Co La

Moody Coup

Software SFT 027
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CO LA is the primary project of musician and producer MATT PAPICH, whose explorations of sample-based electronic music have culminated in Moody Coup. The emotional palette of Moody Coup, Papich’s second album and first for Software Recording Co., is more complex than its exuberant predecessor Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes 2011). Where that record's relentlessly bucolic tone drew from the saccharine core of reggae, exotica, and ‘60s girl groups, the bedrock of Moody Coup is elusive and abstract. The various genre coinages that have been tagged to Co La's music before - new exotica, Avant-luxury, furniture music, etc. - fail to accommodate the brainier obsessions behind Moody Coup's genesis. A new brand of alchemy occurs in the album, where cryptic sources are enhanced and embellished to a point of transcendence. This departure is the brilliant process o of Co La's unpredictable electronic music.
Highlights of Moody Coup include "Remarkable Features," which consolidates the prior seismic scope of Daydream Repeater into a dance floor standout. "Deaf Christian" transforms a Neil Sedaka doo-wopper into a mesmerizingly dark House cut, complete with synth chasms and haunting voice chants (supplied here and throughout the record by Angel Deradoorian). The meticulously crafted "Suspicious" ventures into more calming pastures - an extra dimensional, dubbed-out take on the Psychic TV gem by the same name.
At the outset of Moody Coup, "Sukiyaki (To Die For)" melodically alludes to the Kyu Sakamoto song "Sukiyaki.” The original was penned as a mournful assessment of post-war Japan's relationship to the US, albeit dressed by Sakamoto as a love song. Ironically, "Sukiyaki" became a hit oversees in the US and was later covered by A Taste of Honey. Rather than translating the lyrics, A Taste of Honey set new words to the original melody. (Stranger still, the word "Sukiyaki" itself refers to a Japanese hot dish).

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