My Favourite Place (Before Sunset) by Chris Coco #electronic #downtempo

Where is your favourite place? Do you even have one? I guess mine is looking over the roofs at sunrise. Chris Coco goes for the other end of the day saying “In the summer of 2016 I lived in Ibiza. I played 50 sunsets on the Spanish island and across the Mediterranean in Italy. When the season was over, reflecting on this busy time, I decided that my favourite place wasn’t so much one physical place, it was more a feeling that occurred at a certain time of day. My favourite place was anywhere, just before sunset, especially if there was a clear view of the sun setting into the sea.”

His new album – out on 6 October – is an encapsulation of that experience and that emotion. The album opens with Calm – Like Diamonds (feat Jan & Naomi). I’m not particularly one for vocal-led tracks that use lots of high harmonies but there’s something seductive about this. It’s followed by the total Balearic immersion experience of Before Sunset. Soft rock guitars vie with electronics and harmonies, like the lapping of waves on the shore.

Dinosaur Baby with Camillo Miranda shakes things up just a little to stop everything going for a bit of a lie down. Get your maracas out. This is followed by album highlight Una Tarde Calurosa (tr. A hot afternoon) which has that wonderful Spanish guitar and a pleasingly rump shaking approach.

Every Day is Today settles back down on the couch. A more piano-led piece, it strikes a more contemplative than hedonistic air. That thoughtful place is continued through into Gone To Ground but which ends up a bit too close to 70s soft rock.

Lillestrøm may hail from Northern climes but offers another album highlight. A deceptive tune, at one level it’s quite wispy but still manages a firm grip on the emotions. Delightful. Miracle Beach shuffles around but offers too much Knopfleresque guitar.

The album closes with Something Everything which let’s everything fade to close. The album is an immersive experience of soft electronic gentleness, probably best appreciated in sun and warmth.

Pre-Order now.

~ by acidted on September 18, 2017.

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