Canadian duo Co/ntry are the sort of 80s infused bass driven synth tinged bliss confection rarely seen in the modern music landscape. Their first two offerings Cash Out and Living in a Body are the sort of signals that hint of something seemingly old school yet refreshingly new to come out of the ever reliable Canadian stables. Both tracks are featured on the band’s debut album Cell Phone 1 that releases today!
With Cell Phone 1, Co/ntry makes its way through a sweaty flickering dancefloor, swaying to the sound of vivid synthesizers. There is a sense of urgency, only challenged by the multi-layered voices and the mind-boggling effects created by the duo. Through his lyrics, Sheppard shares his inner preoccupations, his out-of-body and inner-body experiences, giving the album a hedonistic philosophy. This sophomore record, produced by David Whitten and Emmanuel Ethier, will be up for grabs on April 14, under Fantôme Records, and is already available for pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp. In March, Co/ntry supported Cell Phone 1 at SXSW, with the Montreal album launch party due to take place at the Théâtre Fairmount on April 14.
One look at Beaver Sheppard’s extensive résumé gives a pretty good idea of the universe in which Cell Phone 1 was born. An icon within Montreal’s underground scene, the singer-songwriter also wears the cape of visual artist, chef (rip Bethleem XXX) and after-party figure. He met his accomplice David Whitten through a band lotto organized by Pop Montreal, in which artists must make songs in a single night. “Everyone I was supposed to work with
had dropped out. I didn’t even know if he was any good or anything; I just asked him. He had a weirdness to him”. It is through this spontaneity and sensibility that Co/ntry saw the light. As their night-bird lifestyle commends, they soon became an inescapable act in the city’s after-party scene. The public’s enthusiastic reaction gave the duo the confidence to keep the project alive and produce a first album, Failure, recorded in a single three-hour session.