cross-border collaboration with Springfield, VA’s Francisco Cueto. And their second EP Televisual, which just came out last week, is without a doubt one of the best things we’ve heard all year.
E1SBAR’s debut EP Super Fantasy certainly set the bar high, and still sounds as fresh now as it did a year ago. But although the duo’s sound hasn’t changed, their ice-cold future-soul electropop has only become more intricate and fully realized, and Televisual sounds like the culmination of a lot of hard work and painstaking attention to detail. Six tracks of solid gold smooth synthpop, it explores the full terrain of the genre, from the undeniable dancefloor grooves like “Vapour” to atmospheric electro-ballads like “Snake Angel”. Basically, every song here could be a single. The North American heirs to Little Dragon?
We definitely can’t wait to hear a full-length album from these two! But in the meantime, this new EP will do us just fine. Televisual is available now from Bandcamp.