Whenever the term “song of the summer” gets discussed, it’s often in the context of something anthemic. Of course, that type of physically unitive tune has its place, and I definitely appreciate the allure of epic polished pop. Nonetheless, I’m going to go out on a precarious limb and forego the fist pumpers this season. My summer song is officially “Early Adopter” by Montreal trio Cobra & Vulture.
The track moves along with a dreamy pulse. Layered and intertwining vocal harmonies pull the listener in, while dueling synth lines forge warmth atop pithy drum loops. Plus, how many other songs can you name that contain a Tamagotchi simile?
I’ve always enjoyed Cobra & Vulture’s output. However, two summers ago (back when they were Nightwood), I attended one of their gigs at L’Escogriffe in Montreal and proceeded to swoon with giddy fandom. Their live set was so invigorating, fresh, and exciting; I felt like I was fifteen again, hearing PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me for the first time.
In 2011, they released a 4-song EP entitled Seer, which is available as a free download here. And if you’re like me — ravenous for more, fear not; Cobra & Vulture have an album on the way. In the meantime, the band is launching a new 3-song EP entitled Vocare. The release takes place tomorrow, Saturday, June 2, at Death of Vinyl (6307 St. Laurent, Montreal) at 3 pm. Both Vocare and Seer will be available on cassette.
If you can’t make it, Vocare, which contains “Early Adopter,” is available here.