PRE-ORDER ITEM : Expected September 12th 2014. This item will only be shipped to you on or after the official release date. Please note any orders containing pre-order items won't be shipped until all items are available, so please order this separately to avoid delays. Please remember that release dates are at the mercy of labels, distributors, and pressing plants and will change constantly.
We've been sitting on this one for a while. COEO first came to our attention over a year ago, and while we scooped up the tracks included on their LPH debut, Sunkist, right then and there, due to scheduling snafus and a bursting-at-the-seams calendar, we weren't able to place the EP for months and months. That said, considering the sheer euphoria and brightness of the record, it seemed only right to unleash it into the world in August, when the days are longest, the BBQs most frequent, and you can't walk a block without passing a rooftop party or backyard blowout.
COEO, which is comprised of Florian Vietz and Andreas Höpfl, two Münchners, already have a couple releases to their names—an EP for Dabit, an appearance on a Sccucci Manucci comp—but we humbly consider this to be their first proper solo EP; it includes four originals and a remix.
With “Sunkist,” it's immediately clear that these kids are fans and followers of garage. The track is built around a bouncy bass riff that lingers and weaves like smoke from a cigarette. Atop that is laid chopped-up vocals, buttery smooth keys, and a touch of simulated vinyl crackle for good measure, all staples of tunes that worm their way into your ear and stay there for good.
The A-side is filled out with a remix from Graeme “the Revenge” Clark, a longtime friend as well as frequent LPH party guest. Clark consolidates the bits and pieces of the original into something squarer and more to the point—but no less summery or peppy—while adding his own flare (some polyrhythmic drums, extra chords, new vocals, bleeps and bloops). From there, we gently ease into the B1, “Be,” a cut built in a similar way to the A1, but with a bit more in-your-face punch and a pressing air. The record is concluded with “Thinkin' 'Bout You,” a swinging, sax-laden tune that flutters around the upper registers more so than the others.
The fellas presented us with such a wealth of awesomeness that we figured we'd tack a bonus song onto the package, something we've not done in a couple years. “Good Love” acts as a sort of summary of the tracks that preceded it: it's fidgety and twitchy—but not in an overwhelming way—and, simultaneously, easy on the ears, a glossy, sugary confection you'll find yourself returning to time and time again.