Cots Debuts “Flowers” (Fresh Cut)
Montreal multi-artist Steph Yates AKA: Cots, has shared “Flowers (Fresh Cut)” – the second single off her forthcoming Moonlit Building EP, the album was produced with Olivier Fairfield. Rearranged from its original form as the beautiful skeletal bossanova track “Flowers,” the new “Fresh Cut” version is tilted askew with robotic drums pronouncing the song’s ambling essence with mis-emphasis. Fairfield – a member of art-punk outfit FET.NAT and contributor to Andy Shauf, Timber Timbre, Last Ex and many more – reimagines Steph Yates’s elegant nylon string dirge by removing that elemental guitar, instead wrapping warped samba-inspired levity around its soft implication.
Yates says: “I have long admired Olivier’s rhythmic sensibility and his knack for moodiness in production, and felt he might be a good match for this set of songs. Working in-studio together was collaborative and experimental: trying things out, trading off instruments, seeing what stuck.”
The new perspective on “Flowers” underscores the depth of Yates’s songwriting throughout Cots’s nascent catalogue. The Guelph, Ontario-bred musician cut her teeth in the local DIY scene, where she learned to be “loud, assertive, and unabashedly scrappy” in outfits like Esther Grey and Cupcake Ductape. A startling evolution of her lush sonic palette, the Moonlit Building EP shows how far Cots’s spare and lovely sound can bend without breaking. The recently released title track, “Moonlit Building,” deepens its somber, mysterious beauty, her off-kilter folk absorbing noir qualities from Fairfield’s accompaniment, her crystalline voice devolving in unison with his gravely baritone, cavernous guitar, and eroding rhythm.
1. Moonlit Building
2. Flowers (Fresh Cut)
3. Devil Does
4. The Woman With No Face
5. No Way No How
Purchase Moonlit Building by Cots HERE
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